Hero MotoSports' Mena, Santosh 27th & 28th at Dakar Rally

Ross Houston
January 13, 2018

We raced for some time together, and then he upped his pace and tried to make up some time.

Speaking later, Mena shared his thoughts on the 5th stage: "It was probably one of the toughest stages of the Dakar 2018 and new experience for me". The revised 6th stage was limited only to a 194 km of timed section from the original planned stage of 313 km with the riders tackling everything from snow, freezing temperatures and rain, at an altitude of 4800 metres. The 30-year-old rider in his second attempt to complete the Dakar Rally has been forced out due to a broken ankle after a crash in Wednesday's stage 5 which started from San Juan De Marcona and finished in Arequipa in Peru.

2018 Dakar Rally

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

I'm happy to be done for today because it was tough. and I'm delighted with having left the other guys behind.

"Bolivia has always been the turning point in the Dakar". There were several retirements, and the latest one was Aravind KP. Recuperating after the fall, he said, "Post yesterday's crash, I am feeling better now after getting medical attention". The doctors in Lima have informed me that I will require surgery once back in India. I knew I had to stay focused on my riding and navigation, and this is exactly what I did.

Dutch driver Bernhard ten Brinke of Toyota finished the stage 4:52 behind Peterhansel. 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.

As the competitors rolled into the cold and rainy La Paz podium, they were cheered by thousands of people who thronged the podium area braving the bad weather.

Delivering consistent performances throughout the first half of the annual contest in South America, De Villiers was lying fifth overall in the general classification ahead of Friday's rest day, with the race moving from Peru to Bolivia. The longest stage of the rally so far saw the riders cover a distance of 501 km. As per regulations, the riders will not be able to receive any assistance from the crew at their overnight halt at Uyuni and will be on their own.

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