Dakar 2017, Stage 1: Santosh ends lead Indian rider, TVS Sherco's Pedrero is P2
Hero MotoSports Rally team's CS Santosh finished as the lead Indian rider in the opening stage of the 2017 Dakar Rally, while TVS Sherco's Joan Pedrero enjoyed the day ending up second overall.
The opening loop between Paraguay capital of Asuncion to Argentine city of Resistencia on Monday covered a total of 454km, with only 39km as timed section.
Riding the Hero Speedbrain 450 bike, Santosh clocked a time of 32m45s finishing 47th, a mere 0.03s behind the two KTM riders David Pabiska (45th) and Alessandro Ruoso (46th).
Meanwhile, teammate Joaquim Rodriques was over three minutes ahead of Santosh ending up 16th overall with a time of 29m42s, just 1m22s behind leader Xavier de Soultrait in the Yamaha.
Over at TVS Sherco, Spanish rider Pedrero had a strong start to his day on the 450 RTR, finishing second to de Soultrait - the duo separated by a mere 0.02s.
On his Dakar debut, Aravind KP completed his first stage at 63rd with a total time of 34m17s, and was 0.06s behind 61st placed Toomas Triisa in the Husqvarna.
The Indo-French collaboration's third rider, Adrien Metge, ended up down the order at 128th place among the 142 finishers.
UPDATE: A penalty to de Soultrait put TVS Sherco's Pedrero on top of the standings in Stage 1.
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