Hero MotoSports rider CS Santosh was forced to retire from the 2019 Dakar rally after suffering a nasty crash in the second part of the marathon stage on Friday.
While few details have emerged so far, Santosh fell off the bike during the second half of stage 5 and was unable to continue thereafter. He was classified 44th the day before.
His team Hero reported that he is in a “stable condition” and “receiving medical attention.”
2019 marks Santosh’s second Dakar retirement in five attempts. He last suffered a DNF in 2016 during a dismal outing for Suzuki.
Santosh’s Hero teammates Oriol Mena and Joaquim Rodrigues also suffered minor crashes but were able to hop back on their bikes and finish 16th and 18th respectively.
The two riders are classified 12th and 28th in the general standings at the halfway point of the rally.
#48 Sherco TVS: Aravind KP
Photo by: TVS Racing
Top three for Sherco TVS
Sherco TVS’ Lorenzo Santolino stunned the field by setting the third fastest time in stage 5, which comprised a 345 km special - plus a 431 km liaison section - from Moquegua to Arequipa.
That result elevated Santolino to 11th in the overall classifications, allowing him to jump ahead of Mena.
Adrien Metge and Michael Metge were unable to match Santolino’s pace but did enough to finish the stage in 23rd and 29th position respectively.
Finally, Aravind KP, now the sole remaining Indian in Dakar, moved up to 54th in the general rankings after setting the 53rd fastest time in stage 5.
Riders will get a much needed rest day on Saturday, before the second half of the rally gets underway from Arequipa.
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|Drivers||CS Santosh , Aravind KP|
|Teams||Hero , Sherco Racing|