Australian Rodney Faggotter continues to storm towards a top-20 overall position in the Dakar Rally. After using his mechanical skills to help team mates during in the marathon bivouac in Uyuni, Faggotter was back on his WR450F for stage eight.

A strong 26th position during stage eight has Rod currently 22nd in the provisional overall.

“This marathon stage was a test for all of us. I’m tired but happy I brought my bike home. Yesterday I lost time trying to help Franco get his bike out of the mud. Both these last two days have been really long and tiring. I’m glad to be here in Tupiza and my bike is running great so far. I’ve had a couple of small crashes but nothing major. My body is tired tonight but we have time to relax and recover some energy. Things are going pretty well for me this year. Unfortunately, we lost Franco yesterday and Xavier today. My thoughts are with Xavier now, as he tries to recover from his injuries.”