The world’s second most difficult motorsport the Dakar Rally this time stretching across the sand dunes and challenging terrains of Peru, Bolivia and Argentina ended yesterday.
Austrian motorcyclist Matthias Walkner (KTM) has said that he is concentrating on avoiding mistakes as he edges closer to becoming the first competitor from his country to win the Dakar Rally. “Every day can change everything. I have to stay focused day after day. I don’t think so much about victory,” he said after coming in fifth in Stage 11, 11:01 behind the winner, teammate Toby Price of Australia.
“Of course, I’m a little bit nervous. Just missing one waypoint can cost you 20 minutes. Keeping going and doing my best is all I can do,” Walkner said.
The Austrian finished first in the motorcycle class claiming victory and bringing triumph to KTM – a motorcycling brand known among passionate bikers and sponsor Red Bull, yesterday during a stage that saw then-leader Adrien Van Beveren withdraw with an injury and several other contenders in the bike race lose big chunks of time after getting lost on the course. Kevin Benavides (Honda) trails Walkner by 32 minutes with three stages left. Sitting in third place is Toby Price, 39 minutes behind his Austrian teammate.
While CS Santosh representing India and riding with Hero Motosports managed score a 35th position, which has been his most successful and his 3rd Dakar so far and is already talking about Dakar Rally 2019.
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