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Macik’s crew beat the Iveco on the first stage of the rally "Dakar" between trucks


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Moscow, January 1 – The Czech Iveco crew, led by Martin Masek, won the first stage of the Dakar Rally, which is being held in Saudi Arabia, in the truck category.
Macik’s truck covered the first special stage of 367 km in 3 hours, 46 minutes and 35 seconds. The second place was taken by the Braga crew under the control of the Czech Ales Lobris, after 5 minutes and 46 seconds, and the third place was taken by the Dutchman Martin van de Brink in an Iveco (+10.13).
In the SUV category, Spaniard Carlos Sainz Sr. won the first stage in an Audi with a time of 3:20.41. France’s Sebastien Loeb (BRX, +0.23) was second, while Saudi Arabia’s Yazid Al-Raji (Toyota, +1.59) was third.
In the motorcycle category, American Ricky Brabec (Honda, 4:14.10) won the stage, the second place was taken by Argentine Kevin Benavidez (KTM, +0.44), and the third was American Mason Kline (KTM, +0.44).

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In the ATV standings, the Argentinean Manuel Andujar (4:10.34) won the stage, the Frenchman Alexandre Giroud finished second (+0.44), and the Argentinean Francisco Moreno Flores finished third (+10.49). All the top three perform on Yamaha.
In March, the FIA ​​banned competitions in Russia and Belarus due to the aggravation of the situation in Ukraine and allowed athletes of these countries to compete in international competitions only under a neutral flag, while riders must fulfill a number of requirements and obligations, including signing a declaration of commitment to peace principles. and political neutrality. For this reason, racing driver Sergey Karyakin and the KAMAZ-Master team refused to participate in the marathon.

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