Anniversary of the rally-marathon “Dakar-2018” is gaining momentum. January 7, the participants overcame the first long stage that determined the pattern of future battles.
After a short warmup, the participants of the 40th edition of the Dakar was confronted with the full force of dunes of the ICA near the Peruvian town of Pisco. 90% of the distance of 267 km circuit stage passed on the roads, requiring crews attention to navigation. This was especially true of the category of cars that paved the way.
Champions Peugeot fully rehabilitated after crumpled start on Saturday. Cyril despres perfectly spent the stage, easily coped with the dunes and won a second victory on the stages of the Dakar behind the wheel of a car. Five-time winner on the motorcycle headed the overall standings and is now 27 seconds ahead of teammate stéphane Peterhansel, who finished second. Sebastien Loeb has secured the success of the “French lions”, becoming the third.
The leadership change also occurred in the category of motorcycles. The Honda rider Joan Barreda Board made a phenomenal breakthrough during the second part of the stage and won a deserved victory. Adrien van Beveren, meanwhile, managed to stay in second position after two days of French rider of the Yamaha factory team loses to the leader of less than three minutes.
In the Quad class the second stage in a row won the Ignacio Casale. But on the last stage of the Chilean literally chased defending champion Sergey Karjakin, who eventually lost to him just 43 seconds.
In the truck category was not equal to twice the winner Eduard Nikolaev. The driver of the “KAMAZ-Master” has left all its competitors far behind, finishing in three and a half minutes over Argentine Federico Villagra on Iveco. The winner of the initial stage Ales Loprais rounded out the top three, while the next representative of the “Blue Armada” Dmitry Sotnikov is located only in ninth place with a gap of 39 minutes from Nikolaev. Ayrat Mardeev was the 17th, Anton Shibalov – 18th.
With all their experience in motocross and Enduro Jonathan Barragan is still a newcomer on the Dakar. Biker from Madrid is the factory team of the Spanish company GasGas, who returned to the famous rally-marathon. The finish line in 11th place, three seconds behind the winner of the 2016 Toby price – this is a serious signal to all recognized leaders. It barragán after two days heads the beginners ‘ classification.
Nightmare turned to the second stage for Nasser al attii. The winner of the launch stage was forced to open the track during the whole race was a waste of time regarding the Peugeot racers. As a result, only the eighth time with a delay of 14 minutes from despres. Although it is worth noting that the co-driver of Qatari Mathieu Romelu sick.
Let Joanou Barredo Bordo still far from the first victory in the overall standings, but in the second stage of “Dakar-2018,” the Spaniard once again proved that by right is considered one of the fastest riders in rally-marathon. Rider Honda celebrated the 20-th victory in the special stage and is now in the category motorcycles concedes this figure only five people: Cyril despres and Stephane Peterhansel (33 victories each), Jordi Arkaroo (27), Mark Coma (25) and the Hubert Auriol (24)
Sebastien Loeb: “I think we showed a decent time and avoided the opening track on third stage, so everything should be fine. It is important to clearly follow the route and not to succumb to the false sensations. Our goal in Peru is to prevent errors. One missed reference point can be very costly”.
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