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Dakar 2013: Stage 12, Barreda Takes Third

Dakar 2013: Stage 12, Barreda Takes Third

High speeds throughout and a lot of navigation made the 12th stage of the Dakar, from Fiambala to Copiapo a tough one. Joan Barreda proved to be the best of the Husqvarna Team by Speedbrain taking third place on the day, and bringing the team its 10th podium place out of the 12 stages competedContinue Reading »

Dakar 2013: Stage 11, Goncalves on the Podium Again

Dakar 2013: Stage 11, Goncalves on the Podium Again

Paulo Goncalves took second place in the much-feared La Rioja to Fiambalà stage of the Dakar 2013. The Portuguese rider rode an error-free race on the TE449RR by Speedbrain which handled the sandy terrain perfectly. Gonclaves thus moves up to eleventh place on the overall leader-board. Botturi too, put in a valiant effort struggling throughoutContinue Reading »

Dakar 2013: Stage 10, Barreda Wins His Fourth

Dakar 2013: Stage 10, Barreda Wins His Fourth

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 againContinue Reading »

Dakar 2013: Stage 9, Barreda Second and Botturi Third

Dakar 2013: Stage 9, Barreda Second and Botturi Third

Dakar participants got back underway after a rest day yesterday. Riders had taken a break in their hotels in San Miguel de Tucuman in Argentina while mechanics and technicians worked in the hot and muggy weather on their four Husqvarna TE499RR motorcycles to prepare them for the continuation of the rally. Joan Barreda picked upContinue Reading »

Dakar 2013: Stage 8, Third Victory for “Bang Bang” Barreda

Dakar 2013: Stage 8, Third Victory for “Bang Bang” Barreda

Joan “Bang Bang” 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 114 milesContinue Reading »

Dakar 2013: Stage 7, The Marathon Starts

Dakar 2013: Stage 7, The Marathon Starts

The 135-mile (218-km) first segment of the Dakar 2013’s only marathon stage, won’t be remembered by the riders as a particularly special one. The stage presented no particular difficulties other than the dust and a navigation-heavy beginning which saw the riders approach the race with a calm and prudent attitude. The special test, at moreContinue Reading »

Dakar 2013: Stage 6, Botturi Keeps Up with the Leaders

Dakar 2013: Stage 6, Botturi Keeps Up with the Leaders

Dakar gets tough now with three tricky stages ahead of the January 13th rest day at San Miguel de Tucuman. Today saw 284 miles (454 km) of special test split into two sections. Alessandro Botturi really pushed his Husqvarna TE449RR by Speedbrain hard finishing just behind the leaders in fifth place. Botturi, however, slips downContinue Reading »

Dakar 2013: Stage 5, Barreda Drops from Fourth to 54th

Dakar 2013: Stage 5, Barreda Drops from Fourth to 54th

The Dakar moved into Chile’s Arica desert for the fifth stage covering a slow and cumbersome  257 miles (411 km) with 85 miles (136km) of special test. It almost seemed like an enduro race. In fact, it was enduro rider Alessandro Botturi who showed his true colors bringing the Husqvarna Rallye Team by Speedbrain aContinue Reading »

Dakar 2013: Stage 4, Barreda Dominates!

Dakar 2013: Stage 4, Barreda Dominates!

Joan Barreda commanded a particularly hazardous fourth stage of the Dakar, Nazca – Arequipa with 180 miles (289 km) of special test, which covered all types of terrain, and was made difficult by the “fesh-fesh” dust. The Spaniard on the Husqvarna TE449RR by Speedbrain battled his way to an eight-minute lead over his nearest rivalContinue Reading »

Dakar 2013: Stage 3, Goncalves Gets on the Podium

Dakar 2013: Stage 3, Goncalves Gets on the Podium

Husqvarna Rallye Team by Speedbrain notched up another noteworthy performance. Nazca, one of Peru’s most famous archaeological cities played host to today’s stage, where it was the turn of Paulo Goncalves to take the podium in second place just seconds behind winner Lopez. Goncalves would have been in third overall place were it not forContinue Reading »