Photo Credit: Yamaha Racing
Enjoying the best possible start to the 2017 Baja Inka rally, Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team rider Franco Caimi secured an impressive opening stage victory.
Including a 55km special stage in the massive sandy dunes south of Paracas, the first special stage at this year's Baja Inka rally offered competitors a first taste of what's to follow.
Back to full competitive fitness after his recent crash at the Desafio Ruta 40, Caimi was the rider to beat in this first day of racing in Peru.
The only rider to complete the day's special stage in less than 40 minutes, the Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team rookie secured his first individual stage victory aboard the WR450F Rally machine.
“I'm really happy with my performance,” told Caimi. “My bike is running great and I am very comfortable to ride it in my own pace. The terrain is tricky here and navigation is demanding. Overall, my pace was very good and I managed to remain fast from start to finish.
“Next we have a very long stage and it's important not to make any mistakes. I need to take care of myself and my bike to make sure I reach the finish of the rally. The way I see it, the rider who commits less mistakes will be the one to get on the top step of the podium.”
The Baja Inka Rally concludes on Sunday September 17.
Baja Inka 2017 - Stage 1 - Provisional Classification
1. Franco Caimi (ARG), Yamaha, 00:39:53
2. Kevin Benavides (ARG), Honda, 00:40:15
3. Xavier de Soultrait (FRA), Yamaha, 00:40:19
4. Paulo Goncalves (POR), Honda, 00:41:08
5. Adrien Van Beveren (FRA), Yamaha, 00:42:20
6. Michael Metge (FRA), Honda, 00:42:46