Joan “Bang Bang” Barreda wins the 10th stage of the Dakar, from Cordoba-La Rioja with a special test of 222 miles (357 km). With this, his fourth stage victory, the rider who hails from Castellon, Spain, becomes the most honored rider so far in the competition. Barreda, on his Husqvarna TE449RR by Speedbrain, showed once again that not only did he have the speed but also the skill to dominate every type of terrain. Starting behind Cyril Despres this morning, Barreda eased his way through the course, catching up with Despres near the end of the special test. If it wasn’t for Barrreda’s mechanical problems — two 15 minute penalties for engine changes and a last place result in the fifth stage after fuel pump problems — he would be competing for an overall victory.
Paulo Goncalves, took the podium in third, 2’44” behind Barreda, after having fought back from seventh position at this morning’s start-line.
Botturi was unlucky with his seventh place finish after spending most of the special in third position, but a fall hampered his progress and he dropped down to seventh, finishing 8’05” behind his winning teammate. Botturi remains in fifth overall place, 24’25” behind leader Despres in the overall leader-board.
Tomorrow sees the much feared La Rioja–Fiambalà stage with some 300 miles (483 kms) of special test and scorching temperatures expected.
Joan Barreda: ”Today I’m really pleased with my fourth victory in this Dakar. I rode very well today, very cleanly and didn’t take any risks once the special got going.”
Paulo Goncalves: ”I was ready to attack right from the word go, but I had a lot of trouble trying to get past Faria and Jakes. It was a great day nevertheless. It was a really enjoyable stage to ride, almost like an enduro course with all the different types of ground.
Alessandro Botturi: “I was in third place until halfway through the special, and I felt great, but then I hit a rock as I took a curve, lost my balance and fell. I hurt my pinky quite badly, I hope that it’s not broken.”
Tenth Stage Results:
1. Joan Barreda (ESP, Husqvarna Rallye Team by Speedbrain
2. Despres (F, KTM) 1’15”
3. Paulo Goncalves (PRT, Husqvarna Rallye Team by Speedbrain) 2’44”
4. Pedrero (S, KTM) 4’27”
5. Caselli ( USA, KTM) 6’56”
7. Alessandro Botturi (ITA, Husqvarna Rallye Team by Speedbrain) 8’05”
25. Bianchi Prata ( PRT, Husqvarna) 27’14”
29. Jordi Viladoms ( Spain, Husqvarna)
43. Alex Busquets (Spain, Husqvarna)
79. Fish (AUS, Husqvarna Rallye Team By Speedbrain)
Overall Standings After Ten Stages:
1. Despres (FRA, KTM)
2. Faria (P, KTM) 2) 1’37”
3. Lopez (Cile, KTM) 13’41”
4. Jakes (Slo,KTM) 18’21”
5. Alessandro Botturi (ITA, Husqvarna Rallye Team by Speedbrain) 24’25”
17. Paulo Goncalves (PRT, Husqvarna Rallye Team by Speedbrain) 1h29’57”
30. Joan Barreda (ESP, Husqvarna Rallye Team by Speedbrain) 3h11’40”
80+. Matt Fish (AUS, Husqvarna Rallye Team by Speedbrain) 24h27’21”