Hero MotorSports rounded out the 12th stage of the Dakar 2023 with their second consecutive double top 10 end. Rider Sebastian Buhler continued to direct the cost for the Indian team with his 2nd consecutive major-10 end at P8 even though Ross Department completed 13 seconds driving at P10.
Franco Caimi, who experienced finished in the major 10 in the previous phase completed P13.
The two-working day marathon phase observed riders traverse 375 km as a result of the Vacant Quarter – the major steady desert in the environment. The stage demanded riders to be at the to of their game with very little but sand seen for kilometres at a stretch and multiple sand dunes with steep close to-vertical drop-offs.
Buhler’s leading 10 end was his fourth in Dakar 2023, inserting him at P17 in the general ranking desk. Department meanwhile finished Stage 12 with his fifth leading-10 end for the rally serving to him retain P19 total in the Rally GP course.
Caimi’s race even so was not as sleek as his teammates. A misjudged bounce off a action dune noticed the rider land on his feet although the rider was again on program immediately after a temporary spell of recuperation. His P10 end in the phase sees him sit at P12 overall in the class.
“I experienced very a large crash in the middle of stage – a huge drop off a dune which I missed due to the sunlight. I jumped large and landed on my feet. I am having difficulties a little bit with my knee now. Barring that, we are below harmless and sound, and having prepared for the next stage tomorrow,” Caimi claimed.
The approaching Phase 13 will mark the conclude of the sand dunes for participants in Dakar 2023. The upcoming phase will see riders flip north toward Al Hofuf in a 673 km journey showcasing a 153 km occasions area and a 520 km extended road section.