Jan 8, 2012
And finally the race was on again, only for short though! Restday is coming up, and a well earned one! Organizers said that the loop of the day (stage 7) was this week´s toughest stretch. Sand, dunes and some more sand to conquer.
The battle in the top between the KTM riders, Cyril Despres and Marc Coma, is most definitely ongoing. Though Cyril still is in the lead Marc Coma won stage 7. And with only 7:48min to the leader anything can happen.
Once again happy to announce all the Scandinavians are still in the race...though this hasn´t really been the rally of their lives. At least not when it comes to Norwegian Pål Anders, climbing a position and reaching 13th,.Still time to get back to the top ten, as we´ve becomed used seeing him. And Swedish Thomas Berglund on the Husaberg, who constantly had cooling problems and as a result boiling gas each and every day, and at the moment a 60th position in the overall. Instead of aiming for the top ten he´s now concentrating on doing a good run in the rally. Day by day.
Swedish Ronnie Bodinger might not be running fastest, but is indeed moving a long. And after stage 5 with a broken rib. Casualties of the Dakar. And a reminder of last year when he was on painkillers after a fall which damaged his shoulder. 91st in the overall.
Solid as a rock, talking about Danish Jes Munk. Reaching the finish each and every day, and holding a well earned 46th position.
After all, this might not be the best Dakar rally to some of the riders. But reaching the finishing of the Dakar is a performance of skills, endurance and never giving in attitude. Add some luck to that and you´ve got a winner no matter where in the results you are.
Rest day is coming up. Time to focus on the last part of the 2012 Dakar as it will continue for a few more days in Chile and then move on to new territory in Peru.
Provisional standings stage 7: Copiapo-Copiapo
Special Stage 419km
1 (2) Cyril Despres (FRA) 18.12.38
13 (6) Pål Anders Ullevålseter (NOR) +01.41:03
46 (86) Jes Munk (DEN) +06:08:00
60 (29) Thomas Berglund (SWE) +06.43.55
91 (107) Ronnie Bodinger (SWE) +12:33:50