The Yamaha rider was comfortable on this sandy stage and reacquainted himself with good riding sensations to post the 6th best time of the day, to celebrate his 30th birthday.
“It was a nice day. It’s my birthday – I’m thirty today – so I started with the idea of trying to win the stage. I was really fast on the first section, but then I got caught up in some dust with some riders and it took time to pass them on the tracks. My team-mate Ross came back really fast, then I saw at the refuelling point that Barreda was also there, so I decided to… I wouldn’t say to slow down, but to make sure I navigated perfectly and be safe to the end, so it was a good day”.
By: Official Dakar website