Dakar 2005: 16th stage Dakar - Dakar

2005-01-16 10:03
Press Release
January 16, 2005


1.25 p.m.
For every rally participant who made it to Dakar a dream came true. It is especially for this last special at Lac Rose just outside Dakar's gates that the competitors endure two strenuous weeks. It is a joyful ride. Everyone is celebrated by an audience of several thousands of people. Everyone who participates in this last stage is a Dakar hero.



There was one question left open: Would Alfie Cox defend his place on the podium against Isidre Esteve Pujol? Or would the Spaniard from Team Repsol-Red Bull challenge the South African in the overall? Alfie Cox has won the match, but by close margin!



Kellon Walch from Team KTM Red Bull USA won the stage. He clocked a time of 17'17 minutes on the 31 km special. It was an excellent ending for the American KTM team which rode an incredible rally. Isidre Esteve Pujol claimed a 2nd place. He had started the final attack in third and came in 52 seconds behind Walch. The Netherlander Eric Verhoef, KTM amateur, arrived 0'55 seconds adrift.

Thus Cyril Despres has won his first Dakar Rally. Congratulations Cyril! Marc Coma claims a 2nd place; his first time on the podium. Old hand Alfie Cox has experienced this success several times now. He is in 3rd.

The podium is located right at the finish line. At the moment the presentation ceremony is going on. It is a rather quiet celebration. More about the atmosphere and the resume of the KTM teams you can read here shortly!


Daily results 16th stage: Dakar - Dakar
Speciale: 31 km

1 WALCH USA Team KTM Red Bull USA 17' 17" 00' 00"
2 ESTEVE PUJOL ESP Team KTM Repsol-Red Bull 18' 09" 00' 52"
3 VERHOEF HOL KTM 18' 12" 00' 55"
4 BROUWER HOL YAMAHA 18' 14" 00' 57"
5 VAN VELDHUIZEN HOL KTM 18' 21" 01' 04"
6 FRETIGNE FRA YAMAHA 18' 22" 01' 05"
7 SALA ITA Team KTM Repsol-Red Bull 18' 39" 01' 22"
8 BLAIS USA Team KTM Red Bull USA 19' 00" 01' 43"
9 DABROWSKI POL KTM 19' 07" 01' 50"
10 COX AFS Team KTM Gauloises 19' 15" 01' 58"
11 AUGUSTYNS BEL KTM 19' 20" 02' 03"
12 KARSMAKERS HOL KTM 19' 24" 02' 07"
13 COMA ESP Team KTM Repsol-Red Bull 19' 27" 02' 10"
14 DE BOIS HOL YAMAHA 19' 38" 02' 21"
15 BECKERS BEL KTM 19' 50" 02' 33"
16 DESPRES FRA Team KTM Gauloises 19' 55" 02' 38"
17 BRUCY FRA Team KTM Gauloises 19' 58" 02' 41"
18 VAN VELDHUIZEN HOL KTM 20' 09" 02' 52"
19 DE AZEVEDO BRA KTM 20' 10" 02' 53"
20 VIGNERON CIV KTM 20' 13" 02' 56"
24 CALDECOTT AUS Team KTM Motorex Australia 20' 45" 03' 28"
28 HARDEN USA Team KTM Red Bull USA 21' 06" 03' 49"
56 SCHWARZ AUS Team KTM Motorex Australia 24' 48" 07' 31"

Source: KTM-Sportmotorcycle AG

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