The second part of the rally-marathon “Dakar-2018” began with the drama that turned on the head of the situation in the classroom, where the main favorite to win, it would seem that everything is clear.
After a well deserved rest day in the capital of Bolivia, La Paz, the participants of the anniversary of the 40th of the “Dakar” waited the longest stage since the start in Lima. The rain made the dirt and sand road at the 495-kilometer-long route even more difficult. If there was little that the stage was wearing a marathon status, signifying the arrival of the crews on a private bivouac and independent service and repair of equipment.
Gorgeous Joan Barreda Board confidently drove the Uyuni and celebrated the third victory at the “Dakar-2018”. Even a nasty fall and a knee injury did not stop the Honda rider, which is an advantage at the finish was two and a half minutes over nearest rival Adrien van Beveren returned to the first position in the General classification.
Also, he replaced the leader in the standings SUVs. With a second consecutive victory and failure Stefan Peterhansel second Peugeot driver Carlos Sainz now leads with a huge margin. Due to damage to the machine Peterhansel lost 1 hour and 45 minutes. Racers Toyota Giniel de Villiers and Nasser al-Attiyah finished in second and third places.
In the category of ATVs first victory at stages “Dakar” celebrated Axel Guthrie, and Dutchman Ton van Guten of the Iveco in the truck class. Best of racers “KAMAZ-Master” at the finish of the sixth stage was Eduard Nikolaev showed the third result and also give the second rider on the Iveco’s Federico Villagra.
Axel Guthrie’ve been waiting for this day. After a fifth place debut on “Dakar” last year, the French ATV rider was full of hopes and ambitions, but from the start in Lima at his heels pursued the problem. Only on the sixth day he was able to turn the tide in dominating style held the whole stage up, by the way, in fifth place in the overall standings.
After the third victory at the “Dakar-2018” Joan Barreda Board had to smile, but instead, in an interview after the finish on the face of the Spanish rider was injured. As a result of falling on a 300-kilometer special stage rider Honda has suffered a knee injury which is likely to be forced to say goodbye to dreams of success and go the distance.
With an overwhelming advantage over Nasser al-Attia in the overall ranking is 1 hour and 11 minutes Peugeot driver Carlos Sainz became the main favorite in the battle for the victory on “Dakar-2018” in the standings SUVs. What to say if the category motorcycles that handicap 13 parts the first riders!
Stephane Peterhansel: “On a long straight road with puddles in front of me was standing on the road, the ATV rider. I decided to avoid him and in that moment there was a deafening shot. The back of the car was shattered: suspension, transmission shaft, shock absorbers… We had to wait for help Cyril despres, the repairs took almost two hours. But I continue to smile and not faking it. Just a shame for the morale of the team and a broken car”.
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