“This is an emotional moment for me. I wanted to come here and finish what I could not last year. I started this Dakar and finished it in the same special that I crashed in last year, Isn’t that something. I am so relieved to finish this time and win this battle of my life. I want to thank all of my team as they always stayed behind me, even when I was at my lowest and there were chances."
Stage 10 : Pisco , Peru
Hero MotoSports Team Rally secures their second Top 10 finish at the Dakar 2019
For Hero MotoSports Team Rally, it marked a glorious day as the team secured its second back to back Top 10 finish at the Dakar Rally and a 100% arrival without any technical failure 3rd time in a row. On a technical level, the bikes have performed with absolute reliability, giving the riders supreme confidence and an extra edge, even over some of the other more experienced factory teams.
Today’s stage was all about bringing the bike home safely across the finish line at Pisco, which was achieved perfectly by Joaquim Rodrigues and Oriol Mena as they finished the stage in 12th and 17th positions respectively. At an overall level, today’s stage results, place Oriol Mena at 9th position and JRod at 17th position in the final standings of the Dakar 2019, bringing in a Top 10 and a Top 20 finish in the toughest rally race on the planet.
"What a Dakar this has been. Lots of ups and downs, even till the very last stage it was quite tough. I am very happy with my performance overall and happy to bring in another Dakar for Hero MotoSports Team Rally. I think it was a better Dakar for me this time. Really happy that I could finish in the top 10 again. My team and my bike has supported me throughout and I want to thank all of them from my heart. This moment is very emotional for me.”
Provisional Stage 10 Results
|01||Toby Price||KTM Factory Racing||01h 14m 01s|
|02||Ignacio Jose Cornejo||Honda Factory Racing||+02m 21s|
|03||Matthias Walkner||KTM Factory Racing||+02m 38s|
|12||Joaquim Rodrigues||Hero MotoSports Team Rally||+13m 55s|
|17||Oriol Mena||Hero MotoSports Team Rally||+16m 21s|
Provisional Overall Results
|01||Toby Price||KTM Factory Racing||35h 57m 16s|
|02||Matthias Walkner||KTM Factory Racing||+09m 13s|
|03||Sam Sunderland||KTM Factory Racing||+13m 34s|
|09||Oriol Mena||Hero MotoSports Team Rally||+02h 08m 41s|
|17||Joaquim Rodrigues||Hero MotoSports Team Rally||+05h 21m 19s|