Dakar 2018: Hunt and Poskitt deliver in the dunes

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Stage 3 - Pisco to San Juan De Marcona 296km timed special stage, 208km liaison

It was another good day for British riders Lyndon Poskitt and Max Hunt who ended up spending a lot of today’s stage riding together with Poskitt securing 45th place and Hunt 46th.

Their results over the last two days have seen them progress steadily up the leader board with Hunt now 44th overall and Poskitt 48th and second in the Malle Moto class where riders aren’t allowed any outside assistance and have to do all their won maintenance.

Speaking to MCN, Poskitt said: “It was a hard day of riding and navigation. I got caught out by one dune which had a really steep drop off. I got on the brakes and broke through the top of it but I ended up dropping off, the front dug in and I went over the bars and the bike landed on me. I slid out and it wasn’t a big problem, but it cost me a bit of time.

“I came really close to running out of fuel on stage two but I got the guys to completely brim the tank and I had no worries today even though the special was longer. I think I was carrying a lot more momentum today, which is good on the up hills, but can be a problem if you arrive at a drop off too fast.”

Hunt continues to impress in the dunes and also had the complication of riding with a badly bruised knee after getting spectacularly knocked off his scooter outside the bivouac by a car. 

He said: “It was a sick stage! There was one part where there was a big run of rolling dunes – one after the other and it was fast. I started to get a bit cautious as I just had a feeling that one of them wasn’t going to be so rolling. Then my anti collision alarm went off, I backed off and there was a massive drop off and there were three riders – two of them attending one guy and his bike was in bits. I managed to stay on but I rode over part of his navigation tower which had been ripped off his bike in the crash. 

“I had a good tussle with Lyndon and we caught and passed each other a couple of times in the dunes which was good. Tomorrow we have the mass start – 15 bikes at a time and I’m looking forward to that.” 

Brits Overall position after Stage 3

1st    Sam Sunderland              GBR                 KTM                 6h44m23s

46th Max Hunt                         GBR                 Husqvarna       + 1h44m14s

50th Lyndon Poskitt                  GBR                 KTM                 +1h50m55s

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Michael Guy

By Michael Guy

Sports Editor, former 250-racer and adventure rider