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Dakar's Monday route shortened due to weather

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Dakar's Monday route shortened due to weather
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Jan 4, 2016, 12:33 AM

The organisers of the Dakar Rally have decided to shorten the planned competition route for Day 2 of the event in order to avoid complications due to weather conditions.

#306 Mini: Erik van Loon, Wouter Rosegaar
#306 Mini: Erik van Loon, Wouter Rosegaar
#14 KTM: Matthias Walkner
#7 Yamaha: Helder Rodrigues
#306 Mini: Erik van Loon, Wouter Rosegaar

The 2016 Dakar Rally's first proper stage was washed out on Saturday, with none of the four categories getting to set competitive times.

As such, the decision has been taken to shorten and re-route the rally's schedule for Day 2.

The bikes and quads, which were set to do 450km timed over the run from Villa Carlos Paz to Termas Rio Hondo, will now only compete over 354km, while the route for cars and trucks has gone from 510km to 387km.

"The special will finish at CP4," said Dakar sporting director Marc Coma. "Also there are new modifications in the route between the 147th and the 170th kilometres.

"One team already did tomorrow's route and has given us the thumbs up. Another team are at the route and will be there all night so that we can have the final ok."

The shortened stage will kick off at 0600 local time.

Caution necessary

In the briefing for drivers and riders, Coma also insisted that the competitors would have to be "extra careful" through the spectator zones in light of the Prologue accident.

"We have to be on alert for the fans," he said. "We expect a lot of people in Cordoba. You have to be extra careful in the three spectator zones."

Reporting by Luis Ramirez

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Series Dakar
Event Dakar 2016
Author Valentin Khorounzhiy