The Dakar 1995 goes down in history as that of the "hammer borrowed" by Stéphane Peterhansel by the Organization to straighten a dais during the neutralization of a supply. In practice there is no intention to infringe the regulation, but the atmosphere at the stage finish is, as always impregnated with toil and animation.
The pilots are seeking to recover, in that quarter of an hour "stop", maximum energy, and to repair small damages suffered during the first part of the Special. "Peter" has a crooked platform, testimony of a heavy fall. How did he get up there could go, certainly not in maximum comfort, but for a "hard" as the French problem is not serious. The bike is beside the supply truck, and Stèphane borrows a mallet to straighten the footrest and restore it to its original position.
Five hammer blows. The consequences, at the time, He doesn't think anybody.
Then someone suggests the "bias" and, in the evening, Jordi accuses his opponent of having benefited from the strip contains a form of uneven care. After a long discussion, the judge Iberian inflicts a penalty to Peterhansel of 15 minutes, three minutes per shot. The situation is reversed, Stephane passes from chased a pursuer. Tempers are hot, "Peter" bowing to the decision that penalizes ironic smiles. No small.
17th Granada-Dakar you decide between Bakel and Labé, with a stage to make my skin crawl. Peterhansel part heads down, whip his Yamaha twin, a "big beast" powerful but also very heavy, and uses the motorcycle built expressly for the Dakar as a nimble enduro bike, making the most of all its competitive potential and talent, but also of mechanics.
Fly literally on obstacles careless, for once, of the risks to which meets, and maintains the performance always, constantly at maximum. Peterhansel gets solo, He turns, There is no one.
Timescale begins establishing the effectiveness of that attack out of the ordinary, unusual for the "temperate" French champion. "Every passing minute is good, I can wait!” Finally comes the strip contains also, and at that point you might decide that Peterhansel won with 20 minutes of advantage. He slaughtered, disheartened the opponent, and restored the natural order of things. On the shores of Lake Rose, Peterhansel wins his fourth Dakar.
In memory of Peterhansel has no record of the Saffron con, but the memory of a simple and exciting stage in which he attacked as ever in his career. In our memory the memory of an unforgettable, exciting racing Enterprise.