The 2018 edition of the Dakar Rally has commenced in South America and will be testing the grit of man and machine over the next two weeks.
The first stage of the 2018 Dakar remained the same for all categories including cars, bikes, quads and trucks. The stage started from the Peruvian capital of Lima going south towards Pisco, with 242 km of liaison followed by a 31 km of timed section. KTM's Sam Sunderland led the rally. CS Santosh, leading the Indian contingent finished in the 13th place while Aravind KP finished 30th. Joaquim Rodrigues had a horrible crash in the first 10 km of the timed section. JRod, as he is called, had to be airlifted to the hospital from the rally after suffering a blow to his face from his bike's handlebar. Oriol Mena ended in the 22nd position.
Stage 2 saw the riders travel a total distance of 279 km in Pisco, with 12 km as Liason and 267 km of the special stage. Honda rider Joan Barreda won the 2nd stage, while Sam Sunderland took 4th position. CS Santosh took 28th position and Aravind Prabhakar took 32nd position.
Article Source : Dakar & Motorsport