The fourth stage of the 2019 Dakar Rally saw competitors go from Arequipa to Moquegua for the first half of the Marathon stage. The going was tough for most competitors, but Hero MotoSports Team Rally's Oriol Mena continued his strong form. Ricky Brabec took the first position.
Mena, who ended the third stage of the Dakar in eighth place, managed to end the fourth stage 11th. He achieved this not only by riding fast, but also using his judgement, knowing when to push hard, and when to proceed with caution. This meant that he was able to retain his 12th place overall in the Moto class of the event, after four stages of the rally.
CS Santosh also went for a more cautious approach. The Indian rider wanted to get himself, and his motorcycle, to the Marathon bivouac in good condition, given that there would be no assistance to the riders at this point in the rally. Santosh's approach resulted in a 51st position finish in the stage, which sees him ranked 44th overall in the Moto class. The second half of the Marathon stage will see competitors move from Moquegua to the Arequipa bivouac, where they will be reunited with their teams.
Article Source : Overdrive