PUNE: Sherco TVS Rally Factory Team riders Juan Pedrero Garcia and KP Aravind rode better than their Hero MotoSports Team Rally competitors in the fourth Stage of the Dakar Rally 2018 at San Juan De Marcona to take overall 17th and 33rd spots on the night before entering Bolivia.
Spanish rider Garcia finished 17th ahead of his countrymate Oriol Mena of Hero MotoSports Team Rally, who was placed 33rd in the Stage 4. Indian rider KP Aravind, driving for Sherco TVS Rally Team finished 44th and was placed 33rd overall.
The fourth stage of the Dakar Rally camped itself in San Juan De Marcona for one more day of dunes and navigation. It turned out to be a very tough stage for the competitors with hidden way points and difficult terrain. Both the Hero MotoSports Team Rally riders pushed hard today to overcome this tough stage for the team.
Mena began the stage well but lost some time in finding a waypoint in the later part of the stage.
CS Santosh came out with a purpose and rode hard to cover a lot of positions today despite a nasty crash in the 2nd half of the stage. He gained over 40 positions on his overnight ranking of 98, to finish the stage and overall at 56th place.
The stage offered a changed landscape and a different kind of start to break the mould. It started on the beach front in a mass start format with 15 bikes per set. After this sprint along the beach, the competitors were challenged to tackle one of the longest sandy section ever in the history of the Dakar, a total of 100 kms with dunes of all sizes making up a total stage run of 444km including the special stage of 330 kms.
Next stage will see the rally moving to Arequipa where competitors will tackle the sands of Tanaka and a 30 or so km of mountain dune sections making up the longest stage yet, with 774 kms to be covered including the liaison.
PETERHANSEL STAYS ATOP
Defending champion Stephane Peterhansel doubled his lead in the Dakar Rally to nearly seven minutes on Tuesday after an eventful fourth stage that claimed last year’s motorcycle winner Sam Sunderland.
Stage 4 Classifications: 1. Adrien Van Beveren (Yamaha) 04h 08m 23s, 2. Xavier De Soutrait (Yamaha) +05m 01s, 3. Matthias Walkner (KTM) +07m 10s...17, Juan Pedrero Garica (Sherco TVS Rally Factory Team) +13m 32s... 33. Oriol Mena (Hero Motosports Team Rally) +40m 55s... 44. KP Aravind (Sherco TVS Rally Factory Team) +58m 32s... 56. CS Santosh (Hero Motosports Team Rally) +01h 20m 40s.
Overall: 1. Van Beveren 11h 03m 23s, 2. Pablo Quintanilla (Husqvarna) +01m 55s, 3. Kevin Benavides (Honda) +03m 15s... 17. Juan Pedrero Garcia +35m 31s...24. Oriol Mena +01 00m 46s...33. KP Aravind +1h 51m 49s... 56. CS Santosh +03h 27m 31s.