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Lopez: 'I wasn't familiar with the terrain'

Text by Marianne NIOSI

Latest update : 2009-01-10

Home favourite Francisco 'Chaleco' Lopez claimed his maiden win as the Dakar rally entered his country, Chile, for the first time Friday. He was welcomed in Valparaiso as a hero.

Click here and read the highlights of the seventh stage


FRANCE 24 - How do you feel about this victory in your country, Chile?

Francisco Lopez -
Delighted. Moreover, it's the first time I'm racing the Dakar rally. I'm really happy.



FRANCE 24 - Were you more at ease on the Chilean tracks than on the Argentinean ones ?

Francisco Lopez -
I wasn't familiar with the terrain today. What pushed me was the pace of the bikers ahead of me right from the starting line.



FRANCE 24 - What will you be doing on tomorrow's day of rest ?

Francisco Lopez -
First, I'm going to stay up a little later than usual. After, I'll get a massage to be well rested for the end of the race.



FRANCE 24 - What our your plans for the last seven stages?

Francisco Lopez -
I'll do my best and try to win other stages, or at least, be among the top bikers.

Date created : 2009-01-09

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