STAGE 2 - Peru-Pisco (267km):
Day two at the 2018 Dakar Rally comprised a short 12km liaison section that led into
a gruelling 267km timed special to the east of Pisco. The loop covered similar terrain to the previous day’s short stage – soft sand dunes and blind crests that proved both tiring for the riders and difficult to navigate.
Gold Coast-resident Toby Price continues to get himself dialled in, both to his new KTM 450 RALLY and to competition in general. After injuring himself at the 2017 Dakar rally Toby is making the most of the technical sand dunes. The likeable Australian increased his pace as the day went on and moved up from his start position of 14th to 10th at the end of the stage.
Toby Price: “It was the first stage with proper navigation today and I did ok. The cars ahead of us were everywhere – I think their numbers must have been halved after today, there were so many of them side-lined
. I managed to catch Laia (Sanz) quite early on, around the 40 or 50km mark, and we rode together for a while. Overall, I am feeling good and inside the top-10 is not a bad place to be. I just need to concentrate on my riding, navigation and hopefully
I can pick up the pace a little as the race progresses.”
Stage three of the 2018 Dakar Rally will be predominantly off-piste, covering a mixture of sand and dirt, across a salt-lake and through the canyons of the Peruvian desert. Riders go straight into a 296km special stage, which is then followed by a 208km liaison that heads north from Pisco to the coastal town of San Juan de Marcona.
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Provisional Results Stage Two – 2018 Dakar Rally
1. Joan Barreda (ESP), Honda, 2:56:44 hr
2. Adrien van Beveren (FRA), Yamaha, +2:54 min
10. Toby Price (AUS), KTM, +6:40 min
Provisional Standings after Stage Two – 2018 Dakar Rally
1. Joan Barreda (ESP), Honda, 3:18:36 hr
2. Adrien van Beveren (FRA), Yamaha, +2:30 min
3. Matthias Walkner (AUT), KTM, +4:50 min
10. Toby Price (AUT), KTM, +9:04 min