Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Team HRC's Barreda Holds Overall Lead in Dakar Rally with 6th-Place Stage 4 Finish

Dakar 2014   Stage 4   08/01/2014

Joan Barreda retains leadership in spite of tough stage

Fourth stage of the Rally Dakar 2014 and a tricky day for the TEAM HRC riders who fought hard to finish in favourable positions ahead of tomorrow’s stage. Above all for Joan Barreda, who was able to overcome some complicated setbacks to finish in sixth position, but retains the overall standings.

Joan Barreda continues at the head of the leader-board in the Rally Dakar 2014, albeit by a lesser margin after momentarily losing his way and conceding several minutes to his rivals before getting back onto the right route. The Spanish rider from Castellón continues to shine on the Honda CRF450 RALLY, registering another fine performance from the outset, that saw him crossing the Chilecito finish-line sixth on the day.
The fourth stage started with a two-hour delay due to the difficulties inflicted upon the riders in the grueling outing of the previous day. Many bikes had lost their way, struggling to find the correct route until late into the night. Today’s second marathon leg to Chilecito, in the Argentine La Rioja region, similar to that of the previous day, was a mountainous affair with a lot of hard ground and rocks.
Paulo Gonçalves was able to claw back several places, after having got lost on the previous excursion, and thus being forced to start from a long way back in today’s race. He finished in seventh position. Fellow Portuguese Hélder Rodrigues lost time to his opponents too, coming in ninth. Sam Sunderland suffered some problems during the liaison, where his engine stopped which forced him to drop out. The team is looking into what happened. 

Laia Sanz, the female rider being supported by Honda on the pre-production version of the Honda CRF450 Rally, once again put in a fine performance today, with a repeat of yesterday's twenty-first position. Her team-mate from the Honda Argentina Rally Team, Pablo Rodriguez finished twenty-third.

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Joan Barreda   6th   +13'56   TEAM HRC
I was going well in the stage, until about 80 km from the end when I took a wrong turning after seeing a note at the river crossing. I’d spent a long time yesterday going over the roadbook which also indicated another way. I lost a lot of time. I went back to the same place, and then took the same wrong direction. I fell while I was trying to make up the lost time. But the good thing is that I’ve been able to salvage something out it... I lost a bit of time, but we continue to be ahead. Tomorrow is another day and we will try and rectify everything. 

Classifications Stage 4
1Joan Pedrero05:29'13ESPSHERCOSherco Rally Factory
2Chaleco López+00'29CHIKTMKTM Red Bull Rally Factory
3Marc Coma+03'10ESPKTMKTM Red Bull Rally Factory
4Jeremias Israel+06'30CHLSPEEDBRAINTeam Speedbrain
5Olivier Pain+07'01FRAYAMAHAYamaha Racing
6Joan Barreda+13'56ESPHONDATEAM HRC
7Paulo Goncalves+18'38PRTHONDATEAM HRC
8Ivan Jakes+19'30SLOKTMNad Ress Adventure
9Alain Duclos+23'10FRASHERCOSherco Rally Factory
10Daniel Gouet+24'38CHIHONDATamarugal Honda Racing XC Rally Team

General standings after Stage 4
1Joan Barreda13:39'53ESPHONDATEAM HRC
2Marc Coma+3'10ESPKTMKTM Red Bull Rally Factory
3Chaleco López+5'12CHIKTMKTM Red Bull Rally Factory
4Alain Duclos+25'25FRASHERCOSherco Rally Factory
5Olivier Pain+29'38FRAYAMAHAYamaha Racing
6Cyril Despres+41'17FRAYAMAHAYamaha Racing
7David Casteu+42'17FRAKTMTeam Casteu
8Jeremias Israel+46'33CHLSPEEDBRAINTeam Speedbrain
9Jordi Viladoms+49'14ESPGAS GASGas Gas JVO Team
10Kuba Przygonski+54'52POLKTMKTM Rally Factory


Stage 5: Chilecito-Tucumán
Liaison: 384 km            Special: 527 km            Total: 911 km

A sleepless night in Tucumán!

After two race days with completely separate routes, everyone will gather together to tackle the longest stage of the rally. They will need to be extremely resistant to overcome these two sections of the special stage which will primarily feature sand. All day long the competitors will make headway on off-piste sections: those who have poorly assessed the limits of their engine will constantly be on the verge of overheating and all the more so, as the region’s temperatures are generally very high. At the bivouac in Tucuman, the candidates for the podium will have been whittled down to a select few, as many of them will no longer be a part of this elite group. For many others, their timing and mechanical mishaps will only become apparent in the middle of the night.

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