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Dakar 2018: CS Santosh, Aravind KP And Stage 2 Updates

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The Dakar Rally 2018 showed its true colours on the second day with the conclusion of Stage 2 - Pisco to Pisco.

Stage 2 was the first full- length stage of the Dakar 2018 with a timed section of 267km and transport section of just 12km. The stage was tricky with the canyons and series of dunes.

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Dakar 2018: CS Santosh, Aravind KP And Stage 2 Updates

Indian rider CS Santosh started the tricky stage with a cautious approach and maintained a steady pace and finished the second stage in 29th position. Santosh's teammate Oriol Mena too stuck to a steady pace and completed the stage in 27th position.

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Dakar 2018: CS Santosh, Aravind KP And Stage 2 Updates

In the overall standings, Santosh has slipped down the order and is in 28th spot after the completion of the second stage. Mena is ahead of Santosh in 27th position after the completion of Stage 2. Joaquim Rodrigues is recovering from his injury and he will be flying back home.

Dakar 2018: CS Santosh, Aravind KP And Stage 2 Updates

Sherco TVS rider Aravind KP too had a tough stage and managed to post 40th quickest stage time. In the general classification, Aravind is in 32nd position, just 12 minutes, 4 seconds behind CS Santosh.

Dakar 2018: CS Santosh, Aravind KP And Stage 2 Updates

Aravind's teammate Juan Pedrero Garcia finished the tricky second stage in 23rd position. In the overall leaderboard, he is in 22nd position, putting Sherco TVS ahead of Hero. The bad news for the Indo-French team was Adrien Metge's retirement due to a fall in the dunes of the second stage.

Dakar 2018: CS Santosh, Aravind KP And Stage 2 Updates

In the bikes category, the stage 2 victory went to Honda factory rider Joan Barreda Bort. He also took the overall lead from Sam Sunderland. Yamaha rider Adrien Van Beveren finished the second stage in the second position and is behind Joan Barreda in the overall standings. KTM rider Matthias Walkner is in the third position in the overall standing.

Dakar 2018: CS Santosh, Aravind KP And Stage 2 Updates

In the quads class, Chilean rider Ignacio Casale topped the timesheets in the second stage and also took the overall lead. Sergey Karyakain maintained his second position in the overall leaderboard.

Dakar 2018: CS Santosh, Aravind KP And Stage 2 Updates

In the cars category, Cyril Despres was back on pace and took the second stage victory and leads the rally by 27 seconds ahead of his teammate Stephane Peterhansel. Sebastien Loeb finished the stage in the third position and climbed up the leaderboard to the fourth position.

Dakar 2018: CS Santosh, Aravind KP And Stage 2 Updates

In the trucks category, Russian driver Eduard Nikolaev driving his Kamaz truck stormed into the lead with a dominant performance in the second stage. Ales Loprais slipped to the second position in the overall standings. Local hero Federico Villagra rounded off the top three drivers after stage 2.

Dakar 2018: CS Santosh, Aravind KP And Stage 2 Updates

2018 Dakar Stage 2 Results

Motorcycles

  1. Joan Barreda Bort (ESP) Honda
  2. Adrien Van Beveren (FRA) Yamaha
  3. Matthias Walkner (AUT) KTM

Dakar 2018: CS Santosh, Aravind KP And Stage 2 Updates

Quads

  1. Ignacio Casale (CHL) Yamaha
  2. Sergei Kariakin (RUS) Yamaha
  3. Gaston Gonzalez (ARG) Yamaha
Dakar 2018: CS Santosh, Aravind KP And Stage 2 Updates

Cars

  1. Cyril Despres (FRA) Peugeot
  2. Stephane Peterhansel (FRA) Peugeot
  3. Sebastien Loeb (FRA) Peugeot
Dakar 2018: CS Santosh, Aravind KP And Stage 2 Updates

Trucks

  1. Eduard Nikolaev (RUS) Kamaz
  2. Federico Villagra (ARG) Iveco
  3. Ales Loprais (CZE) Tatra
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