Dakar 2022: Zuurmond drives cautiously in the dust of stage 9

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There was little to gain in the blood-fast ninth stage of the Dakar Rally 2022, but everything to lose. Gerrit Zuurmond felt little inclination to park his MAN against a boulder or another truck, so he took care in the dust.

The ninth stage, a 287-kilometer loop near Wadi Ad-Dawasir, offered the competitors lots of fast trails, where the maximum speed of 140 kilometers for the trucks was easily reached. The fast track was interspersed with sections with stones, which took the speed out of the race, and some dunes. Gerrit Zuurmond found these quite tricky. "Because the sun was high up, there was almost no depth to see," he said upon returning to the bivouac. Without shadows it is difficult to see where a descent ends and whether it has 'levels'.


On the fast trails, Zuurmond had a good time. "That's where the MAN comes into its own fully," he noticed. "That's when it's really strong. We drove together with William de Groot for a while. Our MAN is faster than his DAF, is my impression, but William dares to take much more risks in the dust than I do. I don't start with that. I don't feel like driving into a rock in the dust, with three days to go. And with William I already had a collision once, on the last day of the Morocco Desert Challenge. So I gave him the space."

With the 24th time at the finish of the stage, Zuurmond was satisfied. "Like I said, there are still three days to go and you're not there until the finish line."


Source: Rainbow team
Automatic translation from the original Dutch press release

Dakar 2022: Aleš Loprais consolidates his position

Aleš Loprais with Praga V4S DKR was a little bit further away from Andrey Karginov with Kamaz after the ninth stage of the Dakar Rally 2022. Today, he was three minutes behind the Russian competitor and thanks to that he slightly strengthened his fourth place in the truck category standings.

The circular stage, which started and finished in Wadi ad-Davassir on Tuesday, January 11, covered 491 kilometres, of which 287 kilometres were run as part of the special stage. Compared to previous days, there were fewer dunes and more dusty gravel and rocky sections. On the other hand, nothing has changed in the great balance of the absolute top of the truck category. The eight fastest riders at the end of the stage were all within ten minutes.

"At the first waypoint we lost a little bit and Martin Macík jumped over us. We rode in the dust behind him for a while and when the rocky passage started, Janus van Kasteren got ahead of us. But there was no point in risking the position we had gained so far. And it was worth it, because we caught him in the dunes, where a harder rebound caused some problems on the front axle. In the sand we caught up with the Kamaz, but it was not enough to overtake it and in the dust behind it we finished the last part of the special to the finish," summarizes Aleš Loprais, who finished the stage in sixth place with a six-minute loss to the fastest Eduard Nikolaev in the Kamaz.

"There was not much to gain in today's stage, but it was easy to lose a lot. We did a little bit of driving on Karginov. It's not completely great, but it's not bad either," said the Instaforex Loprais Praga Team driver, who has fifteen and a half minutes to spare in fourth place in the provisional classification ahead of fifth-placed Karginov.

"The truck was working without any problems today," adds on-board mechanic Petr Pokora. "Nice dunes, although there were few of them. On the other hand, there were a lot of rocky and trial passages where we drove slower because the risk of a puncture is high in these places and a loss in the overall standings would have been much more disappointing than a small gap in the stage."

Praga, with the starting number 508, still has a trio of Kamazs ahead of him in the standings. Aleš Loprais, Jaroslav Valtr Jr. and Petr Pokora are an hour and a half behind the leader Dmitri Sotnikov, while Anton Šibalov is 51 minutes behind the third-placed Anton Šibalov.

On Wednesday, 12 January, the 2022 Dakar will head to Bisha. This stage was run a year ago, only in the opposite direction. Motorcyclists in particular complained about its dangerously fast nature. Although the organisers have modified the route of the special stage (375 km), this year it is expected to be one of the fastest ever in the entire competition.



Source: Instaforex Loprais Praga Team
Automatic translation from the original Checz press release

Dakar 2022: Macik 3rd fastest in Stage 9, earns the podium

It seems this year’s Dakar is going to be thrilling until the very end. Tuesday’s Stage 9 brought a great finish for the yellow Iveco truck from Sedlcany, manned by the crew consisting of the driver Martin Macik, navigator Frantisek Tomasek, and the onboard mechanic David Svanda. The Big Shock! Racing crew managed to squeeze in between the Russian Kamaz trucks during an extremely fast run through the rocky track and landed in a great third place at the finish, only three seconds away from the second position. Martin Macik is now 9th in the overall rankings.

