Reigning Dakar Rally Champion, Matthias Walkner and American Ricky Brabec battle to the end on day two, finishing just 22 seconds apart at the line.
Day two of the 2019 Dakar Rally saw the leading two riders separated by just 22 seconds over a total stage distance of 553 kilometres of which 342 kilometres were timed special between Pisco and San Juan de Marcona.
It was reigning Dakar champion, Matthias Walkner’s day today in Peru as he blitzed an overnight deficit to take the win on the first meaningful day’s action and jump to second overall. The KTM rider left it late though, right to the last kilometres in fact to overhaul the day’s pace-setter, Ricky Brabec.
Brabec signalled well and truly that the Americans have a rider back on the Dakar map by leading most of the day only to be bumped in to second place right at the last. Overnight leader, Joan Barreda, retains the lead having lost more or less as much time as Walkner gained on the day, finishing 1m41s back from the stage victor.
Lorenzo Santolino is currently the best-placed newcomer in 12th position and is also the highest ranked Sherco rider. Max Hunt maintains his 'Original by Motul' (Malle Moto) class lead.
Overall Barreda still leads by 1m31s from Walkner with Brabec two seconds further back. It's tight at the top after two days, there is a long way to go...
2019 Dakar Rally stage two results:
Overall ranking after day two:
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