Dakar 2019, stage 6: Lead Sherco TVS rider crashes out

Dakar 2019, stage 6: Lead Sherco TVS rider crashes out
Rachit Thukral
By: Rachit Thukral
Jan 14, 2019, 6:01 AM

Sherco TVS’ lead runner Lorenzo Santolino became the latest rider to become a victim of the gruelling Dakar rally as he suffered a huge shunt in stage 6.

Santolino fell off his RTR 450 bike during Sunday’s 336 km special between Arequipa and San Juan de Marcona and required assistance of fellow riders and medics. He had to be transferred to Lima’s hospital, where he was reported to be conscious.

The crash brought an end to Santolino’s stellar debut in the world’s toughest cross-country rally. The Spanish rider had got himself up to 11th in the standings after setting the fourth fastest time in stage 5.

After Santolino’s crash, India’s Aravind KP finished as the top rider for Sherco TVS on Sunday, ending up 44th in the stage classifications. That result moves him to 48th in the overall order, but still behind teammates Adrien Metge and Michael Metge.

Adrien sits 33rd in the overall classifications, three places ahead of brother Michael, after both endured a difficult stage 6.

#7 HERO Motorsports Team Rally: Oriol Mena

#7 HERO Motorsports Team Rally: Oriol Mena

Photo by: Hero MotoSports Team Rally

Hero inside top 25

Hero riders had their own issues at the start of the second half of Dakar, with Oriol Mena running out of fuel closer to the end of the stage.

Teammate Joaquim Rodrigues stopped to give him a helping hand and both were able to finish the stage successfully.

Mena was classified 20th, while Rodrigues dropped down to 30th position after being hit with a massive 41-minute penalty.

The two riders occupy 13th and 25th position respectively in the general classifications with four stages still to go.

Hero's down to just two riders in Dakar after CS Santosh crashed out of stage 5.

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Series Dakar
Event Dakar
Drivers Aravind KP , Lorenzo Santolino
Teams Hero , Sherco Racing
Author Rachit Thukral