The rally that kept all the fans on their toes for two weeks has finally made it to the finish. And what a race this year´s edition was. A duel in the bike category that kept on going stage by stage in the top between last year´s winner Mark Coma and his KTM team mate and rival Cyril Despres. Up till the end of yesterday´s stage nothing was certain. But then it all came clear what was about to happen as the gear box of Coma caved in. Cyril Despres - the new titel holder in the motorcycle category!
The Scandinavian contestants all made it to the end on the bikes. With absolutely nothing to lose Norwegian Pål Anders Ullevålseter put on a last show before the race was over, hammering the last dunes and winning the special stage 1.08 to Coma who finished 2nd. A Grande finale! Captain Berglund also let loose and made it to the finish as the 19th rider. Jes Munk on 43rd, and Ronnie Bodinger finished with his best stage performance, as 47th, 11.14 behind Ullevålseter.
One can only admire their achievement of reaching the end of a long race, adventure or journey if you wish, no matter what the initial plan was. Podium and celebration time is here!
FINAL RESULTS DAKAR 2012 - provisional
1 (2) Cyril Despres (FRA)
6 (6) Pål Anders Ullevålseter (NOR) +02.11.56
37 (29) Thomas Berglund (SWE) +12.13.59
50 (86) Jes Munk (DEN) +15.19.20
77 (107) Ronnie Bodinger (SWE) +23.52.51
6th PÅL ANDERS ULLEVÅLSETER (NOR)
37th CAPTAIN THOMAS BERGLUND (SWE)
50th JES MUNK (DEN)
77th RONNIE BODINGER (SWE)