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January 9, 2006

STAGE 9 Nouakchott > Kiffa
Total distance: 874 km
30 km transfer
599 special test
245 km liaison

Chris Blais and the entire Red Bull KTM US Dakar team would like to extend their condolences to the family of Andy Caldecott #10, who tragically lost his life today during Stage 9 of the 2006 Dakar Rally. The 41-year-old Australian was a talented member of the Repsol Junior team as well as a friend and staunch ally to Chris and the American team.

"I last saw and spoke with Andy at a gas stop just 20km from where he crashed," said Blais. "He was a tremendous rider and a big help to me during earlier stages in the rally. This is a huge loss and all of us are stunned by his passing."

Blais finished 9th overall for Stage 9, he is now in 6th position overall. Today's was a long and trying stage with very high-speeds, dust and challenging obstacles. By 10pm, more than half of the field had still not arrived in the bivouac.

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