After the cancellation of Stage 12 of the 40th Dakar Rally for motorcycles, citing safety concerns, it was simply a marathon road ride into San Juan, leaving only two stages to go in the toughest and most famous off-road race in the world. The bikes and cars took different competitive routes between San Juan and Córdoba, travelling 483km and 560km respectively through sand dunes and areas of fine, soft sand called fesh-fesh.
The stage itself was won by Toby Price for the second consecutive time. The Aussie is determined to cut into the lead of his Red Bull KTM teammate Matthias Walkner. With only one day left, Walkner still maintains a 22 minute lead over Kevin Benevidez and 27 minutes over Price. Walkner, who started the day with a gap of 32 minutes, cruised through the stage and only gave up 9m48s of his advantage. Price completed the first half with a one-minute lead over KTM teammate Antoine Meo, and doubled his lead by the time he finished the second section.
Hero MotoSports Team Rally rider CS Santosh is determined to finish the rally on a high note. The Indian rider rode with a purpose to improve his ranking and finished the 13th stage in 33rd position. This result has propelled Santosh to 34th position in the overall standings. Santosh's teammate, Dakar rookie, Oriol Mena was on a charge in the penultimate stage. The Spanish rider posted eight fastest time in the 13th stage and is placed in an impressive eight spot in the general rankings. With just one stage to go, Mena is expected to go for the last push to register his best-ever result in his maiden Dakar Rally. Sherco TVS Rider Juan Pedrero Garcia has moved up to 11th position in the overall leaderboard.
Competitors have one last stage remaining, within Cordoba. They will cover a distance of 166km of liaison and 120km of special stage before they get to the finish line at the 2018 Dakar.
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