CS Santosh, who battled through nosebleed and a fractured toe to finish a creditable 36th in the legendary Dakar Rally, says the experience of completing the world's toughest off-road race has given him the confidence for a top-10 classification in the future.
Spaniard Joan Barreda rode his Honda to a second straight stage win and fourth overall in the Dakar Rally on Thursday while standings leader Marc Coma comfortably protected his advantage with two days to go.
Four-time Dakar motorcycling winner and defending champion Marc Coma claimed his first stage victory of the 2015 edition on Thursday, finishing the run to Antofagasta in Chile ahead of compatriot and overall leader Joan Barreda.
Defending champion Stephane Peterhansel drove to victory on the sixth stage of the Dakar Rally on Friday, but the racing was overshadowed by the deaths of a motorcyclist, who was a father of five, and two journalists.
Bolivian President Evo Morales and Amaury Sport Organization (ASO) will officially launch the 2014 Dakar Rally on April 16 to highlight the tourist potential the South American country offers, Bolivia`s presidency minister Juan Ramon Quintana said.
The 2014 Dakar Rally will begin from January 5th in Rosario, the Argentinean city where football star Lionel Messi was born, and will end on January 18th in Valparaiso, Chile, organisers announced here.
Chile`s deputy sports minister Gabriel Ruiz-Tagle said he was confident his country will form part of the 2014 Dakar Rally circuit, dismissing rumours a possible route change could shut the country out.