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Dakar 2012, The Finish: 6 Podiums, 1 Stage Victory

Dakar 2012, The Finish: 6 Podiums, 1 Stage Victory

The 2012 Rally Dakar is finished with the Husqvarna Rallye Team by Speedbrain managing an 11th place by Joan Barreda in the final standings. While not the overall result the team was looking to achieve, the team did well in their debut event on new motorcycles. If not for what the team is calling anContinue Reading »

Dakar 2012, Stage 13: Two in the Top Five Again

Dakar 2012, Stage 13: Two in the Top Five Again

The penultimate stage of the Dakar 2012 provided one more strong result for the Husqvarna Rallye Team by Speedbrain. Joan Barreda and Paulo Goncalves finished not far behind the winner in what was the final demanding test of this year’s race. Barreda and Goncalves were understandably aiming at a top score. They both delivered. JoanContinue Reading »

Dakar 2012, Stage 12: Success in the Dunes

Dakar 2012, Stage 12: Success in the Dunes

The Husqvarna Rallye Team by Speedbrain brought two riders into the top five at stage 12 of the Rally Dakar 2012. Joan Barreda was battling with his fellow countryman Marc Coma for the victory. Coma finally arrived at the finish in Nasca first, 2:43 minutes ahead of Barreda. Paulo Goncalves, still frustrated with yesterday’s juryContinue Reading »

Dakar 2012, Stage 11: Barreda Issued Six-Hour Penalty for Mystery Help

Dakar 2012, Stage 11: Barreda Issued Six-Hour Penalty for Mystery Help

Stage 11 of the Dakar 2012 provided mixed feelings for the Husqvarna Rallye Team by Speedbrain. Joan Barreda scored yet another top five result but Paulo Goncalves’ battle for an overall podium is over following a decision by the race jury, which the team finds incomprehensible. Goncalves received a six-hour penalty and is now positionedContinue Reading »

Dakar 2012, Stage 10: Stage Win for Husqvarna Team

Dakar 2012, Stage 10: Stage Win for Husqvarna Team

Joan Barreda and the Husqvarna Rallye Team by Speedbrain celebrated a win at stage 10 of the Rally Dakar 2012 — a 431 mile run with 234-mile special test stage from Iquique to Arica, Chile. Barreda managed to close the gap to his fellow countryman Marc Coma right after the start. He was able toContinue Reading »

Dakar 2012, Stage 9: Strong Results for Barreda and Goncalves

Dakar 2012, Stage 9: Strong Results for Barreda and Goncalves

Being the longest special of the rally, stage nine of the Dakar 2012 was expected to be a crucial day. The Husqvarna Rallye Team by Speedbrain enjoyed a great day with Joan Barreda and Paulo Goncalves both finishing inside the top five. Barreda made up a lot of ground in the standings and Goncalves movedContinue Reading »

Dakar 2012, Stage 8: Full Throttle with Mixed Results

Dakar 2012, Stage 8: Full Throttle with Mixed Results

Stage eight of the Dakar 2012 saw mixed results for the Husqvarna Rallye Team by Speedbrain. Joan Barreda was fighting for another podium finish before ending the day in fourth. Paulo Goncalves meanwhile had a difficult stage. Lying fourth overall in the morning, the Portuguese lost one place. He was finally content to complete today’sContinue Reading »

Dakar 2012, Stage 7: Moving Up at the Halfway Point

Dakar 2012, Stage 7: Moving Up at the Halfway Point

The Bavarian-Italian Husqvarna Rallye Team by Speedbrain has reached the halfway point of the Dakar 2012 with Paulo Goncalves now in fourth place after another podium finish. Ahead of a rest day, the team raced in the seventh stage which started and ended in Copiapo, Chile after a 356-mile loop with a 260-mile special test. GoncalvesContinue Reading »

Dakar 2012, Stage 5: Improving Results (Stage 6, Cancelled)

Dakar 2012, Stage 5: Improving Results (Stage 6, Cancelled)

Overnight rain before the start of stage five gave the organizers extra work. Some areas in the second part of the special test were flooded and made the course dangerous. The special test had to be shortened to 116 miles from the original 165 planned. Not all went perfectly for the Husqvarna Rallye Team byContinue Reading »

Dakar 2012, Stage 4: Goncalves Gaining Ground

Dakar 2012, Stage 4: Goncalves Gaining Ground

Paulo Goncalves finished the fourth stage of the 2012 Dakar in fifth position and moved from seventh to sixth in the overall standings. The Husqvarna Rallye Team by Speedbrain rider gained valuable time against his closest rivals, as everyone endured a long and difficult test through the Rioja canyons. The stage totaled 435 miles withContinue Reading »