First time on the podium this year

Stage 9 of this year’s Dakar started a bit later. The organisers gave the crews who had been stuck in the ominous dunes of the previous stage more time to be ready for the start of the next stage. The Big Shock! Racing crew, however, finished the previous sandy special smoothly. And today’s stage was even better. They set a brutal pace from the start and were only slowed down by one of their competitors, who didn’t want to let the Sedlcany truck in front of them.

“It was a beautiful stage. Very fast. Sand here and there, otherwise we drove over gravel, rocks, trials. We went through beautiful valleys. The truck was in good shape, so we went on full throttle. I think we drove to victory today, just flying through the air. It was perfect. Frantisek’s navigation was top notch. Today’s third place is great, even though it could have been even better,” Martin Macik confessed at the end of the stage.

“Kamaz under pressure”

Martin Macik did not let the dominant Russians get away with it today. For most of the stage, he managed to stay in the TOP 3. When the title “Kamaz under pressure” appeared in the organizers’ results, the Czech fans cheered and watched the rest of the stage as the arrow marking the Big Shock! Racing truck approached the finish line. The whole team is ecstatic with the final result.

There are still three more stages in front of us this Dakar. And from the latest developments, it looks like they are going to be very interesting. Martin Macik’s crew is ready to fully enjoy them together with the team’s fans.

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Dakar 2022: Tenth place for Pascal de Baar in ninth stage

The ninth stage of the 2020 Dakar was a loop around Wadi Ad-Dawasir, a special of only 287 kilometers with a connecting route of 204 kilometers. Sand, dunes, beautiful rock formations and fast slopes were also the backdrop for the rally today.

For Gert Huzink, who initially had a good start, there was a setback in the form of navigation problems. Gert: “We had a really nice day with everything in it today, and the truck did great. Unfortunately, we had trouble finding a waypoint. Searching for that measuring point took us a lot of time today and that was a shame. Unfortunately, a top ten listing in the day standings was not possible, but we did have a really great day.” The Renault C460 Hybrid 'surfed' through the high, but fast dunes today and Gert Huzink is very satisfied with the truck. Fortunately, the loss of time was limited today.

Banger for Pascal

Pascal de Baar's team started the stage in fourteenth today and was able to follow its own course. After twenty minutes, De Baar was overtaken on the varied test. Pascal: “The pace was dizzyingly fast today, and the terrain was beautiful with beautiful canyons, plateaus and dunes. We reached neutralization together with Mitchel van den Brink but after that we soon past him. Half an hour later we were able to leave the Tatra of the Fesh Fesh team behind us in the dunes. That went well, and the pace in the dunes was high! That can be dangerous in the middle of the day, because then there is virtually no shade, making it difficult to estimate depths. We found that out hard-handed, because when we skipped a dune, there was quite a bang.”

Fortunately, it did not cause damage to the truck, but it did cause back-problems for the crew. After the hard landing, Pascal regained his pace: “It went well again, and then we also saw Janus van Kasteren with a flat tire. That was number four we overtook.”

Pascal de Baar crossed the line in tenth overall and third Dutchman today, just behind Martin van den Brink and Vick Versteijnen. It later turned out that the Renault C460 had suffered a hole in the crankcase due to the hard landing, but there were no major problems today for both trucks of the Riwald Dakar Team.

Gert Huzink is now in 14th position in the general classification and Pascal de Baar is in 18th position. Tomorrow the 10th stage will follow from Wadi Ad-Dawasir to Bisha, with a connecting route of 384 kilometers and a special stage of 375 kilometers. A route with lots of sand, mud, and mountains and hardly any dunes.

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Dakar 2022 : SS9 Difficult day for X-raid


The ninth leg around Wadi ad Dawasir did not prove to be a happy hunting ground for the X-raid team. Argentineans Sebastian Halpern and Bernardo “Ronnie” Graue ended the 287-kilometre stage in 15th place in a MINI JCW Buggy. Laia Sanz (ESP) and Maurizio Gerini (ITA) finished 28th in the MINI ALL4 Racing. Jakub “Kuba” Przygonski (POL) and Timo Gottschalk (GER) suffered a technical issue in their MINI JCW Buggy, after which they had to settle for 30th place. Denis Krotov and Konstantin Zhiltsov were 33rd in a MINI JCW Buggy.

Halpern was satisfied with his ninth stage. With navigation proving tricky, the two Argentineans did go the wrong way a few times, but they hardly lost any time in the process. That aside, they covered the 287 kilometres against the clock without any major issues and remain ninth overall.

