- By cannonball
Stage 11 in the 40th Dakar Rally saw things return to more normal proceedings compared to stage 10. The first half of the second and final marathon stage for motorcycles (meaning no spare parts or team mechanics at the bivouac so the riders must conserve their bikes and especially the tires to last two consecutive days) began in Belén, Argentina, and ended in Fiambalá after 205 kilometers of liaison or transfer section and a timed special stage of 280 kilometers.
In addition, this stage featured an unusual start where the 10 best cars and 10 fastest motorcycles started in alternate order three minutes apart according to their stage 10 finish. The rest of the field started at two-minute intervals. This provided the rare sight of car leader Stephane Peterhansel—a multi-time winner on bikes as well as in cars—lining up just ahead of Matthias Walkner, who later caught and dueled with him briefly.
Interesting day for #Dakar2018! Are you following along?