Matthias Walkner only finished 14th on the day on the second stage of the Dakar Rally in Saudi Arabia, but only lost one position in the overall standings. The 2018 Dakar winner is fourth, 4:08 minutes behind leader Sam Sunderland (GasGas). The fastest of the day was the Spanish Honda driver Joan Barreda Bort, Walkner lost around 14 minutes to the Spaniard after a minor navigation error.
“It was a pretty good day for me. I started third and had a good feeling. After the refueling stop, (Daniel, note) Sanders and (Pablo, note) Quintanilla made a navigation error. I stayed on their tracks, but then realized relatively quickly that I had to be wrong, ”said KTM driver Walkner, describing his day.
The pilots in front had lost more time. From a distance he could see Sunderland and Adrien van Beveren and drove with them to the finish line. “The loss of time is not a concern, we are extremely close and tomorrow my starting position will be a better one again. I start from further back and hope to be able to make up some time. “
Off for Petrucci
For Danilo Petrucci, the Dakar Rally is already over. The 31-year-old Italian and MotoGP rider was there for the first time, a technical defect after being ranked 13th the day before caused the end. The third stage leads from al-Artawija over 555 km to al-Kaisuma.
Dakar Rally 2022
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Dakar Rally: Walkner digests a small setback