DAKAR 2019

Stage 5 : Arequipa, Peru

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Oriol Mena, Joaquim Rodrigues post gritty performances

The stage 5 of Dakar 2019 turned out to be an extremely tough and dangerous day for the competitors claiming its fair share of casualties. For Hero MotoSports Team Rally, it was an emotional day as the news of crashes kept coming out from the stage. The first casualty for the team came in the form of rider C S Santosh, who suffered a nasty crash between the waypoint 4 and 5, rendering him incapable of pursuing the stage further. Oriol Mena and Joaquim Rodrigues also had a rough day out with both crashing once in the stage.

Jrod

"It was an extremely tough and dangerous stage today with a lot of fesh-fesh and hidden away stones. The dunes were also very difficult to cross. One of them was so big that I had to go up and down a few times to gain enough momentum and even then I barely made it to the top. I also crashed twice and hurt my shoulder a bit but managed to pick my bike up and ride it to the finish line. I am really sorry about Santosh’s crash, it was just one of those stages where keeping yourself safe was a full task in itself. I am glad to know that he is ok and wish him a fast recovery. "

JROD
JROD
Jrod

“The beginning was really nice and easy with comfortable riding. But then at around 268km I think I hit a stone and had a massive crash. But it’s the Dakar and these things happen. Most important this is that I am ok and happy to be back with the team. Really sad to hear about Santosh crashing out. Important thing is that he is ok and I wish him a speedy recovery.”

Jrod

JROD

Provisional Stage 5 Results

POS NAME TEAM TIMING
01 Sam SunderlandKTM Factory Racing 04h 11m 48s
01Xavier De SoultriatYamaha Factor Racing +03m 23s
01Lorenzo SantolinoTVS Sherco Racing +04m 00s
16Oriol MenaHero MotoSports Team Rally +12m 59s
18Joaquim RodriguesHero MotoSports Team Rally +13m 48s
C S SantoshHero MotoSports Team Rally DNF

Provisional Overall Results

POS NAME TEAM TIMING
01Ricky Brabec Honda Factory Racing 16h 51m 34s
02Sam SunderlandKTM Factory Racing+59s
03Pablo Quintanilla Husqvarna Factory Racing+02m 52s
12Oriol MenaHero MotoSports Team Rally +41m 30s
28Joaquim RodriguesHero MotoSports Team Rally +02h 37m 53s
C S SantoshHero MotoSports Team Rally DNF