Originally Posted by stevecollie
Remember Sam beat everyone a couple of years ago by 19 mins on a very standard KTM 450 EXC with a large tank. The bike simply wasn't up to the task required but Sam certainly was.
Don't count him out yet guys. Tomorrow is pretty fast after getting away from the dunes around the hotel then a few more dune sections towards the end again.
Sam will start 4 mins behind Coma and will no doubt catch him then they will probably stick together like shit on a blanket till the end unless someone makes a mistake.
Steve, with his 10 min penalty, coma would now have won the stage and have to lead out, With 10 mins on his time Sam would be 4 hrs 4'46 so 7th and 6 mins behind at the start, with 6 mins 25 to make up its possible, but that last 25 secs will be very tough!!
Mind you Goncalves will take it as he is 42 secs behind coma and starting 3rd, so he in theory will end up around 1 min 17 sec in front, so Sam would have to make up 1 min42 secs on him!