Dakar Rally: KP Aravind pulls out with broken ankle, injury toll increases

  • Dakar Rally: KP Aravind pulls out with broken ankle, injury toll increases

Dakar Rally: KP Aravind pulls out with broken ankle, injury toll increases

The Sherco TVS rider suffered a broken ankle in the rally's final stage in Peru.

In the end, Ten Brinke/Périn finished the stage in 7th place, 09:31 behind Sainz. The 764km long stage featured a 268km "special" where the riders had to ride through a hard terrain of sand and dust. The longest stage of the rally so far saw the riders cover a distance of 501 km. "We all started together on the beach, and I was in the second group of riders to take the start". Barreda Bort is charging ahead and is placed in the fourth position. But instead he was left rebooking his flight home after his Peugeot became stuck in the dunes twice, with a truck having to help him out of a sand hole, costing him nearly three hours. The soft sand with high slopes have tested the mettle of the competitors. Aravind kept the Indian flag flying with another finish, this time coming in 44th position and getting praise for his attentiveness and fitness.

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".

Xavier de Soultrait followed teammate Van Beveren across the line in Stage 4, finishing second and moving to fifth in the overall standings. Joan Pedrero continued his run of strong performances, finishing in 18th place.

The marathon stage will see the race crews depart from the bivouac in La Paz on a 425 km-long stage to the iconic salt flat of Uyuni, on the high plains of Bolivia.

In the 5th stage, the organisers separated the route for the Quads/Bikes and Cars/Trucks.

Spaniard Joan Barreda (Honda) won the fifth stage of the Dakar Rally to vault up to fourth overall in the motorbike category. There was a moment when I had to pedal with my legs to get over a dune.

Kevin Benavides will head into the second week of the Dakar Rally as the outright leader of the bikes class, with the Monster Energy Honda Team racer having taken over at the front from Adrien van Beveren during Thursday's sixth stage.

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.

As for the auto classification, French rally driver from Peugeot Cyril Despres finished first, taking the top three positions of the day, followed by Stephane Peterhansel in second place and Sebastien Loeb in third.