Dakar 2021 stage 2 threw sand and dunes today with a 228 km long connection and a 457 km long special on the rally from Bisha to Wadi Ad-Dawasir. It was a bad day for KTM: Matthias Walkner encountered mechanical problems and finished 46th. Place in the overall ranking. Toby Price fought today with the dune sections that came 32 minutes after the stage winner Joan Barreda Bort.
Honda recovered today with Joan Barreda winning the stage – his 25th. Stage win – and Ricky Brabec, who finished second and brought HRC firmly back into the lead. « Ten days left, there is still a lot of races to go. We just have to concentrate and finish every day without making any further mistakes, « said Brabec today.
Pablo Quintanilla was third with Ross Branch, the Kalahari Ferrari, right on his heels. American driver Andrew Short had to retire from the rally today after experiencing an irreparable mechanical problem. Skyler Howes is still fighting for KTM and finished eighth today.
The stage win of Original by Motul (formerly Malle Moto) goes to Arunas Gelazninkas today. Gelazninkas is a Lithuanian rider competing in his third Dakar, this time without assistance. In 2019 and 2020 Arunas reached the top 30 in the regular motorcycle class; This year he hopes to be the first Lithuanian rider to finish the Malle Moto class of the Dakar. With today’s stage win, he takes second place in the overall ranking of the Original by Motul class.
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