Oriol Mena,shrugging off a minor setback of stage 2, made good time to climb up several places
to finish the stage 3 in 14 th position. CS Santosh also kept a steady momentum amidst zones of
very soft dunes and tricky navigation to finish the stage 3 in 27 th position. Overall, Oriol stand at
16 th place and C S Santosh at 20 th place at the end of 3 stages.
Competitors will now have to go through the night without the aid of their assistance crew and
get ready for the part two of the Marathon stage.
The Marathon stage was made of a long liaison of 63 kms. This was followed by the 240 km stage
where the riders had to negotiate the dunes of the Rissani erg, the Chebbi erg, sand in the Fezou
region, and the Ouzina erg, before arriving at the campsite in the middle of the dunes for an
evening in the desert.
Stage 4 will see the riders negotiate another 233 km of special stage slotted in between 36 km
and 103 km of liaison sections. The riders will then reunite with their assistance crew at the
Tombouctou hotel with only the last stage remaining to decide the rally champion.
Source : Hero