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Dakar 2024: Honda's Tosha Schareina and Hero's Joaquim Rodrigues out of the race.
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Dakar 2024: Honda's Tosha Schareina and Hero's Joaquim Rodrigues out of the race.

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Yesterday's prologue winner, Tosha Schareina, was forced out of the Dakar on today's first stage of the race after an accident at KM240.  Before Honda's official rider was forced to abandon, Hero Motosport's official team also lost one of their riders: the Portuguese Joaquim Rodrigues crashed in the first part of the race and was airlifted to the hospital.

Form Dakar Rally official feed:

RODRIGUES DOWN AND OUT | RALLY GP
06:58

Joaquim Rodrigues has crashed 82 km into the special. The Hero rider was conscious when the medical team got to him. His condition is stable, but it looks like he has broken something. He has been airlifted to AlUla Hospital. Joan Barreda and Sebastian Bühler rushed to his aid and will be credited for this time at the finish.

TOSHA SCHAREINA TAKES A TUMBLE | RALLY GP
08:43
Tosha Schareina, second at the previous time check, hit the ground at km 240. Ross Branch, who held the fastest time at the same point, stopped to assist the Honda factory rider, who hurt his arm. The Botswanan will be credited for this time at the finish.

TOSHA SCHAREINA | RALLY GP
09:33
The medical team has extracted Tosha Schareina from the special. The Spaniard was racing in his third Dakar, his first on a works Monster Energy Honda. Alas, the winner of the prologue has had to quit the race at a time when he was the top outsider.

 

Photo: A.S.O./F.Le Floc'h/DPPI

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