Sebastian Halpern
“I liked today’s stage. The dunes were soft but easy to negotiate. There were also some very rocky sections with difficult navigation. Ronnie did a good job there. Just three legs to go to the finish – so it will be full throttle tomorrow!”

Spaniard Sanz also avoided any major problems and set consistent times throughout the ninth leg. However, there was a lot of dust in the air, which made driving on the very rocky surface even more difficult. Despite this, they still made it through to the finish and ended the stage in 31st place.

Laia Sanz: “Today was very dusty and it was not easy. We were more cautious on the rocky terrain, in order to look after the tyres. I think we did a good job.”

Luck deserted Przygonski today. A technical issue, which he and co-driver Gottschalk were able to repair on the stage, cost them almost 15 minutes. That saw them drop to sixth place in the overall standings. However, they remain within striking distance of the top five, just a few minutes between the crews in fourth and fifth place.

Kuba Przygonski
“Today was not a good day for us. We had a technical issue and had to stop to repair it. I think that cost us about a quarter of an hour. However, we still have three days ahead of us.”

Tomorrow’s tenth leg takes the competitors to Bisha and features a total of 759 kilometres, 375 of which are against the clock. According to the organisers, this is the fastest stage on the entire Dakar – and again includes some tricky navigation.


Source: X-Raid Team

Dakar 2022: Second victory for Nacho Cornejo. Monster Energy Honda Team well-positioned to contest the final Dakar stages


Monster Energy Honda Team riders will be in contention for the final overall Dakar Rally 2022 victory. Although the first week did not go quite according to plan, the team has, nevertheless, given their maximum to stand a chance in the rally’s grand finale. Nacho Cornejo won the ninth stage.

Fewer and fewer stages are left to decide the outcome of the 2022 Dakar Rally. Today, in the ninth stage, the 287-kilometre special stage around Wadi Ad-Dawasir began to mark out which riders will be in the final contention for the win. A total of 491 kilometres, through the Arabian Peninsula’s Empty Quarter, featured less sand than on previous days, but more mountain tracks running between canyons that demanded precise, mistake-free navigation.

Yesterday Nacho Cornejo had been left with a bittersweet taste after the eighth stage. A slight mistake towards the end of the special, had left the rider without the prize he had been ultimately seeking: that of minimising any markings for his pursuers to follow while opening the track throughout the day. Today, he returned to the Wadi Ad-Dawasir bivouac with a smile beneath his helmet after a second win in this Dakar, taking the young Chilean’s total tally to five.

Monster Energy Honda Team’s American rider Ricky Brabec rode a fine special, pushing hard and posting third place on the day. Joan Barreda also completed the day’s stage with a certain degree of normality, a mere 2’10 behind his team-mate. Barreda, fifth on the stage, holds sixth in the general standings, less than 11 minutes behind the race leader. Lastly, Pablo Quintanilla did a commendable job today to set himself up nicely for the final victory battle of this 2022 Dakar. He finished eighth on the day and lies in fourth place overall just 4’41 behind the new race leader.

Tomorrow’s stage

With two days to go until the end of the rally, riders can once again expect a navigation-filled day before the 759-kilometre trek is completed. About half the distance – some 375 kilometres – will be against the clock. The crossings and parallel tracks could be the undoing of more than a few bikers.

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Ricky Brabec 2
STAGE: 3rd OVERALL: 11th
Today went well. I think I rode very well, and that's positive. The team, the riders and the mechanics are doing an excellent job. I'm slowly realising a couple of things: sometimes there are days when you don't lose or gain time and sometimes you can gain or lose a lot of time. It's something we have to study... I'm happy to be able to get to the end of another day with the whole team. There are two tough days left, so we'll have to keep pushing. I try to go fast every day, to make up time, but maybe I have to do things differently.

Pablo Quintanilla 7
I'm happy. It was a good day because the goal today was to catch Sam and not to make any navigation mistakes. In the end it was a straightforward day: no mistakes, I caught up with Sam after the refuelling and we clawed back another minute in the overall. I think I have a good position for tomorrow. I won't have to open the track but I will have fast riders in front and behind. We will try to manage the pressure well tomorrow. The times are very tight and will stay that way until the end. I'm really enjoying the race.


