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Another day of gains for Hero MotoSports Team Rally in Stage 8

The competitors were greeted today with another day of fog, dust and fast riding as the stage 8 went underway from San Juan De Marcona to Pisco.
 
Hero MotoSports riders seemed to have turned a leaf in their Dakar campaign as unlike the first half marred by crashes, they continue to make gains on the third consecutive stage.

 

Joaquim continued to push hard against the fog and dust to bring in another good stage to his name. However, he seemed to have done some damage to his back while tackling the fast stage amidst the fog and poor visibility. He clearly looked in pain as he arrived at the finish, but not before posting a 13th position in stage 8, enabling him to break into the top 20 bracket with a 18th place standing in the overall classifications.

Oriol Mena posted another flawless stage with no mistakes and continued his last push to gain some valuable time over his close competitors. He finished the stage 8 in 12th place and inched closer to the top 10, with an 11th place in the overall standings.
 
Today’s stage was another fast stage that was impacted by foggy conditions in the beginning that created some impairment for the riders. Being the “Super Ica” stage, it meant that the fastest 10 competitors across the cars, quads, bikes and trucks, of yesterday’s stage started today one after the other in a mixed start format followed by the normal order, compounding the difficulty for the riders starting behind who were forced to ride in the dust of the lead pack for a long time. The long stage with 207 km liaison followed by a 360km special section, tested the competitors with roughly about 40% of sand and dunes and 60% grave and soft terrain.
 
The penultimate stage of the Dakar 2019, will take place in Pisco area with a mass start in the 313 km loop of special stage, before it moves to the grand finale in Lima.

Oriol Mena (Comp No: 7): "When I started today, it looked like a difficult and dangerous stage so I decided to ride safe and steady with no crashes or mistakes. The stage was completely destroyed due to the previous tracks and mixed start. So I focussed on my rhythm and rode more like an endure race with good speed and flow. I am really happy to be across the finish line today and now only 2 more days to go!"
 
Joaquim Rodrigues (Comp No: 27): "Today was a really difficult with lot of fog in the mountain and lot of fesh-fesh with rocks making it extremely dangerous to push ahead. I encountered dangerous large hole in the track which wasn’t mentioned in the roadbook so I hit it really hard and hurt my back. I am a little bit in pain but happy to finish the line and we see how it goes tomorrow."
 
Provisional Stage 8 results
1. Matthias Walkner, KTM Factory Racing, KTM, 03h 55m 25s
2. Pablo Quintanilla, Husqvarna Factory Racing, Husqvarna, +45s
3. Toby Price, KTM Factory Racing, KTM, +01m 13s...
12. Oriol Mena, Hero MotoSports Team Rally, Hero MotoSports, +24m 38s
13. Joaquim Rodrigues, Hero MotoSports Team Rally, Hero MotoSports, +26m 24s...
 
Provisional Overall Results after Stage 8
1. Toby Price, KTM Factory Racing, KTM, 28h 53m 08s
2. Pablo Quintanilla, Husqvarna Factory Racing, Husqvarna, +01m 03s
3. Matthias Walkner, KTM Factory Racing, KTM, +06m 35s...
11. Oriol Mena, Hero MotoSports Team Rally, Hero MotoSports, +01h 49m 51s...
18. Joaquim Rodrigues, Hero MotoSports Team Rally, Hero MotoSports, +04h 30m 12s...

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Marie-France Estenave pour MFE-Live.com

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