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BunduBasher

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http://www.dakar.com/2004/us/index.html

Cox up to 4th - he could have been near the lead if he had not helped Meoni - maybe Meoni will help him get the win ?!

"Half of the field will never make it today ! It's impossible. Those who will finish late won't see anything in the dark. This is the kind of day that shows how hard the Dakar is… I lost 5min helping Meoni who had tyre problems."

Leader of the overall standing before this stage, Isidre Esteve (KTM n°19) is stopped at km 650 with mechanical problems. The Spaniard had suffered a bad fall earlier in the day.

At around km 580 Fabrizio Meoni (KTM n°3) has suffered serious rear tyre problems. He was given a spare tyre tube by David Casteu (Cagiva n°41). Meoni finished over an hour behind.

Fabrizio Meoni (ITA - KTM, 34th) - 003

"I had a bib mousse problem and once again I won't achieve a good result this year. I was really motivated. Once again, it's a mechanical problem, like last year. I don't have long before the end of my career and it could be a sign saying "stop" ! After last year's Dakar, I found it hard to have the will to start again. I told myself that if I won this year, I would quit. If I didn't I would carry on for another year. Now I don't know. I won't take a decision now. Tomorrow, I'll be back on my bike to try and have fun, go at a good rhythm and especially finish in Dakar."

1 002 DESPRES KTM 15h 23' 30" 00' 00"

2 004 ROMA KTM 15h 26' 33" 03' 03"

3 001 SAINCT KTM 15h 26' 51" 03' 21"

4 010 COX KTM 15h 28' 31" 05' 01"

5 009 BRUCY KTM 15h 34' 56" 11' 26"

6 015 ULLEVALSETER KTM 15h 43' 44" 20' 14"

7 072 CALDECOTT KTM 15h 46' 52" 23' 22"

8 008 DE GAVARDO KTM 15h 48' 17" 24' 47"

9 006 LUNDMARK KTM 15h 53' 26" 29' 56"

10 045 GRAZIANI KTM 16h 30' 28" 1h 06' 58" [/size]