On the longest in the Dakar special stage, Joan Barreda placed second and Alessandro Botturi took third.
Alessandro Botturi too, ran a spectacular race on his TE449RR by Speebrain coming in third right behind team-mate Joan. In doing so Alessandro managed to close the gap, moving up to fifth overall place on the leader-board.
A great day in the office for the Husqvarna Rallye Team by Speedbrain was rounded off with a seventh place for Paulo Goncalves, who also did a fine job in pulling back positions.
Joan Barreda: ”A really tough and dangerous stage. The ground was so slippery that it would have been really easy to fall. I open up the road coming across every type of animal imaginable; cows, horse, birds, and every time I had to slow down to avoid hitting anything. I’m pleased with the second place. With my hand the way it is I couldn’t do any more.”
Alessandro Botturi: "Starting from that far back I was confronted with an incredible amount of dust. I pushed hard from the start and I’m happy with the way that it went. This was my stage. If I had started amongst the leaders, I’d have won the race."
Paulo Goncalves: ”I rode well in the first part and I was, in fact, in fifth place at the end of the first leg. Then it was simply too dangerous to push hard, so I sat back and tried not to make any mistakes.”
Wolfgang Fischer: “Congratulations to our riders for a job well done in this, the longest stage of the rally. We’re really pleased that Alessandro is making ground on the leaders in the overall standings.”
Husqvarna Rallye Team by Speedbrain