Joan Barreda (Honda), winner of the second stage of the Dakar Rally and new leader of the motorcycle general, has recognized that “today I had to go out and give it my all.”
“After yesterday’s hard day, where we lost a lot of time with the problems we had with the GPS, especially in the first part of the stage, today I had to go out and give it my all,” said the pilot from Castellón.
Barreda explained that he knew that the terrain of this Monday’s special, of 457 kilometers, “was dangerous”, but he has managed to keep “calm in the most complicated situations and, in the end, a very good stage has come out”. celebrated.
The man from Castellón leads the motorcycle classification with a cushion of 6 minutes and 23 seconds over the last champion, the American Ricky Brabec (Honda).
Both are waiting for the organization to pronounce on the problem they had in the first stage, due to a mismatch between the GPS and the road book that made them lose 15 minutes. Barreda claimed compensation for the lost time.