The Spanish Barreda wins the Dakar stage on motorcycles

In automobiles, Loeb received and Sainz stays greater than half an hour behind Al-Attiyah.

Joan Barreda, throughout the stage.Frank FifeAFP

the spanish Joan Barreda (Honda) achieved its first victory within the Dakar Rally 2023disputed in Saudi Arabiathis Wednesday within the fourth stage of the race, with Sebastien Loeb (Prodrive) beating the additionally French Stephane Peterhansel (Audi) within the automobile class.

Barreda completed with a 16-second benefit over the Chilean Paul Quintanilla (Honda) and 1 minute and 5 seconds over the American Skyler Howes (Husqvarna), in keeping with the provisional classification.

“The stage was lengthy and really demanding, off-road, plenty of camel grass and lengthy kilometers of standing on the motorbike. The day was not simple, it turned very lengthy, exhausting. Yet another day, but in addition one much less day,” he mentioned. quintanilla, main the race this Wednesday for a very long time. Barreda made a terrific comeback within the ultimate stretch to take his first stage of this version, the thirtieth in his file.

The particular had 573 kilometers round Hail, of which 425 had been taken into consideration for the classification. The sport of penalties and bonuses allowed the Australian daniel sanders (GasGas) retain first place within the provisional basic standings, with Howes in second, 3 minutes and 33 seconds behind, adopted by the Argentine kevin benavides, 4 minutes and 5 seconds. Barreda is fourth, 4 minutes and 30 seconds behind the primary place.

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Ranked 28 at 1 hour and 35 minutes from the primary at the beginning of this fourth stage, Loeb beat Peterhansel by 13 seconds, stopping ‘Monsieur Dakar‘ will obtain his fiftieth stage victory, in keeping with provisional outcomes.

This victory, once more within the dunes and sand after two rocky days, brings a bit of sunshine to the Prodrive crew after Orlanda Terranova returned to camp with again ache. His crew indicated that they seek the advice of with the physio earlier than deciding whether or not to proceed within the race.

Guerlain Chicheritwinner the day earlier than, suffered a mechanical drawback at kilometer 342 and needed to restore his automobile.

Within the provisional basic Toyota occupies the primary two locations: Qatar and defending champion Nasser Al-Attiyah he’s the chief with an 18 minute and 18 second lead over his Saudi teammate Yazeed Al-Rajhi.

The hybrid Audis occupy third and fourth locations, with Stphane Peterhansel (+18 minutes and 52 seconds) and Carlos Sainz (+32 minutes and 55 seconds).

On Thursday the fifth stage might be held once more in Hail, with a lap of 649 kilometers, 374 timed.