The final stage in Río Cuarto has brought the Dakar Rally challenge to a close. Monster Energy Honda Team commanded throughout, winning half the stages disputed. Both Joan Barreda – winner of four stages – and Paulo Gonçalves finished among the top riders overall.

The short special stage in Río Cuarto, which wraps up the Dakarian odyssey, did little to change the overnight leaderboard positions. Joan Barreda was the quickest of the Monster Energy Honda Team with a third-place finish on the podium in Buenos Aires. Paulo Gonçalves finished the dusty seventy-kilometre stage in fifth, with Michael Metge ninth.

The overall standings barely reflect the real story, where the Honda CRF450 RALLY was triumphant in half of the stages and dominated over the entire fortnight. Joan Barreda and Paulo Gonçalves’s overall positions were heavily compromised by a one-hour penalty apiece, for an entry in the rulebook that invited different interpretations. Without the sanction, the overall result would have reflected the squad’s clear domination on the track. Monster Energy Honda Team comes away from the event the clear moral victor.

The provisional final rally rankings leave Joan Barreda in fifth position, some 43’08” behind the winner Sam Sunderland to whom the team wish to congratulate. Paulo Gonçalves, posted sixth overall some 52’29” adrift of the first Briton to have won the competition. Michael Metge rounded out the team result with a fourteenth position.

The team wishes to highlight the fine work done by Honda South America Rally Team, whose Argentinean rider Franco Caimi took eighth overall position. In a similar fashion to the result of Team HRC’s Kevin Benavides last year, Caimi picked up the prize for Rookie of the Year.

Joan Barreda 11

STAGE: 3rd, +0'18 OVERALL: 5th, +43'08

The end of the rally has arrived and the sensation that you’ve spent the whole year working towards this race. Here, I did everything that I could, but we were unable to reach the goal. But from the inside the feeling is a good one. I feel calm because I’ve given it my best shot and have done the best that I possibly could. Over the whole year I’ve worked really hard and that shows. Last year we made some changes to get to the Dakar even stronger and these have been very positive: we have developed a really magnificent bike which hasn’t given the slightest problem throughout the race and the team has worked really well together. Ricky has taken a giant leap forward; Mika was always very close and Paulo was always in the top positions. We have a really strong team and we have to be pleased about that.

Paulo Goncalves 17

STAGE: 5th, +1'25 OVERALL: 6th, +52'29

We have finished the Dakar 2017 and we are very happy with the work that HRC have done and the results that we have achieved throughout the year. The only thing that is not right is the final result which wasn’t what we deserved. We will have to look into what happened, but we know how to win it now. We would have finished in first and second place, if it hadn’t been for the penalty and the only thing is that we will have to wait another year for the Dakar. I wish to thank the whole team as we would have clinched a one-two without the sanction, which was our aim.

Michael Metge 15

STAGE: 9th, +3'01 OVERALL: +2:38'32

Today was the final special. They had told us that it would be a simple special and flat. But it was nothing like it. We started out thirty seconds apart and an enormous dust-cloud blew up and it was difficult to see anything. There was some broken up track and potholes. I didn’t take any risks as there was nothing to be achieved by it – I just wanted to make it to the end. I think that the Monster Energy Honda Team has had a great race. We are a bit disappointed by the penalty, but hopefully the story hasn’t finished here and we can recover the hour.

Roberto Boasso

Team Manager

The Dakar 2017 has finished after an intense fortnight which has been particularly long for all the team’s activity. The riders have done a really great job. I would like to thank the whole of the technical crew, the Japanese members of HRC and the entire team. I’m very happy as we have shown that we have a team that can win the race and I hope this is the start of a future that will be filled with satisfaction.

2017 Dakar Rally
Stage Round DAK17 , Stage 12   Dakar

Results Stage 12

Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Van Beveren Adrien 6 FRA Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha 30'29
2 Farres Gerard 8 SPA Himoinsa Team KTM +0'0
3 Barreda Joan 11 SPA Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +0'18
4 Walkner Matthias 14 AUT Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +0'33
5 Goncalves Paulo 17 POR Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +1'25
6 Sunderland Sam 16 GBR Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +1'42
7 Duplessis Martín 34 ARG Asistencia Med KTM +2'16
8 Salvatierra Juan Carlos 32 BOL Duust Rally Team KTM +3'00
9 Metge Michael 15 FRA Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +3'01
10 Caimi Franco 67 ARG Honda South America Rally Team Honda +3'07
11 Sanz Laia 19 SPA KTM Factory Racing Team KTM +3'08
12 Klymciw Ondrej 45 CZE Klymciw Racing Husqvarna +3'12
13 Renet Pierre-Alexandre 31 FRA Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna +3'16
14 de Soultrait Xavier 23 FRA Viltais Racing Team HFP Yamaha +3'25
15 Pedrero Joan 12 SPA Sherco TVS Rally Factory Sherco +3'28
2017 Dakar Rally
Stage Round DAK17 , Stage 12   Dakar

Provisional Final Standings

Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Sunderland Sam 16 GBR Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM 32:06'22
2 Walkner Matthias 14 AUT Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +32'00
3 Farres Gerard 8 SPA Himoinsa Team KTM +35'40
4 Van Beveren Adrien 6 FRA Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha +36'28
5 Barreda Joan 11 SPA Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +43'08
6 Goncalves Paulo 17 POR Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +52'29
7 Renet Pierre-Alexandre 31 FRA Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna +57'35
8 Caimi Franco 67 ARG Honda South America Rally Team Honda +1:42'18
9 Rodrigues Helder 5 POR Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha +2:03'06
10 Rodrigues Joaquim 27 POR Hero Motorsports Team Rally Hero +2:19'37
11 Salvatierra Juan Carlos 32 BOL Duust Rally Team KTM +2:22'53
12 Klymciw Ondrej 45 CZE Klymciw Racing Husqvarna +2:23'30
13 Pedrero Joan 12 SPA Sherco TVS Rally Factory Sherco +2:32'46
14 Metge Michael 15 FRA Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +2:38'32
15 Duplessis Martín 34 ARG Asistencia Med KTM +3:01'04
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