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Can Walkner continue?

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The man from Salzburg fell in a scree field on the second stage and injured his wrist. The KTM rider fought his way to the finish in severe pain, but he decides shortly before the start of the long Tuesday stage whether he can continue the race.

“That was probably the most dangerous stage I’ve ever driven on a Dakar. I fell pretty hard into a pile of rocks and injured my wrist. Luckily I had the airbag, which probably prevented a lot worse. All guardian angels and Lucky charms were on my side today,” Walkner said. In addition to abrasions, bruises and lacerations, the hospital also diagnosed a slight bony chip in the wrist, which is causing him the greatest concern. “Due to the severe pain, I’m currently not sure if I can continue.

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Last year’s third place in the overall standings is ninth, 8:18 minutes behind the leader Mason Klein (USA/KTM).

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