News 10 Jan 2019

Technical issue rules Faggotter out of Dakar Rally

Australian Yamalube Yamaha Rally pilot forced to accept DNF in 2019 edition.

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A technical issue on just the third stage of the 2019 Dakar Rally has resulted in a premature end to Rodney Faggotter’s campaign, forcing him to withdraw from the remainder of the event.

It’s understood the Australian suffered a problem in the dying stages of day after the last waypoint, leaving the experienced Yamalube Yamaha Rally rider with no chance of finishing the stage.

Ranked 16th in the 2018 edition, Faggotter was sitting a comfortable 28th in the overall classification at the conclusion of day two, with his assault all going to plan at that stage of the prestigious off-road race.

Fellow Australian and former Dakar victor Toby Price (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) sits fifth in the standings, as compatriots Ben Young (KTM) and James Ferguson (KTM) sit 84th and 107th – to duo both challenging the Dakar Rally for the very first time.

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