Dakar: Petrucci’s hopes hang by a thread after he retires from the stage

Dakar: Petrucci’s hopes hang by a thread after he retires from the stage© Dakar

The Italian was forced to abandon the second stage of the rally due to a technical problem. The rules would allow him to restart on Tuesday, but with a significant penalty

The Dakar can be cruel, and Danilo Petrucci has quickly realised this as he participates in the rally for the first time. The Italian was putting together an excellent debut, placing thirteenth at the end of a first stage that left the likes of Joan Barreda, Kevin Benavides and Toby Price in difficulty.

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The KTM rider made a good start to the second stage, which ran on Monday from Ha’Il ad Al Qaisumah, and was lying fourth just four minutes from the front at the 80 km waypoint, but a technical problem stopped him and his 450 Rally Factory Replica at km 115.

“I was going really well, I was

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