Merzouga Rally 2018 Day 2: 21st place for C S Santosh in overall standings
Hero MotoSports riders C S Santosh and Oriol Mena finished the second stage of the Merzouga Rally in 25th and 28th positions respectively. Overall, Oriol Mena is placed 19th, while C S Santosh is in 21st position. Sherco TVS riders Pedrero, Martin and Santilino finished the second stage in eighth, ninth and tenth positions, while team mate Vanni Cominotto finished in 24th position respectively.
The initial stages on day 2 of the rally saw Mena ride without any hiccups, but in the later part of the stage, he encountered an electrical snag on his bike and lost precious time. Displaying an example of sportsmanship yet again, team mate C S Santosh, who was behind Mena, stopped over and extended support till Mena’s bike was up and running. Santosh had a decent run, without any hiccups in this stage.
The second day of the Merzouga Rally saw the competitors cover 175.3km, again consisting of two loops, one in north and the other in south. This section presented a mix of fast tracks and dunes providing navigational challenges and it turned out to be a physically demanding stage. Competitors who had no difficulties tackling this terrain must be at ease for the next two days, as the next two stages are expected to be a little less demanding.
Here are the overall standings at the end of stage 2:
- Joan Barreda Bort Honda Racing 06h 12m 27s
- Kevin Benavides Honda Racing +03m 36s
- Pablo Quintanilla Husqvarna Racing +04m 53s
19.Oriol Mena Hero MotoSports +01h 31m 47s
21.C S Santosh Hero MotoSports +01h 55m 22s