Barreda took a big chunk out of his deficit to overall leader Marc Coma today.
"Bang Bang" Barreda dominated today´s over 600 kilometre long stage from Iquique to Antofagasta, as he captured his fourth victory of the Dakar 2014. He shortened the gap to overall leader Marc Coma by 11:26 minutes.
#3 Honda: Joan Barreda
Joan Barreda: "This is an important stage victory. I am happy I could make up time today. In the beginning I could not find a very good rhythm, but once I was inside the dune section things went well and I could run a consistently fast pace. My navigation went well also. I was cautious in the fesh-fesh sections and doing okay to avoid the dust. No real problems there. I am happy for my teammate Helder Rodrigues and his second place today. Now let´s stay focused for tomorrow, which brings the longest special stage of the rally. My friend Jeremias Israel had an awesome race until his crash happened. I feel sorry for him and do wish him a speedy and full recovery."