The fifth stage of the 2019 Dakar Rally proved to be one of the toughest stages yet. Several competitors got caught out, and there were crashes aplenty, unfortunately even for the Hero MotoSports Team Rally riders.
Yamaha rider Xavier de Soultrait took a provisional stage win in the bike class in Stage 5 of the 2019 Dakar Rally, taking the lead at the very end. However, KTM rider Sam Sunderland could still be credited with the stage win, having spent around 10 minutes assisting an injured Paulo Goncalves.
The first incident of Stage 5 occurred between waypoints 4 and 5, with CS Santosh suffering a nasty crash, unable to continue to ride to the end of the stage. The Indian rider was airlifted to a hospital in Tacna, where he is being treated for injuries. It is unfortunate that Santosh's fifth attempt at the Dakar ended prematurely, even while he was putting in strong performances along the way.
The going wasn't much easier for Oriol Mena and Joaquim Rodrigues, with both riders crashing a few times. Mena, who has been the highest placed Hero rider thus far at the 2019 Dakar, had a particularly bad crash, and lost his bearings for a while after the episode. However, he somehow managed to continue riding and made it to the finish line 16th in the stage. This enabled him to retain 12th place overall in the Moto class.
The competitors in the 2019 Dakar now get some respite, with the rest day allowing them to recharge and gear up for the upcoming stages that progress back towards Lima.
Article Source : Overdrive