Only a double disaster can prevent the Patronelli borthers finishing 1-2 at the Buenos Aires finish

Dakar: Patronelli brothers on course, Rodrigues and Freto lose ground

16 Jan 2010

Despite finishing off the podium for the first time this Dakar, the Raptor mounted Patronelli brothers have nothing to worry about heading onto the final stage.

Frenchman Christophe Declerck won his third special stage in this 32nd Dakar. Declerck finished 5min 56sec ahead of Polish Raptor rider Rafal Sonik and 27min 14sec ahead of Argentine rider Sébastian Halpern, also on a 700cc Raptor... But there was no change in the general standings where Argentinean Marcos Patronelli is still way ahead in first position with close to a 2.5hr lead on his older brother Alejandro Patronelli and over a five hour lead on Spanish rider Juan Manuel Gonzalez Corominas (Yamaha).

In the bikes, perennial second place finisher Pal Anders Ullevalseter won the stage to shore up second place in the standings. Along the way, he passed Chilean rider Lopez Contardo who finished the day’s stage 5min 35sec behind the day’s winner. This is more than enough for Pal to keep his second position up to Buenos Aires. Cyril Despres is the nailed on leader of the rally and only has 666km to ride before securing his third Dakar title with only 202km as a special stage. This distance would appear to be way too short for anyone including second place Ullevalseter to overcome the lead Despres now has in the standings of over an hour.

WR450F riders Rodrigues and Frétigné lie fourth and fifth overall having finished sixth and 11th on this stage.

 2010 Dakar Rally overall motorcycle top ten

Pos.

Name

Make

Time

Variation

Penalty

1

002

DESPRES (FRA)

KTM

49:38:44

00:00:00

 

2

004

ULLEVALSETER (NOR)

KTM

50:42:56

01:04:12

 

3

009

LOPEZ CONTARDO (CHL)

APRILIA

50:47:18

01:08:34

 

4

005

RODRIGUES (PRT)

YAMAHA

50:59:25

01:20:41

 

5

012

FRETIGNE (FRA)

YAMAHA

51:34:50

01:56:06

 

6

014

DUCLOS (FRA)

KTM

51:37:50

01:59:06

 

7

024

STREET (USA)

KTM

52:24:57

02:46:13

 

8

011

PRZYGONSKI (POL)

KTM

52:52:21

03:13:37

 

9

016

PAIN (FRA)

YAMAHA

53:06:47

03:28:03

 

10

034

PEDRERO GARCIA (ESP)

KTM

53:09:41

03:30:57

02:00

 2010 Dakar Rally overall ATV top ten

Pos.

Name

Make

Time

Variation

Penalty

1

251

PATRONELLI (ARG)

YAMAHA

62:13:52

00:00:00

 

2

277

PATRONELLI (ARG)

YAMAHA

64:37:25

02:23:33

05:00

3

256

GONZALEZ COROMINAS (ESP)

YAMAHA

67:22:03

05:08:11

03:00

4

258

DECLERCK (FRA)

POLARIS

68:15:10

06:01:18

 

5

252

SONIK (POL)

YAMAHA

68:22:41

06:08:49

01:08:00

6

255

HALPERN (ARG)

YAMAHA

71:32:02

09:18:10

03:00:00

7

254

BRAZINA (CZE)

POLARIS

78:38:32

16:24:40

04:00:00

8

264

AUERT (FRA)

CAN-AM

78:48:21

16:34:29

01:53:00

9

260

GRAUE (ARG)

CAN-AM

79:37:19

17:23:27

06:00

10

267

MAZZUCCO (ARG)

CAN-AM

87:05:46

24:51:54

03:00

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