In one of the maddest days we’ve seen in the South American version of the Dakar, the race was won, and then lost, by Adrien Van Beveren, with lots of other insanity to boot.
Today’s excitement included a tough performance by Joan Barreda, a painful exit by Xavier de Soultrait, and a collision between Laia Sanz and a llama.
It was the best of days for Honda, and the worst of days. Scratch that–despite the stage win, it was a pretty bad day overall.
The Dakar rally has left the sand dunes of Peru for mountains of Bolivia. A change in terrain meant a change in the names on the day’s leaderboard.
The chaos continues, with Honda resurgent again in the last day of dune-bashing. This Dakar has proven to be the most interesting since moving to South America.
More tricky navigation through the dunes today, and a serious blow to the KTM factory team, with a rider out for the rest of the event.
Three days in, and KTM is back in charge, as usual, thanks to navigational screw-ups from the competition.
Honda’s riders fared very well in today’s tricky sections, with the bikes starting after the cars, dealing with ruts all day.
It didn’t take long for the competitors to start crashing out; one unlucky rider managed to bin it only three klicks in.
In a few days, the worlds finest motorcycle race kicks off, starting in Peru. We will have full coverage. Here is a preview on what to expect.