Harith Noah of Sherko TVS Racing Factory, the only Indian rider at this year’s Dakar Rally, escaped dangerous terrain and escaped several crashes to finish 28th overall in the overall rankings after Stage 6 in the big section of the world’s toughest off-road rally here.
The five-time Bengaluru national champion, Noah fell in the first round and finished 36th out of 145 riders but moved up to 31st after Stage 4 and 30th after Stage 5.
He continued his progress admirably on Friday, despite a shoulder pain, and a reliable 28th in the overall rankings with a time of 21: 47.07 seconds.
The bike and quad special were stopped in the first neutralization area after 101km on Friday. Track damage due to cars and trucks passing in the opposite direction in the previous stage, along with the recent heavy rains, made the road inaccessible.
Classification for Stage 6 was established at the 101 km mark.
Noah’s teammate Lorenzo Santolino is sixth overall after Stage 6, while Rui Goncalves is 32nd.
Joachim Rodriguez of Hero MotoSports Team Rally is ranked 18th overall in the overall rankings, while his South African teammate Aaron Merr has slipped to 16th.
Gasgas Factory Racing’s Great Britain’s Sam Sunderland is the overall leader with a time of 19: 55.59 seconds after Stage 6, while Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Austrian Matthias Walkner (19: 58.38s) and Australia’s Daniel Sanders (20: 01.34s) Is in third place.