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Organizer investigates short Dakar Rally exit after fuel outage – Motorsports

Short was the first of the top runners in the bike class to finish the event and was ranked in the top 10 when the incident occurred on the stage from Bisha to Wadiad Dawasir on the banks of the Rub Al Khali Desert.

At 273 km on the second stage, his Yamaha WR450F rally suddenly stopped in an area of ​​fast sandy roads in a large valley formed by a mountain of stones. After trying to restart his bike, the American was forced to ride an organized helicopter, kicking him out of an event that ended in sixth place in 2019.

A short post on Instagram: “The second day got off to a great start, but after refueling I sometimes thought it was a fuel related issue. I tried everything I needed to get the bike running. But in the end I couldn’t move it again. It’s very sad to be out of the race, but I know this is the race, especially the Dakar. “

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When the bike, warned by a similar problem report from KTM’s Toby Price, was returned to Wadiad Dawasirzert, his team decided to check the fuel tank and realized that some water was found inside. It has been.

Refueling of Dakar motorcycles, quadriceps and SSV / T3 is done using tankers from local suppliers and travels to refueling points designated daily by each Zelt and ASO. The stages on Monday were 94km and 267km, just 7km before the short retired.

Motorsport.com understands that Yamaha poured fresh petrol into the short tank and the bike started without problems, suggesting that the problem was due to the fuel he picked up on stage. .. Event officials are currently investigating what happened, as some other riders were also reported to have problems.

– Motorsports

Organizer investigates short Dakar Rally exit after fuel outage

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