This is what the race would have been like for stage 7. 200
miles into the race, the afternoon was cut short. The pilots were
wiped out by the time they got to the first checkpoint. The ride
through powder sand is grueling, especially for the bikers. The
competitors will get back to business with the longest special
stage of the rally, which marks the start of a very selective
sequence. Two timed sections will be on the menu, with a section of
two halves for the morning. The bikers will have to tackle an
endurance type route lasting for around forty kilometres. Even the
most physically fit will be exhausted by this excursion through the
canyons. The finish of this first portion will take place on the
ocean’s shores, as the vehicles dive down from the dunes along an
especially steep slope towards the finish. The tracks of the second
section are quicker and the riders and drivers will no doubt cross
the finishing line of the special stage to applause at the racing
track. Lopez won the stage. We have spent a good hour talking and
taking photos with the race leaders, Coma, Depres and several
others, at the checkpoint.