Dakar Rally Stage 12 Canceled for Bikes and Quads

Jean Turner | January 18, 2018

Riders were set to take on the second half of the Fiambala marathon stage today in Argentina for Dakar Rally stage 12, but the stage has been canceled for bikes and quads. Cars and trucks will continue as usual, their scheduled route much different from that planned for the bikes and quads.

Dakar Rally stage 12
Extreme weather and rising rivers have caused the cancelation of two stages so far in the 2018 Dakar Rally. Cars and trucks are on a different route today and will continue as scheduled. Photography by PhotosDakar.com/Husqvarna Motorcycles Media

Due to extreme weather conditions, Race Director Mark Coma has decided to cancel the stage citing safety concerns. Riders were scheduled to run 450 miles today from Fiambala to San Juan, Argentina. The stage had already been altered on account of the weather concerns, but has now been canceled altogether.

“Following the study of the safety conditions for bikes and quads race tomorrow, despite a first modification of the stage announced this afternoon, having consulted the competitors grouped at Fiambala’s marathon bivouac, the Race Direction has taken the decision to cancel the 12th stage special stage for bikes and quads,” read a statement from the ASO.

Bikes and quads will liaison directly to San Juan, and prepare for stage 13, the penultimate stage of the 2018 Dakar Rally.


Jean Turner | Contributor A former staffer at Cycle News, Turner continues to contribute to the website and magazine as a columnist and someone we can count on to whip up a few thousand words on an off-road race when needed.