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The 2018 edition of the Dakar Rally is up and running with the 31km Stage 1 - Lima to Pisco. The first stage was flagged off from the capital of Peru, Lima.
The first stage of the 2018 Dakar Rally was a short sprint of just 31km which also included a transport section of 242km.
Indian rider CS Santosh, riding his Hero 450 Rally motorcycle, finished the first stage of the 2018 Dakar rally in an impressive 13th position. In his fourth Dakar outing, Santosh registered his best Dakar stage finish.
Santosh's teammate Oriol Mena made a cautious start and ended the first stage in 22nd position. Hero MotoSports' third rider Joaquim Rodrigues was involved in a crash midway through the stage. He suffered injuries and was rushed to the hospital.
India's only other rider in the 2018 Dakar Rally, Aravind KP, riding for Sherco TVS finished the first stage in a promising 30th position. Adrien Metge was the leading rider for Sherco TVS as he finished the first stage in 24th position. His teammate Juan Pedrero Garcia ended the first stage in 25th spot.
In the bikes category, the first stage victory went to KTM rider Sam Sunderland. Yamaha rider Adrien van Beveren finished the Stage 1 in second position, just 32 seconds adrift the leader. Pablo Quintanilla set the third fastest time riding his Husqvarna rally machine.
In the quad category, Chilean rider Ignacio Casale won the very first stage of 2018 Dakar Rally. Reigning champion Sergey Karyakin was the second fastest in quads ahead of Pablo Copetti in third making it all-Yamaha quads in the top three position.
In the cars category, Qatari driver Nasser Al-Attiyah won the first stage in his four-wheel-drive Toyota Hilux. His teammate Bernhard ten Brinke finished the first stage in the second spot, just 25 seconds off the pace. Argentina driver Nicolas Fuchs rounded off the top three finishers in Stage 1.
Sebastien Loeb's 2018 Dakar Rally got off to a terrible start as his Peugeot 3008DKR Maxi suffered brake problems at the beginning of the stage. He managed to finish the stage in 26th position.
In the trucks category, the stage one victory went to Ales Loprais in his Tatra truck. The second fastest time was set by Martin van den Brink driving his Renault truck. Russian driver Eduard Nikolaev rounded off the top three finishers.
2018 Dakar Stage 1 Results
- Sam Sunderland (GBR) KTM
- Adrien van Beveren (FRA) Yamaha
- Pablo Quintanilla (CHL) Husqvarna
- Ignacio Casale (CHL) Yamaha
- Sergey Karyakin (RUS) Yamaha
- Pablo Copetti (ARG) Yamaha
- Nasser Al-Attiyah (QAT) Toyota
- Bernhard ten Brinke (NLD) Toyota
- Nicolas Fuchs (ARG) Borgward
- Ales Loprais (CZE) Tatra
- Martin van den Brink NLD) Renault
- Eduard Nikolaev (RUS) Kamaz
The first stage of the 2018 Dakar Rally was just a teaser of the action ahead in the upcoming stages. The real essence of Dakar Rally begins from the second stage with long stage kilometres and harsh terrain and weather conditions. The second stage of the rally will be a 267km timed section with transport section of just 12km.