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Barreda moves to the top at Dakar

Joan Barreda emerged victorious thanks to a great tactical display in the third stage of the Rally Dakar 2017. The Spanish rider from the Monster Honda Energy Team stormed to an overwhelming victory and tops the general rankings in the process as Briton sam Sunderland moves up to second.

After two days where navigation was not an issue, the Dakar now ups the difficulty level and begins to show the differences in quality between the competitors. The opening stretches of the third stage played out off-piste with sand and tricky fords. The were even some trial-like tracks which left many of the less-skilled aspirants trailing behind. Later, the landscape began to resemble that of the previous stages as the route approached the neutralization section. The timed special restarted at over 3,500 metres in altitude and continued uphill all the way to Jujuy.

Shortly after setting off, Paulo Gonçalves managed to overtake the two adversaries who had started out ahead, the Portuguese rider opening the track until approximately the first waypoint. Gonçalves led the field from kilometre 30 to 180. Paulo crossed the line to post the fifth fastest time on the day.

But it was Joan Barreda who stole the show on today’s stage. The Spaniard rode the Honda CRF450 RALLY at a blistering pace, with flawless navigation, to romp home with a massive surplus over the pursuing pack. In addition to the day’s first prize ‘Bang Bang’ now commands at the top of the overall standings.

Barreda said: “Today has been a great day. I’m very pleased because today the plan that we had worked out turned out perfectly. It was a tough day, as I had to push really hard all day, stay really focused, not make any mistakes and give 100% in the area of navigation at the beginning. At the waypoint at kilometre 40 I circled around a bit until Ricky showed up and gave me some references to mark the waypoint. It went really well and error-free with a very fast pace.”

Stage 3 results:

1

BARREDA 

Joan

11

SPA

Monster Energy Honda Team

4:23’41

2

SUNDERLAND 

Sam

16

GBR

Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team

+12’29

3

RENET 

Pierre-Alexandre

31

FRA

Husqvarna Factory Rally Team

+15’30

4

QUINTANILLA 

Pablo

3

CHI

Husqvarna Factory Rally Team

+16’02

5

GONCALVES 

Paulo

17

POR

Monster Energy Honda Team

+16’20

6

VAN BEVEREN 

Adrien

6

FRA

Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team

+19’40

7

CAIMI 

Franco

67

ARG

Honda South America Rally Team

+20’09

8

FARRES 

Gerard

8

SPA

Himoinsa Team

+20’43

9

PRICE 

Toby

1

AUS

Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team

+21’51

10

BRABEC 

Ricky

9

USA

Monster Energy Honda Team

+24’16

11

WALKNER 

Matthias

14

AUT

Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team

+25’40

12

SVITKO 

Stefan

2

SLO

Slovnaft Team

+26’41

13

METGE 

Michael

15

FRA

Monster Energy Honda Team

+27’26

14

DE SOULTRAIT 

Xavier

23

FRA

Viltais Racing Team HFP

+33’09

15

JAKES 

Ivan

20

SLO

Jakes Dakar Team

+33’39

 

 

Overall standings

1

BARREDA 

Joan

11

SPA

Monster Energy Honda Team

7:36’30

2

SUNDERLAND 

Sam

16

GBR

Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team

+10’20

3

GONCALVES 

Paulo

17

POR

Monster Energy Honda Team

+13’42

4

QUINTANILLA 

Pablo

3

CHI

Husqvarna Factory Rally Team

+14’56

5

PRICE 

Toby

1

AUS

Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team

+16’19

6

FARRES 

Gerard

8

SPA

Himoinsa Team

+22’00

7

VAN BEVEREN 

Adrien

6

FRA

Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team

+23’07

8

RENET 

Pierre-Alexandre

31

FRA

Husqvarna Factory Rally Team

+23’07

9

BRABEC 

Ricky

9

USA

Monster Energy Honda Team

+23’13

10

SVITKO 

Stefan

2

SLO

Slovnaft Team

+25’54

11

WALKNER 

Matthias

14

AUT

Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team

+27’47

12

CAIMI 

Franco

67

ARG

Honda South America Rally Team

+28’30

13

DE SOULTRAIT 

Xavier

23

FRA

Viltais Racing Team HFP

+31’18

14

PEDRERO 

Joan

12

SPA

Sherco TVS Rally Factory

+35’10

15

METGE 

Michael

15

FRA

Monster Energy Honda Team

+38’22

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