Sergey Karjakin, a graduate of Ural Federal University, was recently forced to leave the Dakar Rally due to mechanical difficulties with his ATV.
Karjakin reported that his ATV’s rear axle bearing crank failed during the 64-mile fourth stage of the race, which caused him to lose the tension network.
Despite the mechanical problems, Karjakin drove another 120 miles, but it was impossible for him to continue any farther.
Karjakin thanked his fans and sponsors, and reassured the public that he plans to participate in the contest again next year.
"Whatever difficulties or fate (is) in store for me, you should know that I always get up from my knees and I'll move on,” Karjakin wrote on his Facebook page. “And it is only with your help, because you believe and support me!"
Karjakin was the only Russian participating in the race quad portion of the off-road rally. In 2014, he earned seventh place out of 38 racers.