Stage 2 of the 2021 Dakar 04 January 2021, Bisha to Wadi Ad-Dawsir did not disappoint race fans. Australian Toby won Stage 1 which awarded him the first bike to leave on Stage 2. Most of the Stage was Sand, with sections of small Terre and Dunes. The Stage is set from 600 metres to 1200 metres above sea level and 685 kilometres.
Unfortunately, the terrain was troublesome for Price, being slowed down in Saudi Arabia’s dunes plus a mechanical issue with the rear fuel tank saw the previous champion fall down the leaderboard, stopping at 28th Overall for Stage 2, 15th Overall.
“Today was difficult to lead out, the first 100km felt good and traded back and forth for the lead with Kevin, but at the 300km mark I started to have an issue with the rear tank, and the fuel wasn’t working so then I had to conserve running only the front tanks. Tough one but we’ll work on the bike this afternoon, and we’re at another finish line, so I’m happy! Still, a long way to go.” Said Toby Price on social media.
Rookie, Daniel Sanders had a great day in the saddle, sitting in the top three during the Stage starting from 25th and finishing 9th in Stage 2 and 16 minutes behind the leader Barreda Bort and sits 18th Overall.
Rookie, Micheal Burgess finished 45th for Stage 2 and is sitting 42nd Overall.
Rookie, Andrew Houlihan was consistent with his ride during Stage 2. In his first Dakar, he is just focusing on Safety and completing the event. Unfortunately, Andrew missed a checkpoint and was penalised 20 minutes finishing 67th for Stage 2 and will be the 68th bike to start Stage 3.