Unfortunate crash leads to the exit of Lorenzo Santolino
Aravind KP shows grit to finish stage & continues to climb up the rankings
Pune, January 16, 2019: After a day’s rest, Stage 6 kicked off from Arequipa to San Juan De Marcona and the Sherco TVS Rally Factory team continued their steady progress. The team rode through 4 tricky sand dune sectors amidst intense heat and complex navigation. 33km into the special, the fastest rider of the team, Lorenzo Santolino suffered a major crash and had to be evacuated by the medical team. He is undergoing treatment in Lima and is out of danger.
Indian rider Aravind KP continues to ride with grit and is clinching every opportunity to improve his ranking. He has moved to 48th position overall at the end of Stage 6. Despite complicated navigation and issues with the roadbook, Aravind kept his cool to ride carefully and get to the end of the stage. Adrien Metge had a challenging Stage 6 facing mechanical issues but was assisted by his brother Michael to help complete the stage. Adrien secured 33rd position (overall) at the end of the sixth stage, while Michael secured 36th position (overall).
Commenting on this stage, David Casteu says, “It was a challenging day for us. Our fastest rider Lorenzo is out of the rally, which is a setback for the team. He showed great promise in the first half of the rally and was the fastest beating even experienced riders. We wish him a speedy recovery. I am confident that our other three riders – Adrien, Michael, and Aravind will be able to get a good finish for the team. The crew is ready to support them in all possible ways for the challenges that lie ahead.”
Aravind KP says, “I had a good start to the stage with good rhythm on my motorcycle. But soon the roadbook machine on my motorcycle stopped working and so I had to scroll manually. This broke my rhythm and I had a few minor crashes. It was a challenging day for sure but I am glad to have this stage in the bag.”
The seventh stage will be within San Juan De Marcona, where the riders will ride 387km, out of which 323km is special.
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