Lorenzo Santolino finished 5th on the second day!
On the first long special the team had an excellent performance. Serious racing started today: 333 km of special and 181 km of liaison on a loop that started in Hail that was made up of 80% sand. Action!
Lorenzo Santolino finished 5th in stage 1B. Full of confidence after a more restrained prologue the day before, he turned in a very good performance. While in control over the 333 kilometers of the day’s special, he navigated well, made judicious decisions, and brought his motorcycle back to the bivouac in perfect condition this evening. He is 6th in the provisional classification. A great start to the rally!
It was a day with a lot of frustration for Rui Goncalves. He was the victim of a clogged fuel pre-filter, he had to stop and lost precious time at the start of the race (km 80). He was able to make repairs but conceded more than 2 hours at the finish line in Hail.
Harith Noah was much more relaxed than on the day before, due to overconfidence. He fell and returned to the bivouac with a crumpled motorcycle. The mechanics will work tonight to put his new 450 SEF Rally back as new for the start of stage 2.
It’s cold at this 2022 Dakar but morale remains high under the tents of the Sherco Factory Rally team. Despite Rui’s mishap today, the team is looking up and getting ready for the next day of racing.
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