KTM's Jordi Viladoms has played down the significance of his struggles in Stage 2 of the 2016 Dakar Rally.
Team leader Viladoms, who was runner-up back in 2014, finished the first proper run of the rally almost 13 minutes down on stage-winning teammate Toby Price and currently sits 26th in the standings.
The Spaniard, who was also celebrating his 36th birthday on Monday, joked: "I do not know if there's anything to it but the stages that coincide with my birthday never go well for me."
"I do not know what has happened," he said of his Stage 2 outing, ruing an apparent costly navigational error. "I followed the road book to the letter. We have to see what happened, because I did it by the book."
Nonetheless, Viladoms does not appear concerned yet, believing he has plenty of time to make up ground.
"This is a very long rally, you have to go day-by-day and we must press on. Certainly it could be better, but the problem is that it could've been much worse."
Interview by Luis Ramirez