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Stage 8 results of 2019 Dakar Rally have been released. In the return journey to Pisco, all participants had to push their machines over loose sand for a prolonged period of time. They also had to ensure that the vehicles did not stall at the infamous 'subida de los burros', aka 'the rise of the donkeys'.
Dakar 2019 Stage 8 started from San Juan de Marcona and headed back to Pisco. The route, comprising of a 215km liaison and 360km special, had its own share of demands for contestants from all categories. Check out the results of stage 7.
At the end of Stage 8, Matthias Walkner from Red Bull KTM Factory Rally finished first. Coming in at second and third places are, Pablo Quintanilla (Rockstar Energy Husqvarna) and Toby Price (Red Bull KTM Factory Rally), respectively.
Indian teams Sherco TVS Racing and Hero MotoSports put up a good effort. Michael Metge particularly showcased a commendable performance and finished the stage in 11th position. Meanwhile, his brother Adrien Metge crossed the line in 16th place. Aravind KP faced some navigational difficulties yet again, but managed to finish 46th.
Hero MotoSport riders, Oriol Mena and Joaquim Rodrigues crossed the line at 12th and 13th positions, just a few seconds shy from Michael Metge. The three were really close to getting on to the top 10.
Coming to the overall rankings at the end of Stage 8, Hero's Oriol Mena is in the lead at 11th. His teammate Joaquim Rodrigues comes 18th, while the Metge brothers from TVS are now at 24th and 26th places, respectively. Aravind KP is at a humble 47th position.
As mentioned before, Stage 8 was tricky in its own way. Ricky Brabec from Monster Energy Honda faced an engine failure that forced him to retire. It came as a shock to Honda and their fans as Brabec was leading the rally.
With only five members from the Indian teams remaining, Hero MotoSports and TVS Sherco Rally are pushing towards the top 10 spots. Stage 9 will take place in Pisco; a distance of 409km (96km liaison; 313km special).