Aravind Prabhakar (KP) of
Sherco TVS Rally Team crashed out of the gruelling Dakar Rally 2018. No
official statement has been released by the company or the organisers but highly
placed sources confirmed to Motown India
that Aravind is no more in the reckoning in the Dakar rally. He has been taken
to the hospital and is doing okay, the sources maintained. Aravind KP had come
in 44th in stage 4, improving his overall standing to 33 after stage 4.
In the meantime, his teammate,
veteran 40 year old Juan Pedrero Garcia has come overall 15th in the
race after the completion of Stage 5 on January 10, 2018. For the only other
Indian team participating in the rally, Hero MotoSports Rally Team, Oriol Mena delivered
his best stage of the Dakar coming in 11th in Stage 5 and reaching
an overall standing of 21 after five stages. His teammate CS Santosh has
managed to keep himself steady with a 52nd
position and an ovrall standing of 53 after five stages.
The 5th stage kicked off from
San Juan De Marcona to move to Arequipa, rally’s last stop in Peru. The rally
now moves into Bolivia. Oriol Mena looked like a man on a mission as he clocked
in his best stage of the Dakar yet, finishing at 11th position, his second top
15 stage finish.
CS Santosh decided to play it
safe and steady as the rally nears the half way mark to finish the stage at
52nd position. Today’s performance also helped him gain 5 ranks from overnight
taking him to the overall ranking of 51st at the end of stage 5.
In the 5th stage, the organizers separated the
route for the Quads/Bikes and Cars/Trucks. The trucks and the cars, therefore
were the first to discover the stage, even before their riders, as they made
their way through the sands of Tanaka, traversing through 30 km or so of
mountain dunes. It was a long road to Arequipa for everyone with 508 km liaison
section, the longest yet of Dakar 2018 and 226 km of specials making up for the
total 774 kms of Stage 5.
The next stage will see the
rally change countries to enter into Bolivia making its first halt in the world’s
highest capital city of La Paz. The rally will move a gear up to become faster
as it leaves the sands behind to tackle the Bolivian Altiplano at the altitude
of 2500m and above.
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