Dakar 2018: Spaniard Sainz wins sixth stage


Sainz trims Peterhansel's lead with first Dakar stage win

"It was probably one of the toughest stage of the Dakar 2018 and new experience for me". Aravind put in a good performance as well, finishing the stage in 30th position to cap off a good leg for the team.

I'm happy to be done for today because it was tough. and I'm delighted with having left the other guys behind. It took everything that I had and the machine had to make it through today. This ensured that he gained 5 spots in the rankings, ending 51st in the overall standings of the Moto class at the end of Stage 5.

Rotten luck has struck Sherco TVS Factory Rally team's Indian rider Aravind KP again.

Van Beveren took advantage of his starting position within the second wave of riders in the mass-style start, and he navigated the sand well to finish the 330-kilometer special stage that was part of the loop bear San Juan de Marcona with a time of 4 hours, 8 minutes and 23 seconds, 5 minutes and 1 second ahead of de Soultrait.


The next stage of the rally will be from La Paz to Uyuni for the first marathon stage of 425 km. Barreda is now in the fourth position overall but, he is still on the hunt for the Dakar 2018 podium. Competitors were challenged by the tricky canyons in the first 40 km of the stage made only tougher by the dunes that followed. It was a very hard stage, the dunes are very tough and the course was very hard to negotiate. The former Porto, Chelsea and Tottenham manager, who was making his debut in the rally, felt back pains after his auto crashed against a sand dune in the fourth stage.

It was Stage 5 victor Joan Barreda who led the bikes off the start alongside the banks of the Titicaca Lake.

Australia's Toby Price was third on the stage. "I know that if I keep calm and stay focused on my job, we can finish these sand stages with a good overall result". The bikers will have to change software and get ready for long stretches of good navigation before they hit the sand dunes at a high altitude. With Pedrero the lone rider from TVS Sherco still in the running, he will be looking to close the gap to the leaders before the Dakar Rally moves to Argentina as he looks to accomplish another top 10 finish.

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