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Finally, high-res photos of Francisco Lopez riding his Aprilia RXV 4.5 in the 2011 Dakar. Lopez won his first stage of 2011 today, going head-to-head against Marc Coma in the process. The result leaves him and Aprilia third overall, the same position they totaled for last year’s race, where Lopez won two of the 14 stages.

“The first part of the stage was very fast, and it took me some time to overtake Svitko,” recounted Lopez. “Then, I reached Coma and we continued the road together. He slowed down at the end; there were lots of fesh-fesh. The next stages of the Dakar will be decisive. .. I´m waiting for the right moment to attack.”

“Fesh-Fesh" is extremely fine dust that looks like solid ground, yet behaves like soft mud as you ride through it.

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