José Ignacio Cornejo 11
I think I had a good stage. Yesterday I lost a lot of time towards the end, opening the track, and today I wanted to make up some of that time. I would have liked to make up more, but the stage was very fast and it was difficult to make a big difference. I'm pleased: I did what I had to do, which was to push. There are three days left and we will continue with the same attitude, trying to turn out solid performances and improve in the general standings.


Joan Barreda 88
Today went quite well. I started 10th, with several riders ahead of me. I set a steady pace, making good decisions in terms of navigation. As the kilometres went by, I felt a bit better and in the final part, I was able to push harder. The truth is that the riders in front navigated really well and didn't make any mistakes, so the pace was pretty high. We weren't able to pull back much from the riders in front, but the positive thing is that another stage is over and I have a chance to fight for the Dakar, recovering physically by the day. The goal is to reach the finish-line giving it the maximum.


Source: Monster Energy Honda Team

Dakar 2022: António Maio gets closer to Top 20

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Yamaha pilot was 22nd in the stage and is less than 20' from the Top 20

António Maio concluded today in 22nd place the eighth stage of the 44th Dakar Rally, held between Al Dawadimi and Wadi Ad Dawasir. In what was one of the longest stages of this edition - since the 395km of qualifying added 435km of connection - the Yamaha driver managed to keep the 25th position in the general classification, but got closer again to a place in the Top 20.

"We finished the eighth day of a Dakar that is being particularly long with very long stages. Today I started from the back, in a special stage with 400km where sand was predominant, where I had to overtake many pilots. But I had a clean stage with no mistakes, there were no major problems, I didn't fall and the bike is impeccable. I ended up doing a good result and tomorrow the stage will be shorter compared to others we have done in this edition of the Dakar. I believe there will be added difficulties either in navigation or in the technical part of the stage, however, we are ready to make another good journey" said António Maio at the bivouac installed in Wadi Ad Dawasir in Saudi Arabia.

The ninth stage of the Dakar Rally will be held around Wadi Ad-Dawasir with 287km completed to the chronometer. At this stage of the rally the endurance of the competitors and their machines will be a decisive factor. Although there is less sand, this stage will not be easy, mainly due to the complexity of the navigation. The route will include mountains followed by trails that wind through gorges.

Source Official press release
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Dakar 2022: "A super stage and we are super happy!"

Van Steenbergen and Willemse in the dark through stage 8

It was not the first time that Henri van Steenbergen and Eyck Willemse had to complete another half Dakar stage in the dark. This was also the case in stage 8 of the Dakar Rally 2022. When the men of Oryx Rallysport emerged from the mandatory 20-minute break at kilometer 190, night fell over Saudi Arabia.

The first part of the 395 kilometer stage from Al Dawadimi to Wadi Ad-Dawasir consisted of dunes of various sizes and difficulty. For the first time this Dakar there were also level 3 dunes among them. Dunes are usually the terrain of Van Steenbergen and Willemse, but today things went a little differently. "We got stuck twice and were pulled loose by a truck the second time," navigator Willemse says at the finish, with 270 kilometers to the bivouac ahead. "But otherwise it went super."

After the neutralization, Van Steenbergen and Willemse drove reasonably smoothly through the remaining 200 kilometers, were it not for the fact that they came to a standstill twice with a minor electrical problem. "As a result, the headlights went out," Willemse explained. "And that's not nice in the desert." Especially not in the dark.

Despite those minor hiccups, the gentlemen had a great day, and enjoyed themselves. "A super stage and we're super happy!"


Source Team Oryx Team
Automatic translation from the original Dutch version

Dakar 2022: Eighth stage not so bad for Rainbow

Gerrit Zuurmond, Tjeerd van Ballegooij and Klaas Kwakkel needed five hours and 42 minutes for the 395 kilometers of the competition test of the eighth stage of the Dakar Rally. That wasn't too bad for the men of the Rainbow Truckteam. "We have no grumbles about that," Kwakkel said.

The first part of the test consisted of dunes, alternating between fairly easy level 1 dunes and quite difficult level 3 dunes. Level 3 has never been seen before this Dakar. "There were some very tricky ones", Kwakkel, who has the role of technical man in the truck, observed. So it's also up to him to check and keep track of tire pressure, which is very important in the dunes. "A few times we avoided the highest parts a bit, but all in all it went pretty well."

After the dunes, the trio also started to feel more and more like they might be able to reach the finish line before dark. That just worked out. "We didn't expect that." The second part of the stage did make that goal easier: the last 200 kilometers were fast, through canyons. "That, too, actually ran pretty well." Rainbow recorded the 21st time at the finish.


