Ruben Faria fractures wrist and leaves Dakar2016

Portuguese driver Ruben Faria (Husqvarna) was forced to abandon the Dakar2016 rally today after having fractured a wrist, […]

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Ruben Faria no longer has any reason to smile…

The Portuguese driver Ruben Faria (Husqvarna) was forced to abandon the Dakar2016 rally today, after having broken his wrist as a result of a fall suffered during the 6th stage of the race, which was held in Bolivia.

According to the competition's official website, Ruben Faria, who occupied the 7th position in the general classification, fell during the special that started and ended in Uyuni, Bolivia, in a length of 542 kilometers.

“The sixth stage is definitely not smiling for the leaders of the motorcycle category. After the technical problems suffered by Joan Barreda (Honda), now the progress of Ruben Faria (Husqvarna) has come to an end. The Portuguese pilot fell and fractured his wrist. While Barreda was able to finish the race after a long wait, the same cannot be said for the unfortunate Faria, who is forced to retire due to his injury”, explains the Dakar2016 website.

Today's stage was eventually won by Toby Price (KTM). The Australian made the difference in the last kilometers of the day's special to beat Paulo Gonçalves (Honda) by 1min12sec, as well as Matthias Walkner by 1min15sec.

However, Paulo Gonçalves, Honda's Portuguese driver, remains at the top of the overall standings.

As for the remaining Portuguese, according to the provisional classification and while only half of the riders finished the race, Helder Rodrigues was 5th in the stage, Mário Patrão 24th and Pedro Bianchi Prata has not yet reached the end.


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