Dakar 2022: Disaster for the Czechs. Loprais ends, Prokop did not finish the stage either. Tůma is already fourth

He wanted to be among the top three for his uncle Karel, a six-time Dakar champion who died at the end of the year. It did not work. Aleš Loprais will not finish Wednesday’s stage and if he does not manage to get the truck to the bivouac, from where he could continue with a high penalty, the race is over for him.

“We drove as hard as we could, but luck left us a little today. The servo (steering) didn’t last on the middle dune where we jumped. It’s an essential part for us, which unfortunately we don’t have with us. So Lady can’t turn in the desert. “We believed in the box, but it didn’t work out. But that’s part of the Dakar. I wanted to drive it for Kaja, who was watching over us. And I’d like to thank everyone who cheered for us,” Loprais said.

In the truck class, at least Martin Macik finished sixth when he lost less than four minutes to the victorious Russian Sotnikov. “It was a terrible burner today. We thought 140 would go all the way. We hit a tree twice, we have a broken window. We made two small navigation mistakes when we returned for points. But jiank went great,” said Macík .

Martin Prokop also had serious problems. Due to a cracked fitting on the gearbox, it remained standing on the route near the checkpoint at the 213th kilometer. His team on social media announced that he would not “finish the stage and a service team is coming to help him”. However, Prokop later repaired the car with navigator Chytka and arrived at the finish of the erzeta with a loss of almost five hours. He is 26th overall, Miroslav Zapletal is two places ahead of him.

“The year-round work of the whole team is in vogue. The transmission gears broke, all the oil leaked out and the transmission began to seize, which was a clear end. All we had left was to take out the transmission, repair the gears and top up the oil. “It took five hours. I’m sorry, technology is just a rogue,” said Prokop.

Stéphane Peterhansel then won the stage, but Nasir al-Attiya continues with a comfortable 33-minute lead.

Bikers proved that it was a drop in Wednesday’s erzeta. Winner Toby Price covered 374 kilometers in three hours and five minutes! Martin Michek was only seven minutes slower and finished tenth. Jan Brabec was 28th and Milan Engel 32nd. The Frenchman Adrien van Beveren is in the lead.

“The special was very hard, challenging. Very fast at first, but the last 80 kilometers were worth it because it was in the mountains. It wandered a lot. That’s why I chose a slightly lighter pace, focused on navigation to hit it all. paid off, “said Michek, who is currently 18.

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ATV Zdeněk Tůma finished fifth, but due to the resignation of American Copetti, he has already moved up to the overall fourth position! But he has almost five hours short of the top three.

“As a rider, it is no longer possible to reach the third place, I can only move if someone does not finish. Just as I moved this time. And if I think about it, I can just make a mistake myself,” said Tůma, who was on the stage. hard fall. “I drove into some dug hole and the ATV did a somersault. I managed to jump next to it so that the ATV didn’t fall on me. I’m glad I got out of it unscathed. I lost the rearview mirror and my plate broke, but it could have been far worse. . “

Dakar Rally results
Stage 10: Vadí ad-Davásir – Biša (759 km overall / 375 km special stage):
Cars:
1. Peterhansel, Boulanger (Fr./Audi) 2:52:43
2. Sainz, Cruz (Sp. / Audi) -2: 06
3. Terranova, Oliveras (Arg., Šp./Prodrive) -3:59
… 38. Zapletal, Sýkora (CZE, SR / Ford) -29: 54
69. Prokop, Chytka (CZ / Ford) -4: 40: 14.
Running order:
1. N. Attíja, Baumel (Kat., Fr./Toyota) 33:13:37
2. Loeb, Lurquin (Fr., Belg./Prodrive) -32: 40
3. Rajhí, Orr (Saudi Ar., Brit./Toyota) -55: 48
… 24. Entangled, Tit -5: 56: 37
26. Prokop, Chytka -6: 33: 52.
SSV (buggy):
1. Baciuška, Mena (Lit., Šp. / Can-Am) 3:36:55.
Running order:
1. Jones, Gugelmin (USA, Braz./Can-Am) 40:55:24.
Light prototypes:
1. Quintero, Zenz (USA, Germany / OT3) 3:22:11
… 8. Macháček, Vyoral (CZE / Can-Am) -27: 39.
Running order:
1. Lopez Contardo, Latrach Vinegar (Chile/Can-Am) 39:43:03
… 7. Machacek, Vyoral -6: 18: 26
Motorcycles:
1. Price (Austr./KTM) 3:05:32
2. L. Benavides (Arg./Husqvarna) -2:09,
3. Van Beveren (Fr./Yamaha) -3:35
… 10. Michek -7: 28
29. J. Brabec -16:57
32. Engel (all CR / KTM) -23: 40.
Running order:
1. Van Beveren 33:27:06
2. Sunderland (Brit./KTM) -5:59
3. P. Quintanilla (Chile / Honda) -6:15
… 18. Michek -1: 58: 47
23. J. Brabec -2:14:50
31. Engel -4:11:29.
ATVs:
1. Medeiros (Brazil/Yamaha) 4:11:04
… 5. Tůma (CZ / Yamaha) -31: 08.
Running order:
1. Giroud (Fr./Yamaha) 42:21:01
… 4. Tuma -7: 33: 56.
Trucks:
1. Sotnikov 3:14:15
2. Nikolaev -1:27
3. Karginov (all Rus./Kamaz) -1: 49
… 6. Macik (CZE / Iveco) -3: 46.
Running order:
1. Sotnikov 35:58:08
2. Nikolaev -10: 18
3. Shibalov (Rus./Kamaz) -44: 27
… 8. Cat -4: 33: 37.

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