Raorane trying to ride under Dakar Experience; Noah gains in marathon stage
The Indian is pushing to complete the rally under Experience category.
Having spent couple of days in the hospital in Ha'il, privateer Malle entrant Ashish Raorane is back in the bivouac and re-united with his #82 KTM bike, as the Indian contemplates to compete the 2021 Dakar Rally under the 'Experience' category.
Raorane had a heavy crash in Stage 5, where he was transported to the hospital. With the scans coming clear, the Indian was discharged and he made back to bivouac to assess the condition of his bike. He has so far missed Stage 6 & 7, thanks to the Rest Day.
The Dakar Experience category will allow him to complete the upcoming stages but he won't be officially classified. It will be a good experience for Raorane if he can do it, provided he goes through the ASO's technical/safety checks of his bike and also his health condition.
"Firstly I'd like to thank everyone for all the well wishes sent my way since my injury," wrote Raorane. "Following multiple CT scans and X-rays, I've been discharged from the hospital and am back at the race headquarters recuperating. There still a few swollen sore bits and pieces of me that'll take sometime to heal. Bike been recovered from the organization this morning to assess the damage and there's definitely a lot to fix.
"Past night I've been battling the decision to rejoin the race under the Dakar Experience category. Physically I'm not 100% at all yet, my body knows it but the mind refuses to accept the fact, the prospect of getting back on the rally bike and heading out there into the desert is truly alluring!! There are quite a few steps involved in rejoining, technical/safety scrutiny of the bike and more importantly medical clearance from ASO doctors. Let's see how we go."
If Raorane is able to rejoin the Dakar Rally, it will be similar to how Noah completed his run last year after crashing out early on. This year, though, the Sherco TVS rider is doing a solid job so far barring his Stage 4 crash. He has fought back well, especially in the marathon Stage 7.
Noah secured his best result in 25th, to gain couple of places to be 33rd in the overall category. His teammates Lorenzo Santolino and Rui Goncalves are 11th and 26th, respectively. On Hero MotoSports Rally Team side, both Joaquim Rodrigues and Sebastian Buhler, did well too.
Rodrigues gained a place to be 16th, whereas Buhler steadied himself in 21st. Their teammate CS Santosh, meanwhile, remained under induced coma in the hospital, whereby, the last update from the ASO informed about continued progress in his health condition.
Another Indian rider was forced to exit the Dakar Rally due to crash.
[Image courtesy: Ashish Raorane Facebook]