Riyadh: The only Indian rider in this year’s Dakar rally, Harith Noah of Sherco TVS Racing Factory survived dangerous terrain and a few crashes to place 28th overall after stage 6 of the Motorcycle section of the off-road rally most difficult in the world here.
Noah, the five-time national champion of Kerala, fell in the first stage and finished 36th out of 145 riders, but then improved his ranking to 31st after stage 4 and to 30th after stage 5.
He continued his progress admirably on Friday, despite a sore shoulder, and finished an honorable 28th place overall, with a time of 21: 47.07s.
The motorcycles and quads special was stopped in the first neutralization zone after 101 km on Friday. The degradation of the tracks due to the passage of cars and trucks from the previous stage in the opposite direction, combined with recent heavy rains, made the road impassable.
The classification of stage 6 was established at the 101 km bar.
Noah’s teammate, Lorenzo Santolino, is in sixth position overall after stage 6 while Rui GonÃ§alves is ranked 32nd.
Joaquim Rodriques of Hero MotoSports Team Rally is ranked 18th overall, while his South African teammate Aaron Mare slipped to 16th position.
The Briton Sam Sunderland of Gasgas Factory Racing is the leader of the general classification after stage 6 with a time of 19: 55.59s, while the Austrian Matthias Walkner (19: 58.38s) of Redbull KTM Factory Racing and the Australian Daniel Sanders (20: 01.34s) of Gasgas Factory Racing finished second and third respectively.