Barreda loses Dakar lead due to speeding penalty

Honda's Joan Barreda has been demoted from first place to third in the overall standings in Dakar Rally 2016's bike category.

Barreda moved into the lead at the end of Stage 3 after recording the quickest time of the day.

However, he picked up a one-minute penalty for speeding on the non-timed road section, giving up first place overall to Stefan Svitko.

He was also passed by fellow Honda rider Kevin Benavides - and the Dakar debutant inherited a maiden stage win as a result.

The 2016 Dakar has seen a large number of speeding infringements, which contributed to a significant amount of penalties handed out to the field - with 21 of the current top 30 having already received additional time.

With Svitko moving into the lead, four riders are now within a minute of the pacesetter heading into Stage 4 - Benavides, Barreda, Jorge Goncalves and Alain Duclos.

Additional reporting by Luis Ramirez

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Series Dakar
Event Dakar 2016
Drivers Stefan Svitko , Joan Barreda , Kevin Benavides
Article type Breaking news
Tags bike