The Dakar Rally’s race organizers final evening took the choice to annul the twelfth stage for bikes, citing security causes. At this time, riders headed on to the bivouac on the El Zonda pace circuit in San Juan.
Yesterday evening, within the Fiambalá camp, race authorities made it know that the primary a part of in the present day’s particular had been cancelled for security causes. The helicopters guaranteeing the rally’s safety had been unable to take off because of heavy early morning fog. Furthermore river-crossings had been deemed to be harmful after rains had flooded rivers which might have posed huge difficulties for the bike riders to cross. As a consequence, rivals had been to dispute solely the second part after the hyperlink to Chilecito after which Part B. After granting a beneficiant hyperlink time from Fiambalá to Chilecito – coinciding with the vehicles – it was then determined to postpone the beginning of the bike race till an hour after the departure of the vehicles. This information roused passions amongst some riders and the group lastly opted for a complete cancellation of the stage for each bikes and quads. The modified plan would have seen bikers attempting to outrun vehicles in clouds of mud on closely damaged observe. The riders ended up taking the identical route as the help autos to the El Zonda circuit bivouac situated in San Juan.
The final standings thus stay the identical as yesterday’s with Purple Bull KTM rider Matthias Walkner 32 minutes forward of Monster Vitality HRC’s Kevin Benavides. Ricky Brabec holds sixth.
The significance of penultimate stage from San Juan – Córdoba is crucial, with a complete of 424 kilometres of particular, plus 483 kilometres of liaison sections. At 907 kilometres, this thirteenth stage is the longest of the 2018 Dakar Rally