“I had a good feeling today with the bike and got into a good rhythm. The stage was fast with lot of sand and was quite dangerous. Towards the end of the stage I stopped for some time to help Mena with the refuelling. Lost some time there but it’s ok and I am happy to make it to finish line today. ”
Stage 6 : San Juan De Marcona, Peru
A good start to the second half of the Dakar for Hero MotoSports team Rally
The stage 6 kicked off today morning from the overnight bivouac of Camana with another 267km of liaison before it reached San Juan De Marcona.
Oriol Mena, who had also suffered a big crash during the stage 5, seemed determined to make it to the finish line today without another incident. He rode with caution today but ran out of fuel close to the finish line. His teammate, Joaquim Rodrigues, who wasn’t far behind, came to his help, and in the process, both lost some time. For Joaquim Rodrigues, the day started well as he rode with good rhythm and was poised for a good stage finish. Despite losing some time in helping out his teammate, he managed to climb up several positions today.
Oriol Mena finished the stage at 20th position and JRod at 21st position, thus bringing another stage home for the team.
”My aim was to gain my confidence again after the tough last stage we had. I am happy with the way I rode today, it was nice and smooth. But towards the end of the stage, I ran out of the fuel and had to stop. My teammate Joaquim helped me out with the refuelling and we made it across the finish line. So one more day gone and one day less to go.”
Provisional Stage 6 Results
|01||Pablo Quintanilla||Husqvarna Factory Racing||03h 50m 47s|
|02||Kevina Benavides||Honda Factor Racing||+01m 52s|
|03||Matthias Walkner||KTM Factory Racing||+04m 21s|
|20||Oriol Mena||Hero MotoSports Team Rally||+46m 59s|
|21||Joaquim Rodrigues||Hero MotoSports Team Rally||+49m 22s|
Provisional Overall Results
|01||Pablo Quintanilla||Husqvarna Factory Racing||20h 45m 13s|
|02||Ricky Brabec||Honda Factor Racing||+4m 38s|
|03||Toby Price||KTM Factory Racing||+05m 17s|
|13||Oriol Mena||Hero MotoSports Team Rally||+01h 25m 37s|
|20||Joaquim Rodrigues||Hero MotoSports Team Rally||+03h 24m 23s|