San Juan De Marcona,Peru, January 9, 2019.

The first full stage of the Dakar kicked off from Pisco, taking the Rally all the way to San Juan De Marcona over a total distance of 552 km, including a 342 km long special. The cars started the stage followed by the Bikes.

It was a challenging, yet positive day for Hero MotoSports Team Rally as all three of its riders successfully completed the second stage of the Dakar Rally 2019.

Continuing his good run, Oriol Mena was the first one to head out and brought home a solid 17th place finish. In overall standings, he is at 16th position at the end of stage 2. In a fast stage that offered a mix of hard piste, dunes and some seaside riding as well, Mena tackled all of it with ease.

Joaquim Rodrigues and C S Santosh met with some difficulties during the stage, with both having to deal with technical glitches. JRod had to stop and attend to a fuel issue and lost some time there, while Santosh also had to ride with caution in the second part of the stage sensing some trouble with his clutch. JRod and Santosh finished the stage 2 in 34th and 37th position respectively. In the overall standings, JRodis atthe 32nd spot while Santosh is at the 33rd position.

Overall, a very well tackled stage by Hero MotoSports riders, even with the technical glitches troubling them, to ensure 100% arrival of the team across the finish line today.

In stage 3, the rally will move to Arequipa for an even longer stage of 799 km, including a 331 km long special section, subjecting the competitors to more challenging dunes.

C.S Santosh (Comp No: 50):“Day 2 started really wellfor me and I had a good rhythm going for the first 80-90 kms. Then on, I started sensing some trouble with my clutch, and decided to ease off to make it to the finish line safely. Had a good stage and now we fix the glitch and go racing again in next stage.”

Oriol Mena (Comp No: 7):“It was a really good stage for me. Day 2 had a mix of hard piste, dunes and some seaside as well, so it was interesting to ride. It was a crazy fast stage but I felt good today and the bike performed perfect. So, another day in the bag and that’s what matters for me.”

Joaquim Rodrigues (Comp No: 27): “I started the stage well but soon I developed a fuel issue. I had to stop to fix that and somehow make it to the refueling point. I lost a lot of time in the process. After making it to the refueling point, I pushed hard, got into a good rhythm and made up some time as well. Overall, I am happy to finish the stage and look forward to Day 3.”