Thursday, December 2

Terrible Spanish day at the Dakar Rally

In endurance tests, whether there is a motor or not, there always comes a day when things do not go as one would like, they go wrong and then there is no choice but not to lose nerves and concentration to give as little time as possible to the rivals. This is what happened this Tuesday to the two main Spanish assets in the Dakar Rally, Carlos Sainz, in cars, and Joan Barreda, in the motorcycle section. A day in both cases to forget.

Sainz, at the wheel of his Mini, he had the misfortune to get lost, with what he handed over to the Qatari pilot Nasser Al Attica, winner of the third stage, 31 minutes, which moved to fourth place overall, 33 minutes behind the category leader and brand partner, the French Stephane Peterhansel.

“It was not a good day”

“It was not a good day but even so we are only in the third stage. We got lost at a certain moment, and then we had to find the right route,” the Madrid rider, the last winner of the race, explained briefly in Arabia, very upset by the mishap that separates him, at least temporarily, from the duel for the first place they hold Peterhansel and Al Attica, two very experienced pilots.

Joan BarredaFor his part, he suffered the burden of having to open the track in a stage that covered 403 kilometers, since already at the first timing point the pilot from Castellón gave up 8 minutes and, little by little, he was accumulating delay over the rest of the favorites in the motorcycle section. In the end he reached the goal accumulating a loss of more than 25 minutes compared to the winner of the day, which was the Australian Toby’s Price, winner of the Dakar in 2016 and 2019, who beat Argentine Kevin Benavides in more than three minutes, in what was the most intense duel of the day in the motorcycle category.

Barreda, eighth

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On the first day of competition, Price and Benavides kept a pulse to get the victory that was opted for the Australian side. In the general classification, the American Skyler Howes (KTM), fourth of the third stage 7 minutes behind Price, is the new leader. Due to the accumulated problems in this third stage, Barreda fell to eighth place in the general classification and is now classified eighth with 8 minutes behind Howes.

This Wednesday, the competitors will start the longest stage of this 43rd edition of the Dakar, with a total of 813 kilometers taking into account the junction stages of the day.

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