The Dakar Rally
Stage 5 : From Erg Chebbi to Oued El Mader
Total stage: 349 km / Special stage: 310 km
Joan Barreda took the honors in the fifth stage of the OiLibya Morocco Rally, the third so far in this race and the fifth consecutive victory for the Honda CRF450 RALLY which is proving to be of the highest level winning everything since the competition began. The Spanish rider showed himself to be on top form and in doing so returns to the top of the overall leaderboard. His TEAM HRC team-mate, Paulo Gonçalves finished a tricky stage but manages to keep his title hopes alive as we go into tomorrow’s special, the last of the rally.
Spanish rider Joan Barreda’s victory came after the longest stage so far in the rally. Today turned out to be a tough ride for all the team due to a particularly dusty special on route to the dunes. Barreda really put the Honda CRF450 RALLY through its paces to take the best time, some 4 minutes 15 seconds ahead of TEAM HRC team-mate Sam Sunderland. The second place gives the British rider his best result so far in the rally.
Paulo Gonçalves did an impeccable job of keeping his nearest rival in the championship in check. He started out first today, opening the way, and only managed to concede 2'26”. The Portuguese rider is now right behind Barreda in the overall standings. Team-mate Hélder Rodrigues finished in seventh place after starting the special from third position.
Javier Pizzolito was unable to start this morning after the race doctor ruled him out of rally. Yesterday’s fall caused Javier to suffer a perforated muscle in his left leg.
|1||Joan Barreda (TEAM HRC) 3h 17'35|
|2||Sam Sunderland (TEAM HRC) +04'15|
|3||Marc Coma (KTM) +04'23|
|4||Chaleco López (KTM) +05'39|
|5||Paulo Goncalves (TEAM HRC) +06'49|
|7||Helder Rodrigues (TEAM HRC) +08'14|
|60||Javier Pizzolito (TEAM HRC) +98h 42'25|
|1||Joan Barreda (TEAM HRC) 14h 32'45|
|2||Paulo Goncalves (TEAM HRC) +04'39|
|3||Marc Coma (KTM) +04'53|
|4||Chaleco López (KTM) +15'57|
|5||Sam Sunderland (TEAM HRC) +16'40|
|35||Helder Rodrigues (TEAM HRC) +10h 05'06|
|57||Javier Pizzolito (TEAM HRC) +99h 11'06|