Sunday’s Stage 2 of the 40th annual Dakar Rally – and the 10th consecutive year the world’s most arduous endurance race has been held in South America – was a circuitous route that began and ended in Pisco, Peru on Sunday.
The Rally will continue on through January 20, with 14 stages and nearly 5,600 miles to be traversed across Peru, Bolivia and ending up in Argentina.
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Here’s some of the top video action from Sunday’s Stage 2:
In the marquee Cars class, France’s Cyril Despres and his Peugeot to the No. 1 spot in a time of 2 hours, 56 minutes and 51 seconds.
But the biggest news of the day was the wreck of USA driver Bryce Menzes that knocked him and co-driver Peter Mortensen out of the race.
And Paraguay’s Roberto Recalde also went for a roll in his car, as well.
After finishing fourth in Stage 1, Spain’s Joan Barreda Bort rode his Honda to capture Stage 2 with a time of 2 hours, 56 minutes and 44 seconds.
Defending Rally champ, Russian Eduard Nikolaev (driving a Kamaz), finished third in Stage 1 and then rallied to lead following Stage 2 with a time of 3:24:23.
Chile’s Ignacio Casale has dominated the Quads class thus far, winning both Stage 1 on Saturday and roaring to win again in Stage 2 with a time of 3:37:45.
ANAHEIM, California – Ken Roczen will make the move from HRC Honda to H.E.P. Motorsports with the Progressive Ecstar Suzuki team, ending a long and eventful offseason that saw his split from his longstanding team after he committed to running World Supercross (WSX).
“H.E.P. Motorsports is thrilled to announce that the team has signed Ken Roczen as its premier rider for the 2023 season,” the team announced on Instagram. “Former AMA Motocross champion Roczen will be aboard a Suzuki RM-Z450. Roczen, who won his most recent championship on a Suzuki, will be reunited with the brand and bring his exciting style, determination, and grit back to the RM Army.
“Ken Roczen will compete in the upcoming 2023 Supercross and Motocross Championship series which is set to start on January 7 at Anaheim Stadium in Southern California.”
For Roczen, it is a return to the bike of his youth and on which he had some of his greatest professional success.
“This thing has been going on for weeks and weeks and weeks in the making, but there was so much uncertainty,” Roczen told NBC Sports during Monster Energy Supercross Media Sessions. “It was a very unique situation. I just finally signed two nights ago, so it’s really only legit once the ink hits the paper. It’s been in the works for a long time, but there were just a lot of questions and a lot of input from a lot of other teams too.
“Good things take time, and I’m okay with that. I grew up riding Suzuki. Ot’s like a homecoming. It’s a special feeling”
Roczen won the 2016 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship on a Suzuki before making the move to Honda. That year he won nine of 12 Nationals and finished no worse than second as he easily outpaced Eli Tomac by 86 points. He finished third in his next Pro Motocross outing in 2018 after sitting out the outdoor season in 2017.
“I am beyond excited to reconnect with Suzuki for the 3rd time in my career. We’ve had a lot of success in the past and I’m looking forward to seeing what we can accomplish together in our future.” Roczen said in the Instagram post.