Winning the previous day‰Ûªs stage, Matthias Walkner was assigned with the demanding task of opening the tracks on the final stage. Despite the added difficulty of many tracks being on the ground already, the 2018 Dakar Rally champion used his considerable knowledge and experience to successfully navigate to the finish in fourth on stage without any mistakes. Placing just off the podium in fourth overall, Matthias was satisfied with his overall performance during the week.
"I enjoyed the rally, but I am glad we have now reached the finish. Today‰Ûªs stage was shorter at 150km, but was still very tricky due to all the traces from the last few days ‰ÛÒ sometimes you follow the same route and then you have to decide when to turn off and follow a new one," Walkner explained.
"To be the first rider to the finish feels great, even though I did lose a little time over the course of the day. I know if I hadn‰Ûªt got lost earlier in the week my overall result today could have been better, but overall, I am happy with my riding. We have done some good work on the bike this week, the suspension is feeling really good, so thanks to my team for that. We‰Ûªll head now to the Ruta 40 and hopefully improve a little more there too.‰Û