Reigning Dakar champion Matthias Walkner topped the second stage of the Rally after trailing Ricky Brabec for most of the day, as Honda's Joan Barreda kept the overall lead. Walkner's KTM teammate Toby Price had a poor start to the day as he lost three minutes already before the opening waypoint, but the 2016 champion did well not to lose any more time and took fourth. KTM rider Sam Sunderland was sixth in the stage ahead of Adrien van Beveren, who led Yamaha's efforts but was still over nine minutes off the pace.
Stage 2 of the 2019 Dakar Rally challenged all motorcycle competitors with an extremely fast, and rough, timed special of 342 kms leaving Pisco and heading south along the coast towards San Juan de Marcona. Competitors covered a distance of 552km, which included a 342km long special.
CS Santosh, who impressed with a top 20 finish in Stage 1 had a far more tricky outing in Stage 2. Santosh lost time when, sensing an issue with his clutch, he was forced to ride cautiously in the second half of the stage. This meant that he ended the second stage in 37th position, and is ranked 33rd overall in the Moto category after two days of rallying. Aravind had a promising day two as the former National Supercross and reall champion improved over the course of the day to end his stint in 60th position and is now 61st overall.
For Stage 3 of the rally, the competitors head to Arequipa for a 799km long stage, including 331km of liaison, with many tricky sand dunes to deal with.
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