Technically the stage presented no problems. A broken shock absorber was the biggest damage item and that too was not too bad. After the test there was still a 270 kilometer connection to the bivouac in Wadi Ad-Dawasir on the program. That is also where the ninth stage starts and ends, with a 287 kilometer test.


Source Rainbow Truck Team
Automatic translation from the original Dutch version

Dakar 2022: The KH-7 Epsilon Team gets into the top 25 of trucks

Jordi Juvanteny, Fina Román and Jordi Ballbé passed with flying colors an eighth day that included some very difficult dunes.
For the second day in a row, they helped a competitor straighten out his overturned truck, that of Dutchman Ben de Groot.

"It was a complicated stage, but very nice. Today the sand was softer than on other days and it was more difficult to overcome the dunes. On some occasions, we had to change course because we had real walls in front of us," says co-driver Fina Román

The KH-7 Epsilon Team continues its love affair with the Dakar 2022. Today was one of the highlights of this edition, a long special stage of almost 400 kilometers, half of which were dunes, some of them very difficult. Despite this, Jordi Juvanteny, Fina Román and Jordi Ballbé have signed an outstanding performance that has allowed them to climb one more position in the overall, in which they are already 25th.

The Dakar, at the start of this second week, is starting to take its toll on the three members of the orange KH-7 Epsilon Team truck, who admit they are tired but strong. As if that wasn't enough, today the difficulties they encountered were enormous, especially the level 3 dunes, which in some cases, as co-driver Fina Román admitted, were real walls for the trucks.

"It was a complicated stage, but very beautiful. Unlike other days, when it rained, today the sand was softer and it was difficult to overcome some dunes. On some occasions, we had to change course because we had real walls in front of us. We had a lot of fun in this respect, because we made several cuts of this type to find the best pass without respecting the roadbook's course. It was a risk, but it worked out well," he adds.

Many vehicles suffered in the first half of the stage. One of them was the truck of Dutchman Ben de Groot, who overturned at kilometer 75 of the special. The KH-7 Epsilon Team, as it did on the previous day, stopped to help pull the vehicle and straighten it out, another example of the spirit of solidarity that characterizes the team.

After the dunes, the MAN 6x6 continued south towards Wadi Ad Dawasir, in a second half of the special stage that was not without its difficulties: "It was a difficult day of navigation. When we got to the track, it was also difficult because the courses were complicated, but Fina did very well", added Jordi Ballbé.

There are four days left until the end of the Dakar 2022, but the KH-7 Epsilon Team truck has not yet said its last word. For the moment, it is in 25th position and its crew members are enjoying every day of the race: "There are tougher stages, like the one today, but we're doing well and we're looking forward to more. We make a great team, there is a very good atmosphere in the cockpit and that is to be appreciated", concludes pilot Jordi Juvanteny.

Source KH-7 Epsilon Team
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Dakar 2022: Miguel Barbosa gains 13 positions in a very tough stage

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The BP Ultimate Vodafone Team driver started from position 49 and set the 36th time

The eighth stage of the 44th Dakar Rally which was held today between Al Dawadimi and Wadi Ad-Dawasir, the longest of this Dakar - since the selective sector of 395 km was joined by another 435 km of connection - saw the BP Ultimate Vodafone Team duo Miguel Barbosa/Pedro Velosa finally having a day without setbacks at the wheel of the Toyota Hilux T1 Overdrive. At the end of the day the positive balance of having gained 13 positions since they were the 49th team to start the auto competition and had the 36th time.


"The stage was very long. It was an extremely hard day in the Dakar. The first 200 km were level 2 and 3 dunes, much more difficult, the sand was also much hotter and softer. We had a quiet stage. Our concern was not to have any problems because we knew this would complicate our lives, also because we had a long connection at the end of the stage, of 260 km, more than 50 on land. We passed by many crashed cars, with mechanical problems. We managed to have a perfect stage, everything went well, and we are satisfied for that." - Miguel Barbosa

Tomorrow, the ninth stage will be 287 km long, in a loop, starting and finishing in Wadi Ad-Dawasir. By this time, the endurance of the competitors and their machines will be a decisive factor. The presence of mountains, followed by trails that wind through gorges will require a different approach. Although there is less sand, this stage will still be difficult, even for navigation.

Source BP Ultimate Vodafone Team 
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Dakar 2022: VIDEO - Extended highlights of the day presented by Gaussin - Stage 8

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