The French secured the victory of the second stage, followed by the Himoinsa rider Gerard Farres, the Italian Alessandro Botturi (Yamaha), Juan Pedrero (Sherco TVS) and Ivan Cervantes (KTM) respectively 3rd, 4th and 5th of the provisional classification.
“It was an emotional start this morning”
“I have never opened the stage in the dunes before, so I’m really happy that I could manage the stress. The navigation was very difficult and you had to be careful to follow the road book. From km 100 I rode with Franco (Caimi). We helped each other a lot because team spirit is a priority in rally raid. This is not an individual sport”.
in the quad category the Russian Maksimov Aleksandr (Troyka Team) won the stage in front of Argentinian Jeremias Gonzalez, provisional leader of the overall and French Simon Vitse, second in the overall with Maksimov in third.
In the SxS category the winner of the SS1 #210 Medero-Martin opened the track in front of Rautenbach-Palmeiro, Labille-Niveveau, Henrichy –Bersey (winner of the 2016 edition) and Tonetti-Roman. At the end of the 188 km long stage it was Labille-Niveau who won the stage in front of Tonetti-Roman and Camelia Liparoti , 3rd at his debut in the SidebySide after 9 Dakar in quad. The provisional standing of the overall is: Labille-Niveau, Tonetti-Roman, Henrichy-Bersey.
Joel Labille (Motricity):
“The night stage yesterday was really original and we enjoyed a lot, even if it was even more difficult for the nagivation. Today is was a beautiful stage with 2-3 points of really complicated navigation”.