Monday marked the opening of the 2017 Dakar Rally, with the first stage running from Asuncion to Resistencia. While this is the shortest test of the rally, it proved to be a real test.
Coverage of the event began today on NBCSN; an assortment of clips are linked below. Tuesday’s second stage ran today, with coverage airing on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN.
To start things off, we look at the bikes. Juan Pedrero inherited the win after Xavier de Soultrait was assessed a minute penalty for a speeding violation. American Ricky Brabec came second on the stage, another of those who was promoted, while defending champion Toby Price took 17th place, but only barely more than a minute behind.
In the cars, it was a battle of super teams, Toyota and Peugeot as Stage 1 kicked off the 2017 Dakar with Toyota taking the top spot thanks to Nasser Al-Attiyah’s finish in 25:41.
In trucks, Martin Kolomy of the Czech Republic surprised the trucks field in the opening stage of the 2017 Dakar with a first place finish in exactly 30 minutes.
It was a wet start for quads in the 2017 Dakar, but the unpredictable weather didn’t faze Yamaha’s Marcelo Medeiros who took first in the stage.