EENY MEENY MINY MOE TO DECIDE DAKAR!
Strange scenes greeted competitors at the end of stage seven on the Dakar Rally when HRC Honda teammates sat down to a game of “eeny meeny miny moe” to decide the fate of Joan Barreda’s race.*
Barreda – the current leader in this year’s Dakar Rally – was dealt a cruel blow 120 kilometres from the end of the stage in Bolivia when a crash resulted in a broken set of handlebars.
Incredibly, Barreda carried on to not only finish the stage in 12th but also maintain his overall lead in the rally – dropping just six minutes to closest rival Marc Coma in the process.
“The handlebars were damaged, so I had to do the last 120 kilometres just with the right hand – it wasn’t easy,” told Barreda.
There are some things duct tape just won’t fix…
But with stage seven also marking the opening leg of the crucial marathon stage – and with no outside assistance available from his HRC mechanics – riders were left to fend for themselves.
“We are now at the marathon stage, we are a great team and we will solve the problem with my teammates,” confirmed Barreda.
With only the options of “eeny meeny miny moe” or “short straw” available to decide who would offer up their handlebars, the popular children’s counting rhyme was swiftly called into action.
Unfortunately, at the time of writing, who landed on “moe” still remains unclear.
*This article is not intended to be taken seriously, merely just making light of a difficult situation. Hat’s off to Barreda for his herculean effort at riding one handed for 120km.