Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Dakar 2018 Stage 5 Results

Dakar 2018 Stage 5 Results

He endured another flat tire not long after the start from Pisco on Monday but fixed it quickly and still blew away the field en route to San Juan de Marcona. As was noticed by team manager David Casteau, the Spaniard attacked the leading pack in the soft sand while choosing wisely to back off in other demanding stretches. Aravind had also hurt his wrist past year after falling off the bike and had to withdraw from the race, leaving his dreams of completing the entire Dakar route unfilled. "It was really cold start in the morning and a very long liaison, and then it started to raining making things worse", Santosh said. He was the best performing Indian till the fourth stage, when he was 44th overall. I was feeling a bit exhausted in the morning as I didn't have a good sleep, so it took me a little time to get going in the stage. "Now we rest for one day and then get ready for the final leg of the Dakar", said Santosh. Despite the fall in stage 4, today's performance helped him gain 5 positions overnight, taking him to the overall ranking of 51st at the end of stage 5.

"We did not have dust today so I knew it was my best chance to pass a few guys and I tried to make the most of the opportunity". But instead he was left rebooking his flight home after his Peugeot became stuck in the dunes twice, with a truck having to help him out of a sand hole, costing him nearly three hours.

In the 5th stage, the organisers separated the route for the Quads/Bikes and Cars/Trucks. The competitors now get a much-deserved rest day on 12th January, to rest their exhausted and bruised bodies and minds before the second leg of the rally kicks off.

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 30km or so of mountain dunes. "It was very hard in Peru, but now we have returned to Bolivia and I will be able to give it my best!"

All in all, it has been a good Dakar so far as the team has been able to fight off, all that the rally has thrown at them so far and stands strong at the half way mark.

The retirement of Aravind has left Sherco TVS with only a single rider, Joan Pedrero.

The next stage will see the rally change countries to enter into Bolivia making its first halt at La Paz - the world's highest capital city. This stage onwards, the rally will step 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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