Monster Energy Honda Team got the 2017 Baja Aragón off to a flying start with Joan Barreda romping home in first place and team-mate Michael Metge, third in the curtain-raising event.

Joan Barreda – his Honda CRF450 emblazoned with the number one – scorched his way through the short nine-kilometre prologue to clinch victory with a six second advantage over the nearest second-place rival.

Michael Metge, who had finished third overall last year, also kept up a cracking pace on the Honda CRF450 RALLY, posting third on the day some fifteen seconds behind his Monster Energy Honda Team companion.

Tomorrow will see two special sectors with a total of 350 kilometres to run.

Joan Barreda

PROLOG: 1st OVERALL: 1st

We’ve won the prologue and I’m happy about that as the prologues are always complicated as there is such a lot of sprinting involved. I had to stay very focused over the first few kilometres and after I was able to let go a bit. The bike went really well and the sensations are good. Now it’s time to start thinking about the upcoming stages and find a steady pace which will allow us to ride some good stages.

Michael Metge

PROLOG: 3rd OVERALL: 3rd

The prologue always brings some pressure as the first part of the race is crucial. I had to attack right from the get-go and not make any mistakes in this super special. I thought that I might have had a slight clutch issue but in the end it was nothing and I was able to finish in a good third position, which I think will be great for tomorrow’s stage.

2017 Season
Prologue   Baja

Prologue results

Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Barreda Joan SPA Monster Energy Honda Team Honda 4'54.4
2 Cervantes Iván SPA Himoinsa Team KTM +5.9
3 Metge Michael FRA Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +15.3
4 Pedrero Joan SPA Sherco TVS Rally Factory Sherco +20.5
5 Solà Marc SPA Himoinsa Team KTM +27.3
6 Adrià David SPA Pont Grup Yamaha JVO Yamaha +29.0
7 Metge Adrien FRA Sherco TVS Rally Factory Sherco +33.5
8 España Cristian AND Team CE Rally KTM +35.8
9 Arana Txomin SPA GOR Sport Husqvarna +35.8
10 Asensio Héctor SPA Asensio Racing Team KTM +38.9
Location Information

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Records

Winner 2017 Joan Barreda
Winner 2016 Joan Barreda
Winner 2015 Gerard Farrés
Winner 2014 Gerard Farrés
Winner 2013 Joan Barreda
Winner 2012 Joan Barreda