The X-raid Yamaha Supported Staff crews overcame adversity throughout a difficult second stage on the Dakar Rally, with all six YXZ1000R Turbo Prototypes managing to finish the particular regardless of every SSV struggling quite a few punctures within the Saudi Arabia.
Stage 2 on the forty fifth version of the Dakar proved to be one of the demanding in current reminiscence, as in a single day rain made the already tough rocky trails much more treacherous by eradicating the sand and exposing harmful, sharp stones. After leaving the Yanbu Sea Camp for the primary time through the rally, a 159km liaison was adopted by a 430km particular stage that proved punishing to tyres and drivers alike earlier than the crews completed on the bivouac in Alula.
It turned out to be a stage of attrition, with every of the crews affected by a number of punctures and having to hold out operating repairs to succeed in the end line, with the main target shifting from racing to surviving and ending the particular with out shedding an excessive amount of time.
Reigning T3 Girls’s Trophy holders Annett Fischer (DEU) and Annie Seel (SWE) used the additional energy of the brand new X-raid developed Yamaha YXZ1000R Turbo Prototype to make up time after struggling two punctures to complete the stage in twenty sixth place. The pairing, racing of their second consecutive Dakar collectively, accomplished the stage in seven hours, 38 minutes and 22 seconds, which noticed them transfer as much as nineteenth within the normal classification, two hours, 42 minutes, and three seconds behind the leaders because the quickest all-female crew.
Dakar Legend Camelia Liparoti (ITA) and co-driver Xavier Blanco used all of their expertise to complete simply over 4 minutes behind their teammates, finishing the stage in seven hours, 42 minutes, and 28 seconds to safe twenty seventh on the particular and transferring to twenty third within the total standings.
Following on from his very good drive to fifth throughout Stage 1, the Chilean duo of Ignacio Casales and Alvaro Leon have been subsequent in twenty ninth place, reaching the end line in seven hours, 50 minutes and 49 seconds, regardless of affected by an unbelievable eight punctures through the day. They continue to be the main YXZ1000R Turbo Prototype in sixteenth within the normal classification, simply two hours, 14 minutes and 53 seconds behind the general leaders.
Competing of their first Dakar collectively, Ahmed Alkuwari Fahad (QAT) and Manuel Lucchese (ITA) introduced their SSV residence in thirty sixth with a time of eight hours, 41 minutes, and 58 seconds to safe twenty sixth within the normal classification.
Dakar rookie João Ferreira (PRT) advert co-driver Filipe Palmeiro (PRT) returned to the bivouac in forty first place after 9 hours, 51 minutes, and ten seconds to say thirty third total, whereas the pairing of Ricardo Porém (PRT) and Augusto Sanz (ARG) completed in forty second with a time of 9 hours, 54 minutes, and 47 seconds, which sees them full the stage thirtieth within the normal classification.
There isn’t a let up for the X-raid Yamaha Supported Staff crews, as Stage 3 guarantees to be simply as onerous. Kicking off with a 61km liaison, they then face a 447km particular stage that options extra rocks and gentle sand earlier than one other liaison, this time 162km, to the bivouac in Ha’il.
Yamaha Motor Europe ROV Racing Coordinator
“I’m pleased with myself, my co-driver and all of the crews, to be trustworthy, as a result of it was an extremely robust stage. Not solely did everybody keep targeted, however in addition they confirmed very good willpower and fortitude to all end the stage. That must be one of many hardest specials I’ve pushed within the Dakar Rally, but all of us managed to complete. Right now was a kind of days the place it could have been very simple to lose the race, however there was not a lot to achieve, so it was about surviving, and all of us made it again to the bivouac. The subsequent few phases is not going to be any simpler, however we really feel prepared for something after right this moment.”
Dakar Rally 2023
Stage 2 Outcomes
26. A.Fischer & A.Seel 07:38:22 +02:03:57
27. C.Liparoti & X.Blanco 07:42:28 +02:03:57
29. I.Casale & A.Leon 07:50:49 +02:12:18
36. A.Alkuwari Fahad & M.Lucchese 08:41:58 +03:03:27
41. J.Ferreira & F.Palmeiro 09:51:10 +:04:12:39
42. R.Porém & A.Sanz 09:54:57 +04:16:16
16. I.Casale & A.Leon 11:52:29 +02:14:53
19. A.Fischer & A.Seel 12:19:39 +02:42:03
23. C.Liparoti & X.Blanco 12:44:33 +03:06:57
26. A.Alkuwari Fahad & M.Lucchese 13:02:21 +03:24:45
30. R.Porém & A.Sanz 14:12:40 +04:35:04
33. J.Ferreira & F.Palmeiro 14:14:33 +04:36:57