A few years ago, when the Dakar was held in Africa, the Spanish complained about the preferential treatment given to the French pilots. In those days there were no GPS waypoints, and not be sealed in a custom stage controls. Then the Spanish complained that commissioners when they saw a Spanish car coming were placed where the sand was softer, so they delayed them a bit ...
All this stuff comes to mind, for the French, or rather the organization, keeps getting in the soft sand to seal the cards and we have proof what happened in yesterday's stage with Cyril Despres and already famous engine change.
Because if not, it is difficult to understand how the ASO not penalized, acting ex officio, the KTM rider when clearly broke regulations.
This is what it sounds official rules and there is very little room for interpretation, and is available to all who want to check on the website of the organization.
The legend of the seal carde can be more or less true, but unfortunately it is true that every year we are spectators of something. Last year it was returned to Despres precious time for a claim that the road book was wrong. Has not accepted could not have won his fourth Dakar. This year Sainz accepted the claim and the next day backed off. Hopefully the same will happen tomorrow and ASO announce Despres exclusion, according to the regulations that is what should happen.
ART. 7 DIAL
1) In all categories: box, engine and spare engines.
Machine and Pilot are associated with a number of career and are identified with a marking at scrutineering. These three elements are inseparable for the duration of the Competition.
Considered boxes all around welded parts that support the motor and the steering column and the rear suspension anchorage. The frame and the crankcase, and scored during start checks, or other parts, may receive specific markings at all times.
To my knowledge, engines spares are marked from the start of the race and I know the motor Polish KTM rider belongs to the Polish driver and not to replace Cyril Despres therefore can not ride your bike .
The bad luck would have happened to him in the stage where mechanical assistance is prohibited. At any other time would have had no problems but ... The Dakar is what it is or at least it should.
Another issue is why brands such as Husqvarna, Honda or Yamaha you are betting big on the Dakar, not file claims fledged when sadly it has been shown that sometimes races are won ..... in offices.
The Spanish have been since the start of this competition traditionally the second highest number of registered and respect, recognition and fair play, it is high time that you put in the hard part of the sand.