The primary stage of Dakar began because it ought to, with the bikes tackling the 405km timed run to achieve the second of the bivouacs at Al Henakiyah. Nonetheless, the evacuation helicopter was known as into motion very early on on the 82km mark after Hero rider Joaquim Rodrigues suffered an accident, which Joan Barreda and Sebastian Buhler needed to attend to.
Shortly afterwards, nevertheless, the race was stopped within the automobile class due to an incident with the primary of the autos. It’s believed that Overdrive driver Baud had an issue with one of many spectators who was watching the particular and needed to be taken to the closest hospital.
The organisers mentioned that the beginning of the primary automobile, initially scheduled for 10:15am native time, was delayed till 11:15am because of an “incident with a spectator about 200 metres from the beginning line” and the injured fan was “attended to by the medical providers and brought to the closest hospital.”
Though most of the drivers had been pressured to attend firstly of the particular between Al-Ula and Al Henakiyah, the race ultimately bought again on monitor, with Audi’s Stephane Peterhansel setting one of the best time on the first reference level at 38km. Nonetheless, that point might simply be toppled with so many favourites beginning additional again within the subject.
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As well as, the incident adopted an early confusion earlier than the beginning of the day’s operating. Century driver Brian Baragwanath was presupposed to be the primary to begin the stage however he didn’t make it in time, prompting Baud to tackle the the timed part.
After a couple of metres and the accident with the spectator, he returned to his place.
Confusion engulfed all of the official timekeeping, together with the organisers’ desk within the press room on the Al Henakiyah bivouac.