The sixth stage of Dakar 2018 saw the teams leave behind the treacherous deserts of Peru and scale the altitudes of Bolivia, grazing past the famous Lake Titicaca. Covering a stretch of 760 kilometers from Arequipa (Peru) to La Paz (Bolivia), the special stage consisted of 313 kilometers.
Sherco TVS Factory Rally Team’s Joan Pedrero fared well in the stage despite the challenges and finished at an impressive 16th position. With this pace, the Sherco TVS Factory Rally team’s lead racer has jumped up to 15th position in the overall rankings.
Commenting on his performance Joan Pedrero said, “I am very happy to be back on track in Bolivian territory. I feel good and for me, the race starts now. I am going to attack as much as possible and make up some places. It was very difficult in Peru, but now we have returned to Bolivia and I will be able to give it my best!”
Medical Update on Aravind KP
Aravind KP, who had to retire at the end of the sixth stage due to an injury is stable and undergoing medical treatment. “Post yesterday’s crash, I am feeling better now after getting medical attention. I would like to thank all my fans and well-wishers for their love and support all through Dakar. The doctors in Lima have informed me that I will require surgery once back in India. So, I am focused on staying positive and recovering quickly so that I can get back on the bike quickly,” he said.
Rankings for Stage 6: Joan Pedrero – 16th
After enduring Deserts and altitudes of over 4,722 metres above sea level in a single stage, the riders gets well-deserved rest day in La Paz today. The seventh stage will kick-off on the January 13, 2018, from La Paz to Uyuni.