Joan “Bang Bang” Barreda could well be the next “big thing” in the rally scene. The popular Spaniard started out in motocross, but his career never really took off in a spectacular fashion although, thanks to his talent and raw speed, Barreda made it all the way into the Motocross World Championship. Yet a combination of misfortune and injuries cost him dearly. Here we are, a decade later and the 29-year-old has become a major rally force to be reckoned with.
Rally mastermind Wolfgang Fischer became aware of Barreda in 2011 and decided to take him under his wings. The Spaniard felt right at home in his new environment and managed to kick-start his career all over. In 2012, Barreda entered the Dakar Rally for the second time and it did not take long for him to be carefully watched. He matched the pace of the leading Dakar riders and finished on the podium at four stages. And he eventually topped his stunning performance with a stage win.
Back in 2013, Barreda set about proving that his success was no flash in the pan. The Catalan rider shocked the world with four Dakar stage wins and incredible rides. If it hadn´t been for a huge setback due to mechanical gremlins, he would have undoubtedly ended on the overall podium. Further demonstrations of his riding abilities were shown before with victories at the Baja España Aragón and the Pharaons Rally in 2012.
|1993||Motocross Spanish Champion|
|1996||Motocross Spanish Champion|
|1998||Motocross Spanish Champion|
|2000||Motocross Spanish Champion|
|2001||Motocross Spanish Champion|
|2002/2003||Racing in MX world Championship 125|
|2011||First participation at Dakar rally|
|2012||Winner Baja Aragon, Winner Pharaons Rally, 11th overall at Dakar, 5th overall Cross Country rally World Championship|
|2013||17th overall Dakar with 4 stage wins|