Day 12 Dakar 2014: Despres Wins Day, Coma Maintains Overall Lead, Barreda Falls Out Of Contention – VideoFri, 17 Jan 2014
The penultimate day of Dakar 2014 saw a dramatic change in the overall standings which could make for an exciting final stage tomorrow. Today, however, Yamaha Factory Racing rider Cyril Despres took his second special stage win of 2014 and his 33rd career win for Dakar. Coma, despite taking a 15 minute penalty, finished second for the day, maintaining his overall lead. Formerly second place overall, Barreda, had a day he would likely want to forget but never will, dropping to all the way to seventh the day before Dakar 2014s conclusion.
After taking the lead early in the day, Despres completed the day in a back-and-forth battle with Coma to the finish line. Depres faster time for the day determined his win with the result shifting Despres from seventh to fourth, overall. Olivier Pain, Despres teammate, finished third for the day, just six minutes behind his fellow Yamaha rider. Overcoming, not one but two falls, Pains result for the day places him in third overall, just 10:21 from second place.
Overall leader, Coma started his day having received a 15 minute penalty for changing engines in his KTM overnight. During his duel with Despres for the stage win, both riders had to double back on the course to find a waypoint that was within sight of the finish. Still, his days performance leaves him comfortably in first place overall with a seemingly insurmountable 1:5949 lead over KTMs Jordi Viladoms in second overall (finishing fifth today).
The heartbreak of the day goes, without question, to Joan Barreda. A victim of a broken steering head and some electrical problems, Barreda had to stop multiple times during the timed special to perform repairs to his Honda. He eventually finished 63rd for the stage, pushing his bike across the finish line 2:2935 after the winner. This phenomenal bad luck moved Barreda into seventh place overall without hope of recovering in the last day of racing.Classification Stage 12 1 Cyril Despres 03:5818 FRA YAMAHA Yamaha Racing 2 Marc Coma +0217 ESP KTM KTM Red Bull Rally Factory 3 Olivier Pain +0553 FRA YAMAHA Yamaha Racing 4 Helder Rodrigues +0721 POR HONDA TEAM HRC 5 Jordi Viladoms +0910 ESP KTM KTM Red Bull Rally Factory 6 Daniel Gouet +0952 CHI HONDA Tamarugal Honda Racing XC Rally Team 7 Kuba Przygonski +1045 POL KTM KTM Rally Factory 8 David Casteu +1103 FRA KTM Team Casteu 9 Ivan Jakes +1204 SLO KTM Nad Ress Adventure 10 Javier Pizzolito +1249 ARG HONDA TEAM HRC General standings after Stage 12 1 Marc Coma 52:4016 ESP KTM KTM Red Bull Rally Factory 2 Jordi Viladoms +01:5949 ESP KTM KTM Red Bull Rally Factory 3 Olivier Pain +02:1016 FRA YAMAHA Yamaha Racing 4 Cyril Despres +02:1401 FRA YAMAHA Yamaha Racing 5 Helder Rodrigues +02:2039 POR HONDA TEAM HRC 6 Kuba Przygonski +02:3723 POL KTM KTM Rally Factory 7 Joan Barreda +03:0454 ESP HONDA TEAM HRC 8 Daniel Gouet +03:1710 CHI HONDA Tamarugal Honda Racing XC Rally Team 9 Stefan Svitko +03:5245 SLO KTM Oraving Slovnaft Team 10 David Casteu +04:0142 FRA KTM Team Casteu
By Evans Brasfield
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