C Santosh battles through hand injury, Paulo Goncalves finishes 12th as Hero Team endures tough second stage at Dakar rally

A hand injury prevented Indian racing ace C Santosh going full throttle while Paulo Goncalves finished 12th as Hero MotoSports Team Rally just about managed to negotiate safely the second stage of Dakar Rally.

Press Trust of India January 06, 2020 21:24:46 IST
C Santosh battles through hand injury, Paulo Goncalves finishes 12th as Hero Team endures tough second stage at Dakar rally
  • A hand injury prevented Indian racing ace C Santosh going full throttle while Paulo Goncalves finished 12th as Hero MotoSports Team Rally just about managed to negotiate safely the second stage of Dakar Rally

  • The stage two took the competitors from Al Wajh to Neom for a special stage of 367 kilometres

  • It was a trial for the competitors with more rocky terrain and a lot of dust

Neom: A hand injury prevented Indian racing ace C Santosh going full throttle while Paulo Goncalves finished 12th as Hero MotoSports Team Rally just about managed to negotiate safely the second stage of Dakar Rally.

C Santosh battles through hand injury Paulo Goncalves finishes 12th as Hero Team endures tough second stage at Dakar rally

CS Santosh in action during the Dakar Rally. Twitter @hero_motosports

The stage two took the competitors from Al Wajh to Neom for a special stage of 367 kilometres. It was a trial for the competitors with more rocky terrain and a lot of dust.

Goncalves rode steadily with an aim to get his bike to the finish without any damages or technical issues. He finished the stage in 12th position and 14th in the overall standings at the end of stage 2.

It was the super marathon stage today for Paulo, being an elite rider. This meant that he got only 10 minutes to work on his bike before depositing it in the Parc Ferme for the second part of the Super Marathon stage, tomorrow.

Sebastian Buhler got home fighting through the dust and technical rocky sections to finish the stage in 21st and overall in 25th place.

Santosh, nursing a hand injury from Sunday's crash had to bear the brunt of the rocky sections, impacting his ability to ride fast. Battling through the pain and his impaired ability to hold the bike, he managed a 53rd place finish and 48th place in the overall rankings.

Joaquim Rodrigues, re-started on Monday at the end of the entire starting line. As a result, he rode in the dust for the entire stage but managed to bring the bike home in 48th position. His overall results will not be counted under the wild card regulations.

In stage 3 scheduled for tomorrow, the Rally will do one more loop around the city of Neom covering 404 kms as a part of the special stage, including the highest section of the Dakar 2020 at an altitude of 1400m.

"It was a really difficult day for me with all this pain in my hand from yesterday's crash. The stage was really rocky and all the impact was coming onto my hand making it really difficult to hold the bike. I will get this checked now and hopefully will have a better stage tomorrow," Santosh said.

Paulo Goncalves (Comp No 8) said, "I tried to ride safe today especially this being the marathon stage but I have a good feeling with the bike so we are in a good place at the moment. I will try to increase my pace day by day without making mistakes to get the team to a good finish."

Updated Date:

also read

Umesh Yadav hopeful of playing WTC final, says he can mostly pull his body for another 2-3 years
First Cricket News

Umesh Yadav hopeful of playing WTC final, says he can mostly pull his body for another 2-3 years

India pacer Umesh Yadav says he can "mostly pull his body for another two to three years" and wants to make a match-winning contribution in the World Test Championship final against New Zealand in June.

BCCI president Sourav Ganguly, secretary Jay Shah to remain in office for two more weeks as SC adjourns matter
First Cricket News

BCCI president Sourav Ganguly, secretary Jay Shah to remain in office for two more weeks as SC adjourns matter

Ganguly and Shah completed their terms in mid of 2020 but have continued to sit in the chair as SC is yet to hear the case.

Inclusivity in gaming: Are events for the disabled really the solution?
Sports

Inclusivity in gaming: Are events for the disabled really the solution?

Given the nature of eSports and the fact that it is often considered an equaliser in terms of physical abilities, should there be separation within eSports at all?