Pune: Sherco TVS Rally Factory team’s Juan Pedrero Garcia was placed at overall 15th position after Stage 6 of the Dakar Rally 2018 as the caravan entered Bolivia on Thursday.
The sixth stage of Dakar 2018 saw the teams leave behind the treacherous deserts of Peru and scale the altitudes of Bolivia, grazing past the famous Lake Titicaca.
The convoy of riders covered a stretch of 760 kilometers from Arequipa in Peru to La Paz with the special stage consisted of 313 kilometers.
Just as Garcia fared well in the stage despite the challenges as the Sherco TVS Factory Rally team’s lead racer has jumped up to 15th position.
“I am very happy to be back on track in Bolivian territory. I feel good and for me, the race starts now. I am going to attack as much as possible and make up some places. It was very difficult in Peru, but now we have returned to Bolivia and I will be able to give it my best!,” said Garcia.
Hero on with two riders
Both riders from Hero MotoSports Team Rally decided to be safe and cautious with an aim to successfully complete the first half of the Dakar Rally without any unwanted incident.
Oriol Mena continued his solid run from yesterday to finish the stage at 23rd position, and an overall 21st place. CS Santosh continued his resurgence in the rankings, despite a troubled ankle owing to an earlier crash. He finished the stage at 38th position and overall 51st place at the end of the first half of the Dakar Rally.
All in all, a good Dakar so far as the team has been able to fight off all that the Dakar has thrown at them so far and stands strong at the half way mark.
As the competitors rolled into the cold and rainy La Paz podium, the cheer and warmth of the thousands of people who thronged the podium area braving the bad weather, gave them a true Heroes’ welcome.
The competitors now get a much deserved rest day, to rest their tired and bruised bodies and minds before the second leg of the rally kicks off.
The next stage will move the rally from La Paz on January 13 for its 1st marathon stage of 425 km to Uyuni.
Stage 6 Classifications: 1. Meo Antoine (KTM) 1h 54m 10s, 2. Kevin Benavides (Honda) +30s, 3. 3. Toby Price (KTM) +30s… 15. Juan Pedrero Garcia (Sherco TVS Rally Factory) +4m 51s…23. Oriol Mena (Hero Motosports Team Rally) +7m 51s… 38. CS Santosh (Hero MotoSports Team Rally) +14m 57s.
Overall: 1. Kevin Benavides 16h 33m 20s, 2. Adrien Van Beveren (Yamaha) +01m 57s, 3. Matthias Walkner (KTM) +02m 50s…15… Juan Pedrero Garcia +53m 26s…20. Oriol Mena +01h 14m 07s… 51. CS Santosh +04h 52m 00s.