Bike champion Sunderland out of Dakar Rally

Bike champion Sunderland out of Dakar Rally

The Sherco TVS Factory Rally team rider was placed 44th after the fourth stage.

With the canyons showing up in stage 4, stage 5 will see the racers move towards Arequipa from San Juan de Marcona in Peru. This is the second injury pull out for Sherco TVS after Adrien Metge withdrew pulled out with a broken leg during stage 2. After this sprint along the beach, the competitors were challenged to tackle one of the longest sandy section ever in the history of the Dakar, a total of 100 kms with dunes of all sizes making up a total stage run of 444km including the special stage of 330 kms.

Hero MotoSports Team Rallys debutant Oriol Mena continued his fine form of yesterday to begin the stage well but lost some time in finding a way point in the later part of the stage.

2017 champion and overnight race leader Sam Sunderland suffered a dramatic exit to the race toward the end of the stage as he was evacuated by helicopter from the route.

Al-Rajhi, out of contention for overall honours following his early collision with teammate Boris Garafulic, threatened to give X-raid's new buggy its first stage win, but was delayed by half an hour through the final waypoints. There was no word on whether the former Porto, Chelsea and Tottenham coach was staying in the competition.

For 2018 the team have brought in a new vehicle in the form of the Mini John Cooper Works Buggy and after the second day of action, the Finn is sitting in seventh position, just behind Team Peugeot Total driver Carlos Sainz Sr. Honda rider Kevin Benavides of Argentina is 1 minute behind Van Beveren after five stages.

With the WRC legend ruled out, his Peugeot teammates Peterhansel and Carlos Sainz were left standing as the two frontrunners in the auto class, and it was the former who bolstered his chances with a strong time through Wednesday's test.

Ten Brinke finished Stage 5 third, only 4m32s behind Peterhansel. We lost pressure in one of the tyres. The temperature will drop sharply with there is also possibility of heavy rain.

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