January 18, 2018 / 11:09 AM / 6 months ago

Dakar 12th stage cancelled for bikes and quads

(Reuters) - Dakar Rally organisers cancelled the 12th stage for motorcycles and quadbikes in Argentina on Thursday for safety reasons due to the weather.

Dakar Rally - 2018 Peru-Bolivia-Argentina Dakar rally - 40th Dakar Edition stage eight, Uyuni to Tupiza- January 14, 2018. Simon Vitse of France drives his Yamaha. REUTERS/Ricardo Mazalan/Pool

The cars and trucks, which were due to take a different route, will continue as planned.

Competitors get ready for the stage. REUTERS/Ricardo Mazalan/Pool

“Having consulted the competitors groupped at Fiambala’s marathon bivouac, the race direction has taken the decision to cancel the 12th special stage for bikes and quads,” a statement said.

Austrian Matthias Walkner is leading the motorcycle standings on a KTM, 32 minutes clear of Argentina’s Honda rider Kevin Benavides.

The 12th stage from Fiambala to San Juan was scheduled as a 375km timed leg and 348km of liaison. The rally ends in Cordoba on Saturday.

Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Pritha Sarkar

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