The Sherco TVS riders had a difficult stage four of the Dakar Rally as all three riders lost positions from where they started the day while CS Santosh retired.
The leading Sherco of Alain Duclos dropped to 26th after having started ninth at the first way point from where recovery seemed an uphill task.
But gradually, the French rider gained places to eventually finish the stage 22nd behind his Spanish teammate Joan Pedrero Garcia who was 20th.
Duclos was classified 10th overall while Pedrero was 15th as Honda's Paulo Goncalves won the stage along with topping the overall standings after another speeding penalty to Joan Barreda.
Sherco's third rider Florent Vayssade was 31st overall and 38th in the fourth stage in the loop starting and ending in San Salvador de Jujuy.
Indian Santosh's 2016 stint with Suzuki has been torrid all through. After a poor start, he recovered in stage three but lost a huge chunk in the fourth and unfortunately retired thereon.
Starting 62nd, the Bangalore-based rider dropped to 126th by the first way point.
He rose up to 114th by seventh point and somehow finished the stage 127th before retiring due to the navigational tower breaking down and electrical getting shot.