Rider Struck By Lightning During Stage 4 Of 2017 Dakar Rally

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The Dakar Rally is known as the toughest form of motorsports in the world, thanks to pleasant and mostly unpleasant surprises the race has in store.

Rider Struck By Lightning During Stage 4 Of 2017 Dakar Rally

One of the weirdest things experienced yet is lightning strike, and that is exactly what happened to Slovakian KTM rider, Ivan Jakes.

Rider Struck By Lightning During Stage 4 Of 2017 Dakar Rally

The veteran Dakar competitor was struck by lightning near Salar Centenario, Argentina, about 190 miles (almost 306km) from the finish line of stage 4.

Rider Struck By Lightning During Stage 4 Of 2017 Dakar Rally

Reports suggest that since Jakes had his foot on the pegs of the motorcycle, he survived, since the tyres would have insulated him. Also, not only did he survive, but also managed to finish stage 4 in the 15th position, despite the agonising pain.

Rider Struck By Lightning During Stage 4 Of 2017 Dakar Rally

Stage 4 of the 2017 Dakar Rally has seen a lot of things happen already, and one major pointer is that last year's Dakar Winner, Toby Price has suffered an injury is now out of the race.

Rider Struck By Lightning During Stage 4 Of 2017 Dakar Rally

Click here to read the complete results after the Dakar Rally Stage 4, along with overall standings of all the competitors.

Story first published: Friday, January 6, 2017, 14:01 [IST]
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