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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.

Oriol Mena tackling the dunes on day 2
Oriol Mena tackling the dunes on day 2

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:

Moto category

  1. Joan Barreda Bort      Honda Racing                        06h 12m 27s
  2. Kevin Benavides         Honda Racing                        +03m 36s
  3. Pablo Quintanilla       Husqvarna Racing                +04m 53s

19.Oriol Mena                 Hero MotoSports                 +01h 31m 47s

21.C S Santosh                Hero MotoSports                +01h 55m 22s

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