The second stage of the Dakar Rally proved to be a lesson in teamwork for Team HRC, when Helder Rodrigues ran out of fuel just four kilometres from the finish line and had to be helped out by teammate, Javier Pizzolito.
Beginning and ending at Pisco,the stage was a difficult one, with a one hundred percent sandy track and countless dunes to conquer. Despite the less than even terrain, Rodrigues got off to a good start, and by the 160km mark, had moved into fourth position. He continued to make good progress, powering towards te end, but with only 4km left to go, disaster struck and his bike spluttered to a halt. Cue teammate, Javier Pizzolito, who saved the day by refilling Rodrigues’s machine; the duo then crossed the line together.
At the end of the second stage, it was Spain’s Joan Barreda who took the victory. He is currently leading the overall standings by an advantage of 5’35. The race continues into its third day today.