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Hero MotoSports Team Rally keep it steady in the Marathon Stage of Dakar Rally

Parichay Malvankar
Written by Parichay Malvankar

After the much deserved rest day at La Paz, the Dakar Rally went on the road again with the first Marathon stage kicking off from La Paz to Uyuni. A change in software was required for the riders as the landscape changed from sandy dunes to lot of off-piste, river beds and harder ground and the stages become longer and faster from here on.

For Hero MotoSports Team Rally, both the riders – Oriol Mena and C S Santosh – tackled the stage with a steady head and arrived at the Uyuni bivouac safely, though deprived of any assistance from the team for this overnight halt as per the regulations of the Marathon stage. Oriol Mena had another good stage as he finished the stage at 17 position, allowing him to break into top 20 rankings. Santosh also had a good day, finishing today’s stage at 39th position and an overall ranking of 40 at the end of stage 7.

Another good news for the Hero MotoSports Team Rally fans is that Joaquim Rodrigues arrived in Portugal safely and is now recuperating well.

Stage 8 will see the rally move through to Tupiza for the 2nd leg of the Marathon Stage, which will test the riders with the longest special stage of the rally, covering nearly 500 kms, including a high altitude dune crossing. Tupiza will be the last halt for the rally in Bolivia before changing the borders again and crossing over to Argentina.

Provisional Stage 7 Classifications

  1. Joan Bort Barreda            Honda Factory Racing                      Honda                       5h 11m 10s
  2. Adrien Van Beveren         Yamaha Factory Racing                    Yamaha                     +02m 51s
  3. Kevin Benavides                Honda Factory Racing                      Honda                         +08m 02s
  4. Oriol Mena                    Hero Motosports Team Rally       Hero MotoSports       +25m 25s
  5. C.S. Santosh                   Hero Motosports Team Rally       Hero MotoSports       +01h 33m 11s

Overall Provisional Classifications after Stage 7

  1. Adrien Van Beveren         Yamaha Factory Racing                    Yamaha                      21h 49m 18s
  2. Kevin Benavides                Honda Factory Racing                      Honda                         +03m 14s
  3. Joan Bort Barreda            Honda Factory Racing                      Honda                         +04m 45s
  4. Oriol Mena                    Hero MotoSports Team Rally      Hero MotoSports     +01h 34m 44s
  5. C.S. Santosh                   Hero MotoSports Team Rally      Hero MotoSports     +06h 20m 23s

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Parichay Malvankar

Parichay Malvankar

Founder, owner and editor-in-chief of www.Shifting-Gears.com; a born gearhead, nothing apart from a set of wheels gets his pulse racing.