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Dakar Rally 2018: Stage 8 round-up

Dakar Rally 2018: Stage 8 round-up

Sounak Mullick

Published: 16 Jan 2018 4:51 AM GMT
The action-packed 2018 Dakar Rally is in its full swing in South America as we approach the end of the eighth round of the competition. Among the most notable performances, Toby Price moved into the top four and gained a lot of time on the leaders and placed him comfortably to take control in the final five stages. KTM driver Antoine Meo had the better of Honda's Ricky Brabec to win the test. Price was the third fastest of the latest stage of the competition and he pulled six minutes back on the race leader Adrien Van Beveren to move to fourth overall. Price said, 'It's been a really long marathon stage ' yesterday was 430km and today was 490km ' the two longest of the event,' 'All-in-all, I'm feeling good and the bike is awesome. I know the stages in Argentina are going to be tough and there are still a lot of kilometres to cover, but I'm in a good position and not had any issues.The idea is to just stay focused and keep doing what we've been doing,' added Price Last year's winner Stephanie Peterhansel started his campaign on a high after defeating Peugeot teammate Cyril Despres to top stage eight with Carlos Sainz maintaining his lead. Peterhansel was in a disadvantageous position on Saturday after he was affected by a two and a half hours delay with suspension damage. The following day, he made up his lost time after recording his second stage win of this year's Dakar on the 309-mile special between Bolivian cities of Uyuni and Tupiza. Image result for stephane peterhansel
In the motorcycle category, Antoine Meo was in red-hot form, taking advantage if his low position in the starting order to make a big difference overall. Meo had to work until the end to win the race as Brabec was neck to neck with the Frenchman. 'I went flat-out from the start. I wanted to gain six or seven minutes on the leaders and I'm happy with what I did today because I pushed to the limit. I stopped for two minutes to help (Pablo) Quintanilla, whose chain had come off. I fell at km 400, but both my bike and I are fine,' said Meo. Veteran Peterhansel and his teammate Cyril Despres eased to a dominant 1-2 on the stage which was a vast improvement from the previous day where they were halted for several hours for rebuilding Peterhansel's car. 'I'm not back in the game because we're talking hours of time difference and I just got a few minutes back,' Peterhansel said. It's a pity that tomorrow's stage has been canceled because we needed every opportunity we could get our hands on ...,' Peterhansel said. The overall leader is Sainz, who finished the stage down in fifth, who was seven minutes off Peterhansel but cautiously keeping the aim on the finishing line in Cordoba later this week. 'We have to be strong on all terrains. Every day we make it to the finish is a good day. Everything is going fine, we have to stay focused,' said Sainz. This is the 40th edition of the Dakar Rally which started on January 6 and ends on the 20th of the same after 14 stages of the competition. This is the 10th successive year that the event is being hosted in South America. It started in Lima, the capital of Peru, and will run through Argentina and Bolivia and end in Cordoba, Argentina.
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