Consistency is paying off for Daniel Sanders at Rally Kazakhstan with the Aussie placing eighth on stage two to move up to seventh in the overall provisional classification. Despite a few mistakes along the way, Sanders completed leg one of the event’s marathon stage unscathed and with his GASGAS RC 450F Rally bike in good shape ahead of stage three.
Daniel Sanders: “I felt good on the bike today. We made a few small changes last night and they really paid off today. Unfortunately, I made a few mistakes which cost me some time. As the stage was so fast it was then really hard to make any time up, but there’s still three days to go. I’m well placed in the standings, I feel good on the bike, and I completed today’s marathon stage with the bike and myself in good shape, so I’m ready for another go at it tomorrow.”
Unfortunate to make a few errors with his navigation, Sanders was unable to make up for lost time on stage two given the high-speed nature of the 280km special. However, the 26-year-old remains in high spirits and is now focused on the days ahead as he looks to continue his charge up the leaderboard.
Stage three of Rally Kazakhstan takes place tomorrow. The longest stage of the event and the second leg of the rally’s marathon stage, it will serve up a mixed bag of terrain for all competitors. Opening with some gnarly desert tracks, hard and fast conditions will then form the majority of the special before the real fun starts with 10km to go - a stretch of rolling sand dunes that will no doubt favor the brave!
Results (provisional): Rally Kazakhstan 2021, stage 2
1. Skyler Howes (Husqvarna) 2:39:45
2. Matthias Walkner (KTM) 2:40:55
3. Andrew Short (Yamaha) 2:43:00
8. Daniel Sanders (GASGAS) 2:48:59
Overall Provisional Classification (after stage 2)
1. Matthias Walkner (KTM) 6:02:59
2. Skyler Howes (Husqvarna) 6:03:21
3. Ross Branch (Yamaha) 6:03:58
7. Daniel Sanders (GASGAS) 6:28:17