Goncalves penalized for missing waypoints in stage 2

19 Goncalves Rui (prt), Sherco Factory, Sherco 450 SEF Rally, Moto, action during the first stage of the Dakar 2022 between Hail and Hail, in Saudi Arabia on January 2, 2022.

Rui Goncalves, who was one of the surprises during stage 2 of the 2022 Dakar Rally in the bikes category, was given a 15-minute penalty.

Goncalves unexpectedly took the stage lead straightaway and was on top of the standings at the first three waypoints. However, he lost the pace later on and crossed the finish line with the 12th best result of the day.

However, it turned out that the Portuguese rider had missed some of the waypoints. As a result, he was given a 15-minute penalty for the violation.

Goncalves would drop down to 24th place in the stage 2 standings.

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