Dakar Bikes, Stage 3: Barreda bounces back to take overall lead

Honda's Joan Barreda made up ground after a quiet Stage 2 performance by sweeping Stage 3 of the Dakar Rally, taking the overall lead in the process.

Barreda was three minutes off the lead after Monday, but led at every waypoint in a likewise shortened Tuesday stage, taking first place in the general classification at the finish line.

With Stage 2 frontrunners Ruben Faria and Toby Price off the pace and dropping down the order, the runner-up spot now belongs to KTM's Stefan Svitko, 14 seconds off Barreda.

However, the Slovakian was only fifth through the stage itself, behind impressive Argentinian newcomer Kevin Benavides, who ran Barreda close for the lead, and Jorge Goncalves, completing a Honda 1-2-3 for the day - with enduro star Antoine Meo finishing as best of the rest.

Pablo Quintanilla is now the lead Husqvarna in the classification, having finished the stage in sixth ahead of Prologue star Adrien van Beveren, Gerard Farres, Alain Duclos and Matthias Walkner.

Standings after Stage 3:

Pos.No.Rider

Bike

Time/Gap
1 6

Joan Barreda

Honda

6h26m50s
2 5

Stefan Svitko

KTM

14s
3 47

Kevin Benavides

Honda

48s
4 2

Paulo Goncalves

Honda

1m08s
5 20

Alain Duclos

Sherco

1m10s
6 14

Matthias Walkner

KTM

1m47s
7 4

Pablo Quintanilla

Husqvarna

2m38s
8 8

 Ruben Faria

Husqvarna

3m57s
9 17 Joan Pedrero

Sherco

4m33s
10 3

Toby Price

KTM

5m03s

 

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Series Dakar
Event Dakar 2016
Sub-event Stage 3: Termas de Río Hondo - Jujuy
Drivers Joan Barreda
Article type Stage report
Tags bike