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Indian riders Joaquim Rodrigues, CS Santosh make steady start at Dakar 2017

CS Santosh and co-rider Joaquim Rodrigues had contrasting fortunes in the 39-km special stage as Hero MotoSports Team Rally made a good start at Dakar 2017.

other sports Updated: Jan 04, 2017 16:50 IST
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CS Santosh and co-rider Joaquim Rodrigues had contrasting fortunes in the 39-km special stage as Hero MotoSports Team Rally made a good start at Dakar 2017.(Hero Motorsports Team)

CS Santosh and co-rider Joaquim Rodrigues had contrasting fortunes in the 39-km special stage as Hero MotoSports Team Rally made a good start at Dakar 2017.

Rodrigues, who entered the first-time section in 27th place, made a blazing run to complete the 39-km stage in 29 minutes 42 seconds. He gained nine places in the provisional general classification to move up to 16th in the starting order.

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The Portuguese rider, who is making his Dakar debut, finished a place ahead of defending champion Toby Price, according to a release.

In contrast, Santosh decided not to take risks. Starting the stage in 42nd place, he slipped five places after completing the special with a total time of 32:45.

“Being the first stage of Dakar, I was pretty nervous. It took time to understand the kind of stage. There was a lot of water and lots of puddles and a few river crossings. So, it was an interesting stage. I didn’t really push because there is a long way to go,” said Santosh.

“I am happy how I did today and minimised the mistakes. I am looking forwards to tomorrow’s stage.”

Aravind KP, who made his debut at Dakar with Sherco TVS, was 63rd, after starting the rally at 77th position.