I am really happy to finish well without any major mistakes. Oriol Mena continued his solid run from yesterday to finish the stage at 23rd position, and an overall 21st place. We didn't have dust today so I knew it was my best chance to pass a few guys and I tried to make the most of the opportunity. "We all started together on the beach, and I was in the second group of riders to take the start".
Hero MotoSports Team Rally's Oriol Mena and C.S Santosh were 27th and 28th respectively after the second day of the Dakar Rally 2018 here.
The trucks and the cars, therefore, were the first to discover the stage, even before their riders, as they made their way through the sands of Tanaka, traversing through 30km or so of mountain dunes.
"It was a tough day today, but we managed to make the best out of it", Quintanilla said. We wish the Indian rider a speedy recovery and we are sure he will be back stronger for next year's race. He finished the sixth stage at 38th position and overall he stands at 51st place at the end of the first half of the Dakar Rally.
The day was particularly hard for the bikes, as they left after the cars, contrary to what usually happens during the Dakar, and found themselves with a terrain battered by the passing of the cars. I was feeling a bit exhausted in the morning as I didn't have a good sleep, so it took me a little time to get going in the stage. The stage was tough, especially the last 50km or so.
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The organisers also separated the route for the quads and bikes in the 5th stage.
Stage 2 was the first full-length stage of the Dakar with a short 12 km liaison section followed by a 267 km loop of Pisco on Sunday. Barreda's ninth-place result saw him 10 minutes off the stage winner's pace, and the Spaniard was only able to shave 33 seconds off his overall deficit to overall leader Van Beveren.
The next stage will see the rally change countries to enter into Bolivia making its first halt at La Paz - the world's highest capital city.
As for the vehicle classification, French rally driver from Peugeot Cyril Despres finished first, taking the top three positions of the day, followed by Stephane Peterhansel in second place and Sebastien Loeb in third. Sand dunes will now be left behind as the rally gets faster, with stages being held in the Bolivian Altiplano at an altitude of 250om and above.