For the riders of the Sherco
Tvs Factory Rally Team, it was a safe Stage 1 Dakar 2018 race as they rode from
Lima to Pisco in Peru. The rally in the course of the next several days will cross
three countries: Peru, Bolivia and Argentina.
"The race has finally
started! The last few days of waiting are always a time of tension for the
whole team,” said Team Manager, David Casteu. The riders all started from the
podium on the morning of January 6th and attacked 300 km of
challenging terrain that went to the edge of the Pacific Ocean.” It was time to
carefully monitor the bikes, it's important during the first few kilometers.
But everyone has arrived safely at the bivouac ", he said.
Adrien Metge who came in 24th
left the afternoon on the first day with very average visibility, the sun being
very high. He concentrated very hard on his racing as the dunes of Peru are
dangerous. One has to pay careful attention to one’s navigation.
Joan Pedrero who came in 25th,
along with Adrien passed the scene of an accident involving Hero MotoCorp rider
(Rodriguez). The latter had jumped a huge dune. It dampened their spirits and
caused them to break their rhythm a little bit. The third rider for TVS Aravind
KP came in 30th. He had a
very good stage and was very relaxed and focused on his racing.
"The plan for today was
to gauge and assess the competition. And the report is there: it is going to be
a very fast race! We will have to be present. Tomorrow is a special with
navigation, it's good to go far but the riders will have to maintain a good
pace. Our bivouac is located in a very windy area, the rally conditions are
here. We are in the heart of the race, there is no doubt, the Dakar has indeed
started,” said David Casteu.
Credits : E. Bauer / C. Barni
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