Second on the first special of the day, 16 seconds behind Marc Coma, and fourth on the second special (at 1’26), Cyril Despres (Red Bull KTM) maintains his second place overall 6’46 behind Marc, with Helder Rodrigues just holding on to third place (at 24’31).
“The first special gives an indication of how hard fought the battle is. To finish within 16 seconds after 44 kilometres, when the slightest mistake can cost minutes, is pretty remarkable. The result of the second special shows how technical the terrain is, with Stephane Peterhansel finishing in second place on his ‘little’ 250. That’s to take nothing away from Stephane’s performance. We know that he can still beat the world’s best on certain types of enduro special, but what he has achieved here is truly amazing!. Tomorrow we have one long last special to take us to the final finish, and as we all know, in rally raid anything can happen.”