The Castellón Joan Barreda (Monster Energy Honda) ran out of gas at kilometer 267 of the eleventh stage of the Dakar rally 2021 after skipping the refueling point when leading the day. The one from Torreblanca was exposed to a “great penalty”, as the Dakar said, for having missed the first point of ‘refueling’, although finally, this serious error cost him even more expensive when he ran out of gasoline in his tank. motorcycle at kilometer 267 of the 464 of this Thursday’s special, the penultimate of the toughest event in the world.
The organization of Dakar Rally He had already announced minutes before that Joan was risking being penalized at the finish line or running out of gas. And finally, shortly after, the latter happened.
The Spanish driver started the penultimate day with the need to gamble if he wanted to have a chance of victory. Joan started the day in fifth place overall with 15.40 behind the race leader, his teammate Kevin Benavides. Therefore, he needed to go out for all. And so he did. He was three seconds behind the best, Quintanilla, at kilometer 127, but above all it was surprising to see him 88 kilometers later, passing through the checkpoint at km 215, in first position with a huge advantage of up to 7.55 over Sunderland and putting 9’36 ”on Kevin. It seemed that he could give a tremendous blow in the general classification to aspire to the leadership, since the entire second part of the stage remained. However, later came the clarification of the organization of the Dakar, announcing that Joan had skipped the first point of ‘refueling’. The Dakar ended for Barreda with another disappointment for him in an edition in which exhibiting his enormous speed hurt him.
Joan equaled in the sixth stage of this edition the record of 27 triumphs of the historical Jordi Arcarons as the Spanish rider with the most victories in the Dakar on motorcycles, but this made him open too many track days and lose valuable time in the general classification that the Spaniard could not make up in the second week of the race. Once again, Barreda proved to be one of the fastest drivers in the bivouac. However, the Dakar made it clear to him once again that to win this race it is not enough to be the fastest. It is about strategy, about playing with the starting positions, about navigation, about managing one’s own race and making as few mistakes as possible. Again, the Dakar was cruel to ‘Bang Bang’.