Fog Stops Dakar

Paul Carruthers | January 3, 2005

With heavy fog causing the cancellation of stage four of the Telefonica Dakar rally today, Yamaha’s David Fretigne continues to hold down the overall lead as the race that is inarguably the most grueling off-road race in the world ended its first weekend of action.

Although the cars were able to make the run between Rabat and Agadir today, race organizers deemed the visibility too poor for the motorcyclists and they instead went in convoy fashion to Agadir. This isn’t the first time a stage has been cancelled in the Dakar as a few years ago fog stopped the first stage in Morocco.

By virtue of his strong finishes in the opening stages in Europe, Fretigne holds the overall lead on his WR450, the Frenchman taking the win on the opening day of the rally on New Year’s Eve and holding it through Monday’s convoy.

Paul Carruthers | Editor

Paul Carruthers took over as the editor of Cycle News in 1993 after serving as associate editor since starting his career at the publication in 1985. Carruthers has covered every facet of the sport in his near-28-year tenure at America's Daily Motorcycle News Source.