Dakar 2013 – Husqvarna Rallye Team Joan Barreda

Third victory for Barreda and Husqvarna Rallye Team by Speedbrain

Joan Barreda landed a victory in the second leg of the Marathon  stage, which ran from Cachi to San Miguel de Tucuman. A heavy rainfall  in the night forced the organizers to reprogram a shorter than planned  stage, and cancel the first part of the special test, leaving only the  final 183 km (114 miles).

Joan Barreda on the Husqvarna TE449RR by Speedbrain notched up his  third stage victory so far in this

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, equalling Chilean Lopez as  the rider with most stage victories to date. Barreda stormed his way  through a tough, technical special, making an excellent interpretation  of the course, whilst imposing a seven minute advantage over his  nearest rival. Noteworthy too, was the performance of Portuguese  privateer Bianchi Prata aboard a standard TE449, a result which  further evidences the excellent competitive edge that the 449 has in  the rally. Goncalves and Botturi, on the other hand, made a  navigational blunder as they followed the main leader’s group down a  mistaken route. Jordi Viladoms is still in with a shout; he restarted  today after yesterday’s long delay and came in twenty-first on the day.

After eight stages and around 4000 km of racing, the Dakar caravan  gets a well-deserved day of rest tomorrow. But there’s still another  4000 km to go before Santiago…

Joan Barreda :”After a couple of days in which just about everything  has happened to me, this is a really important victory! Winning again  is vital for me and for the whole team. I was up with Despres, but 50  km from the finish I saw that he had taken the wrong route, so I  halted and then decided to take another path, and that led to victory. “

Alessandro Botturi: “I was unable to find the right route. A whole  load of us arrived at that point about a 110 km into the special.  Besides the track was really dangerous. Anyway, we are only at the  halfway point, and I’m happy with the way things have gone up until now.”

Wolfgang Fischer: “We are halfway through the race and we have won  three out of the eight stages. Barreda has shown again today just how  valuable he is, and how mature he is, especially with navigation. It’s  a real shame that he won’t be battling for a place at the top of the  leader board after the setbacks of a couple of days ago. But there’s  still a long way to go…”

Eighth Stage Result Dakar 2013:

  • 1. Joan Barreda (ESP, Husqvarna Rallye Team by Speedbrain)
  • 2.Campbell (USA, Honda) 7’04”
  • 3.Jakes (KTM) 7’57”
  • 4. Bianchi Prata (Husqvarna) 11’10”
  • 21.Viladoms (Spa, Husqvarna) 18’42”
  • 22. Fish (AUS, Husqvarna Rallye Team by Speedbrain) 19’08”
  • 28. Busquets (Husqvarna) 21’21”
  • 39. Paulo Goncalves (PRT, Husqvarna Rallye Team by Speedbrain) 24’22”
  • 52. Pavey Simon (Husqvarna) 27’01”
  • 53. Alessandro Botturi (ITA, Husqvarna Rallye Team by Speedbrain) 27’19”

Overall Standings After Eight Stages Dakar 2013:

  • 1. Casteau (F, Yamaha) 2. Despres (FRA, KTM) 9’26”
  • 3.Faria (P, KTM) 11’16”
  • 4.Lopez (Chile, KTM) 12’00”
  • 5.Pain (Yamaha) 16’10”
  • 13.Alessandro Botturi (ITA, Husqvarna Rallye Team by Speedbrain) 36’47”
  • 24.Paulo Goncalves (PRT, Husqvarna Rallye Team by Speedbrain) 1h41’40”
  • 41.Joan Barreda (ESP, Husqvarna Rallye Team by Speedbrain) 3h26’40”
  • 48.Viladoms (ESP, Husqvarna) 7h48’2
  • 71.Matt Fish (AUS, Husqvarna Rallye Team by Speedbrain) 22h39’22”
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