WIN FOR BARREDA ON STAGE 10
Joan Barreda puts his bad luck behind him to win stage 10 while Marc Coma extends his rally lead
Joan Barreda wanted a stage win on the road to Cachi to put several days of bad luck behind him. Pushing hard, the HRC Honda rider claimed a much needed win.
Joan Barreda, frustrated by a streak of bad luck, which ended his overall ambitions for victory was determined to grab as many stage wins as possible to finish the Dakar in style.
“I got off to a great start this morning. Everything fell into place. It was easy because there wasn’t much in the way of navigation. It was basically a main track you had to follow,” told Barreda.
“It’s a pity, what happened in Uyuni, on the salt lake. I was in the lead, the toughest part was behind us, the odds were stacked in my favour.”
The Spaniard claimed his third win since the start in Buenos Aires after setting a strong pace throughout the entire special and finished one minute and 39 seconds ahead of Marc Coma.
“Each stage has its share of difficulties,” explained Coma. “This morning we were still at very high altitudes. The temperature in the link section was -10 °C. This really saps your energy, whether you like it or not.”
“The stage itself was relatively easy, even fun. We had rain and mud in some section, no big deal… I’m really taking things one stage at a time. This is an endurance race, a stamina race, and you have to take things one at a time.”
Coma himself was the other big winner of today’s stage, as he increased the gap separating him from his closest rivals.
Paulo Gonçalves – closest rival to Coma – had to settle for fifth, conceding an extra two minutes to his KTM foe. Eighth-placed Pablo Quintanilla lost even more ground and now holds a wafer-thin margin over the solid Toby Price, fourth today at 2 minutes and 14 seconds.
Ruben Faria also had a good day on the saddle, clocking the third fastest time, just like sixth-placed Štefan Svitko.
Juan Pedrero, on the other hand, lost heaps of time towards the end.
It was a great day for Hans Vogels who bagged a top ten result.
Laia Sanz – 12th – maintains her position of eighth overall.
Depite bad weather, late starts and ripped up tracks, the Pavey’s are still hanging tough. Llel and Si are 65th and 66th overall.