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Dakar 2022: Harith Noah retires on Stage 10 | Autocar India

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Revealed On Jan 13, 2022 11:27:00 AM

Noah can nonetheless proceed beneath the Dakar Expertise class, however with a heavy penalty.

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In the meantime, each Hero MotoSports riders nonetheless maintain on to their positions within the total high 20.

The one Indian rider on the 2022 Dakar Rally, Harith Noah, needed to pull out on Stage 10 after his RTR 450 rally bike was struck down with mechanical points. However this isn’t the top of his Dakar journey but. Learn on to seek out out why.

  • Yamaha’s Van Beveren takes bikes lead
  • Al-Attiyah continues to steer in vehicles class

Mechanical woes for Harith Noah

Harith Noah went into the 2022 Dakar Rally on the again of a record-setting 2021 version that noticed him change into the one Indian rider to complete the occasion within the high 20. Using for the Sherco manufacturing facility staff, he showcased good consistency this 12 months within the face of a number of obstacles.

He’d been nursing a shoulder damage since crashing on Stage 4. To additional add to that, he additionally discovered that he’s been driving with fractured ribs since Stage 7, the place a rock hit him within the chest. Stage 9 was significantly tough as he misplaced his bike’s rear brake early on. Whereas he completed 31st on highway, the staff elected to vary his engine and tackle a 15min penalty. This positioned him 27th within the total standings.

However the technical woes returned simply 35km into Stage 10, and this time Noah needed to pull out and was flown again to the bivouac. Nevertheless, he can proceed his journey beneath the Dakar Expertise class, although he’ll be out of rivalry for total victory because the ensuing penalty drops him to 115th total. However he’ll have the ability to combat for particular person stage ranks within the remaining two phases.

Hero MotoSports stay in high 20

Stage 10 was one of many quickest phases on this 12 months’s version. It was a very emotional day for the Hero MotoSports squad because it marked two years since their star rider Paulo Goncalves tragically misplaced his life whereas competing at Dakar.

Joaquim Rodrigues admitted that he had a tricky time staying targeted. He was capable of full the stage in 14th place however dropped right down to 31st after incurring a penalty for lacking a waypoint. Aaron Mare loved an error-free stage to complete 14th.

Each riders stay within the total high 20, with Rodrigues holding on to 15th place and Mare gaining a place to maneuver as much as 16th.

Worth, Peterhansel win Stage 10

KTM rider Toby Worth took his first win this 12 months. He’d earlier received Stage 5 on the highway, however was penalised for rushing. His teammate and reigning Dakar champion Kevin Benavides needed to retire as a result of a mechanical downside.

Yamaha’s Adrien van Beveren now takes the lead within the bikes class, as GasGas’ Sam Sunderland struggled and will solely full the stage in 17th place. Honda rider Pablo Quintanilla strikes as much as second total, simply over 5 minutes behind van Beveren.

Within the vehicles class, Stephane Peterhansel handed Audi their third stage victory. The staff scored a 1-2 end, with Carlos Sainz securing the second quickest time. Sebastien Loeb completed two locations forward of Nasser Al-Attiyah to additional slash the latter’s lead. However Al-Attiyah nonetheless holds a hefty 32 min 40sec benefit heading into the ultimate two phases.

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