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Dakar Rally | Riders find the going tough

Making the best of it: The best rider for Hero MotoSports Team, Sebastian Buhler is 22nd overall as per the provisional rankings.

Making the best of it: The best rider for Hero MotoSports Team, Sebastian Buhler is 22nd overall as per the provisional rankings.  

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Sebastian Buhler has a consistent run

Dakar Rally continues to be a tough puzzle to crack for most of the riders for the third successive day here on Tuesday.

Not just the dust and rocky terrains, the navigation proved to be tricky for everyone as a particular waypoint created a lot of confusion for the riders, and many riders lost time looking for the way. The Hero MotoSports Team Rally riders, too, found the going quite difficult, but they seem to be getting the hang of it.

The best rider for Hero turned out to be Sebastian Buhler. He had a really consistent run to finish on 26th position in the stage and 22nd overall as per the provisional rankings.

The best rider for Hero the other day, Paulo Goncalves had a technical issue. He stopped at the 30th km as the bike didn’t start that forced him to spend around five hours to sort out the issue. At the time of filing report, it is learnt that he hasn’t finished the race.

C.S. Santosh braved a wrist injury and tough conditions to finish 51st. Joaquim Rodrigues whose results won’t have any bearing on the overall results, rode without any pressure to finish 17th. Buhler was quite happy with his finish. “I enjoyed today’s race a lot. It has a very fast nice tracks and the bike was also running perfectly. At around 400km, there was a waypoint that was very difficult to find. A lot of riders got confused and lost time. I think I am riding good and hope to continue in the same way.”

Santosh said he was hopeful of finding a good rhythm in the coming days. “Today was a long stage full of dust. There were mini-canyons that were really dusty but after that the track really opened up and I got into a good rhythm.I made a few mistakes but happy to make it to the finish.”

The Stage four on Wednesday is not going to easy as riders have to negotiate 453 km offering equal parts of sandy stretches and gravel.

(The writer is in Saudi Arabia on the invitation of Hero MotoCorp).

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