Pearson went to work closing the gap on the lead team, riding in dust the entire time. "The dust was pretty bad since I was close to the front team," commented Pearson. As Pearson rode past check one he realized he had a slight rear brake problem but didn't think much of it at first. "I thought the brakes would last through the next check so I just ran with it - but soon they gave out completely and I struggled trying to close in on the front team." Pearson came in to check two, had the brakes fixed, and passed the bike to his teammate. Kamo charged hard and was able to make the pass for the lead before the third check point. The Shock Doctor/KTM team held the lead for the remainder of the day, finishing the afternoon with an approximate 6 minute lead over the second place team.