After 13 stages of the 2003 Telefonica Dakar, Bombardier has four of the original six entries left in the race and they not only look strong, but they also make up four of the top five positions. -

- The Experimental class for quads has always been a somewhat controversial issue in the Dakar, with purpose built prototypes, such as the 850cc four-stroke Yamaha on the Banshee chassis competing against the 650cc Bombardiers. -

- What makes the Bombardier performance so exceptional is that the machine is purchased race ready and it is the off the shelf machine that not only competes, but has shown the other manufacturers the way in the Dakar. Spain’s Jordi Gaig and South Africa’s Vicus van Deventer who withdrew due to gremlins on the ‘Boms’ have both indicated that they will be back on the Bombardier DS 650 next year, if possible. -

- The machine has not only proven itself, it has also shown that it is the most reliable machine to race in the testing off road conditions, and with three more days of serious racing over a distance of more than 2000km still ahead, with the final parade lap in Sheik El Sharm, on the coast of the Red Sea in Egypt. -

- With the exception of the 850cc Yamaha Fire Blade, controlled by Josef Machacek, the next four places on the overall standings are Bombardiers. An exceptional performance proving that this machine is very reliable, but also very durable and quick in the dunes of Africa. -

- Spains Jose Alvarez leads the Bombardier onslaught, followed by Frenchman Antoine Morel, another Spaniard, Tubau Noe and finally fifth placed Dominique Bourdon France. -

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