Joan ‘Bang Bang’ Barreda takes the title at the Sealine Cross-Country Rally in Qatar. This is his first triumph in a world championship race with the Honda CRF450 RALLY, and in doing so becomes the championship’s new leader.
The fifth and final stage of Qatar’s Sealine Cross-Country Rally, once again saw Team HRC in winning mood. This is now the team’s third consecutive win in the World Rally Raids, since the debut of the new Honda CRF450 RALLY in the Morocco Rally. In addition, it is the season’s second win after the race in Abu Dhabi a fortnight ago.
Joan ‘Bang Bang’ Barreda was clearly man of the day, as he picked up his second World Rally Raids win, the first on a Honda. The rider who hails from Castellón, set out with a win in the first stage of the Sealine Cross-Country Rallies, at a cracking pace, and imposed himself once more in the third race. In the final special, he rode an intelligent ride, catching his main rival and then keeping him in check until the finish-line.
It was Hélder Rodrigues who took the final stage victory, earning himself a place on the final podium too, after a string of steady daily performances.
Fellow-countryman Paulo Gonçalves was left regreting an error on the competition’s first day which left him without better options for the final classification. Today’s sixth place finish leaves him with a fifth overall final place in this edition of the Sealine. Team HRC riders thus have won 4 of the 5 stages, with all the team’s machines finishing without a single mechanical fault.
The final result of the second championship race leaves Joan Barreda in command of the championship replacing team-mate and reigning world champion Paulo Gonçalves at the head of the leader-board, with a one point advantage over Marc Coma in second place in the World Rally Raids table.
Team HRC’s next port of call will be in Europe with the Sardinia Rally Race, the fourth in the World Championship calendar, to be held on the picturesque Italian island from 7 to 12 June.
|1||Rodrigues Helder||POR||Team HRC||Honda||04:17'59|
|2||Faria Ruben||POR||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+01'06|
|3||Barreda Joan||SPA||Team HRC||Honda||+03'55|
|4||Coma Marc||SPA||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+05'59|
|5||Viladoms Jordi||SPA||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+10'13|
|6||Goncalves Paulo||POR||Team HRC||Honda||+11'57|
|7||Piatek Jakub||POL||Team Hanesco||KTM||+28'16|
|8||Albalooshi Mohammed||UAE||KTM UAC||KTM||+30'05|
|9||Chunchungguppe Santosh||IND||Team CS||KTM||+35'00|
|10||Abu Issa Mohammed||QAT||Abu Issa||Yamaha||+35'57|
Final Classification Sealine Cross Country Rally
|1||Abu Issa Mohammed||QAT||Abu Issa||Yamaha||+04:15'10|
|2||Sonik Rafal||POL||Poland National||Honda||+04:47'26|
|3||Villarrubia Julian||SPA||Poland National||Honda||+04:59'39|
|4||Piatek Jakub||POL||Team Hanesco||KTM||+05:30'06|
|5||Albalooshi Mohammed||UAE||KTM UAC||KTM||+03:12'36|
|6||Goncalves Paulo||POR||Team HRC||Honda||+08'40|
|7||Coma Marc||SPA||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+01'23|
|8||Rodrigues Helder||POR||Team HRC||Honda||+01'50|
|9||Viladoms Jordi||SPA||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+07'19|
|10||Barreda Joan||SPA||Team HRC||Honda||20:28'46|
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|2017||Sam Sunderland (KTM)|
|2016||Sam Sunderland (KTM)|
|2015||Marc Coma (KTM)|
|2014||Joan Barreda (Honda)|
|2013||Marc Coma (KTM)|
|2012||Marc Coma (KTM)|