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Dakar 2018 Stage 5 brings an end to Aravind KP's campaign

Dakar 2018 Stage 5 brings an end to Aravind KP's campaign

Staying true to that tradition, the first part of the 6th stage of the Dakar Rally from Arequipa to La Paz had to be cancelled owing to bad weather and foggy conditions for the riders. Aravind put in a good performance as well, finishing the stage in 30th position to cap off a good leg for the team. I have my mind focused on making to the finish line at Cordoba so I did not want to commit any mistakes just before the half way mark. I am going to attack as much as possible and make up some places. Barreda is now 12th overall, one position behind American teammate Ricky Brabec, who finished a disappointing 24th in Stage 4 and dropped from fourth overall to 12th overall, 21 minutes and 7 seconds out of the lead.

The Sherco TVS Factory Rally Team's campaign took a big hit, with Aravind KP suffering an ankle injury after crashing out.

Stage 2 was the first full-length stage of the Dakar with a short 12 km liaison section followed by a 267 km loop of Pisco on Sunday.

However, he recovered in the second half and ultimately finished as first motorcyclist in the stage, nearly three minutes before his main rival, French rider Adrien Van Beveren from the Yamaha team and six minutes ahead of the Dakar Rally 2017 champion, Briton Sam Sunderland. The stage was tough, especially the last 50 km or so.

Stage 3 took the riders from Pisco to San Juan de Marcona in what was a very hard ride full of dust and sand and navigation issues. Overall good day and I brought the bike home.

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American competitors are generally not the favored-to-win competitors of Dakar, but there are definitely athletes under the American flag who fulfill lifelong dreams by competing in Dakar. The young Spaniard finished the stage in 11th place and is placed 21st overall.

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.

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

Withdrawal of Aravind means Hero MotoSports' CS Santosh is the only Indian rider left in the rider's roaster to finish the rally.


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