Barreda loses Dakar lead with second speeding penalty

Joan Barreda has lost the lead of the Dakar Rally for a second time in as many days with another penalty for speeding on a road section.

Barreda loses Dakar lead with second speeding penalty
#6 Honda: Joan Barreda
Joan Barreda, Honda
#6 Honda: Joan Barreda
Paulo Goncalves
#2 Honda: Paulo Goncalves
Kevin Benavides
#47 Honda: Kevin Benavides

The Honda rider, after having been penalised by one minute on Tuesday evening, won the fourth stage of the rally by 1m49s from teammate Paulo Goncalves to surge back into the provisional lead of the overall standings.

But a five-minute speeding penalty for Barreda drops the Spaniard down to third in the standings, 3m03s behind newly-promoted stage winner Goncalves, with Kevin Benavides moving up to second.

"We are having problems with the radars, this when we push the gas to the maximum," Barreda told Motorsport.com. "We don't have to give a lot of importance to this, however, because we have had great pace.

"I fell behind a rider and that provoked me being trapped in the dust. But I'm still with the lead group and that's the important thing."

It means Barreda will not have to open the road for Thursday's 327km stage, which takes competitors across the Bolivian border into Uyuni, as he was set to prior to his penalty.

Revised standings after Stage 4:

Pos.No.Rider

Bike

Time/Gap
1 2

 Paulo Goncalves

Honda

10h35m17s
2 47

 Kevin Benavides

Honda

2m17s
3 6

 Joan Barreda

Honda

3m03s
4 5

 Stefan Svitko

KTM

5m22s
5 8

 Ruben Faria

Husqvarna

5m24s
6 14

 Matthias Walkner

KTM

7m08s
7 3

 Toby Price

KTM

7m56s
8 4

 Pablo Quintanilla

Husqvarna 8m22s
9 49  Antoine Meo

KTM

10m55s
10 20

 Alain Duclos

Sherco

11m11s
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