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On the Dakar, comes a time when competitors like to change categories. Champions like Stephane Peterhansel or Cyril Despres have switched from two to four wheels after multiple triumphs. This year the trend seems to be going from quad to SxS cars. It’ll indeed be the case for the last two ATV winners of the Dakar, Sergei Karyakin and Ignacio Casale. The first mentioned isn’t a newcomer in the world of SxS vehicles. The Russian has already been competing in a Can Am Maverick for a few years now and already considered driving one last year on the Dakar before eventually deciding to defend his quad title… vainly after a crash on day 5! As soon as his first debut in his new class, Karyakin appears to already be one of the favourites. This year he conquered the win at the Silk Way Rally and the Morocco Rally. The 27-year-old who fully recovered from the broken arm he sustained last year will be driving alongside his childhood friend Anton Vlasiuk and has one goal in mind: a second success on the Dakar.
“The difficulties will come gradually in the many dunes we’ll have to take on. We expect a fantastic test. The sands of Peru weren’t kind to me last year and that’s why we prepared even more. I understood my mistakes and hope the lesson is learnt. We were able to test the car in the best possible way and really hope to do well on the Dakar. Anton and I have been driving together since we were kids. He’s a very professional navigator. We have our own tactic: never start too quickly and gain ground all along the course. We have one task ahead of us on the Dakar: victory.”
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Sergey Karyakin is fighting to finish the special after doing a barrel roll earlier today. The Russian, who started the stage in second place overall, is back on his way and went through CP1 with a deficit of 3 h 16.
What a bad day for the second driver overall, Sergey Karyakin. The Russian did several barrel rolls at km 71 of the special, and we are hearing reports that the running gear of his BRP SxS has detached. It looks like game over for him!
Sergey Karyakin continues to improve his performance with is first victory in an SxS. The Russian did not leave a chance to Rodrigo Moreno (who finished 14’26 behind) and took advantage of Chaleco López’s misfortunes to take over the lead in the general standings.
Sergey Karyakin is perhaps on his way to a first victory in the SxS category. The former winner in the quad category has just taken the stage lead, 54 seconds ahead of the 2018 winner Reinaldo Varela. Gerard Farrès, who won yesterday, trails by 6’43.
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