Dakar Bikes, Stage 4: Barreda back in the lead with another win

Honda rider Joan Barreda has retaken the lead of the Dakar Rally with his second win of the event on Wednesday's marathon stage.

After winning Stage 3 on Tuesday, Barreda was denied the overall lead when he was awarded a one-minute speeding penalty for speeding in a road section, dropping him to third behind Stefan Svitko and Kevin Benavides - who inherited his first ever Dakar stage win as a result.

But Barreda dominated Stage 4, a loop starting and ending in San Salvador de Jujuy, surpassing Honda teammate Paulo Goncalves at the second checkpoint and dominating the remainder of the 429km test.

He ended up 1m49s clear at the finish, and now has a 1m57s cushion at the head of the overall standings. Stage runner-up Goncalves moves up to second, with Benavides, fourth on the day, maintaining a Honda 1-2-3 four minutes adrift of Barreda.

Ruben Faria was best of the non-Hondas on the stage in third, the Husqvarna rider moving from eighth to fifth in the overall standings, two seconds behind overnight leader Svitko (KTM).

Opening the road, the Slovakian was the biggest loser of the stage, losing eight minutes to Barreda and dropping to fifth overall. Alain Duclos was another rider to suffer, losing 13 minutes.

The Sherco rider has dropped to 10th behind the works KTM trio of Matthias Walkner, Toby Price and Dakar rookie Antoine Meo, as well as the second factory Husqvarna rider Pablo Quintanilla.

Standings after Stage 4:

Pos.No.Rider

Bike

Time/Gap
1 6

 Joan Barreda

Honda

10h33m20s
2 2

 Paulo Goncalves

Honda

1m57s
3 47

 Kevin Benavides

Honda

4m14s
4 5

 Stefan Svitko

KTM

7m19s
5 8

 Ruben Faria

Husqvarna

7m21s
6 14

 Matthias Walkner

KTM

9m05s
7 3

 Toby Price

KTM

9m53s
8 4

 Pablo Quintanilla

Husqvarna 10m19s
9 49  Antoine Meo

KTM

12m52s
10 20

 Alain Duclos

Sherco

13m08s

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Series Dakar
Event Dakar 2016
Sub-event Stage 4: Jujuy - Jujuy
Drivers Paulo Goncalves , Joan Barreda
Article type Stage report
Tags bike