The natural disasters of two days ago in Jujuy and the cancelation of the ninth stage yesterday are now history and today the Dakar Rally was back on its scheduled route. In the suffocating regions of La Rioja and San Juan, the Monster Energy Honda Team grabbed the glory with a stage win.
The Dakar got back to relative ‘normality’ with a full-length stage, free from diversions or detours. The 449 kilometres against the clock on the route from Chilecito-San Juan turned out to be the longest one disputed so far in the 2017 edition of the race. With baking 45-degree temperatures – even reaching 50 in the saddle – riders had to endure one of the most physically gruelling stages, as well as having to deal with highly demanding navigation over the opening stretches of the stage. The second section – finishing in San Juan – was a speedier affair, albeit with technical complications. Riders will try and rest tonight in the heat of the El Zonda racing circuit.
Joan Barreda opened the track throughout the day with near-flawless navigation except for a very slight deviation at kilometre 53. Luckily, team-mate Michael Metge was on hand to confirm the correct direction. Both, with the Honda CRF450 RALLY, were soon spearheading the field towards the destination in San Juan. Metge scored the day’s best time, clinching his first Dakar stage win in the process; although later he was sanctioned for having missed a waypoint. The French rider’s route is currently being subjected to scrutiny.
The penalty means that the day’s top honours fall on Joan Barreda, who consequently collects a third Dakar 2017 stage victory and the second in succession. The Monster Energy Honda Team rider is fifth in the general standings, less than an hour behind the overall race leader.
Paulo Gonçalves dropped precious time whilst searching for one of the more elusive waypoints in this Dakar. Once verified, the Portuguese put pedal to the metal in an attempt to make up the lost time. By the end of the special he had finished some eight minutes adrift of the winner on the day.
Ricky Brabec was unable to finish in the way he had hoped. After starting the day out from behind and immediately pulling pack several positions, the American maintained a scorching pace and at one time even led the race. An apparent radiator problem put an end to his intentions and the Californian was forced to slow the pace down and eventually made it back to the bivouac with a tow from another rider.
Barreda’s third win, together with the triumph of Brabec in the seventh stage, means the Monster Energy Honda Team tally rises to four victories – half of the stages disputed so far.
Friday, January 13
STAGE 11 SAN JUAN – RÍO CUARTO
SELECTIVE SECTOR 288 km TOTAL 754 km
A SURPRISE IN CÓRDOBA?
The San Juan dunes, which will come in the first 50 kilometres of the special stage will be the final to surf on the 2017 Dakar. Those who best handle sliding and the racing line will be right at home on the WRC like tracks of the Córdoba region. Everyone knows that a surprise can come at any moment.
Results Stage 10
|1||Barreda Joan||SPA||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||5:49'45|
|2||Svitko Stefan||2||SLO||Slovnaft Rally Team||KTM||+0'24|
|3||Caimi Franco||67||ARG||Honda South America Rally Team||Honda||+3'48|
|4||Renet Pierre-Alexandre||31||FRA||Husqvarna Factory Rally Team||Husqvarna||+4'21|
|5||Rodrigues Helder||5||POR||Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team||Yamaha||+5'46|
|6||Cervantes Iván||25||SPA||Himoinsa Team||KTM||+7'15|
|7||Metge Adrien||26||FRA||Sherco TVS Rally Factory||Sherco||+8'18|
|8||Goncalves Paulo||17||POR||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||+8'43|
|9||Klymciw Ondrej||45||CZE||Klymciw Racing||Husqvarna||+9'22|
|10||Walkner Matthias||14||AUT||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+12'53|
|11||Salvatierra Juan Carlos||32||BOL||Duust Rally Team||KTM||+14'57|
|12||Sunderland Sam||16||GBR||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+17'06|
|13||Farres Gerard||8||SPA||Himoinsa Team||KTM||+21'25|
|14||Sanz Laia||19||SPA||KTM Factory Racing Team||KTM||+21'39|
|15||Gyenes Emanuel||29||ROU||Autonet Motorcycle Team||KTM||+23'32|
|24||Metge Michael||15||FRA||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||+59'05|
Provisional Standings after Stage 10
|1||Sunderland Sam||16||GBR||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||28:07'59|
|2||Walkner Matthias||14||AUT||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+30'01|
|3||Farres Gerard||8||SPA||Himoinsa Team||KTM||+38'43|
|4||Van Beveren Adrien||6||FRA||Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team||Yamaha||+41'57|
|5||Barreda Joan||SPA||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||+53'47|
|6||Renet Pierre-Alexandre||31||FRA||Husqvarna Factory Rally Team||Husqvarna||+55'24|
|7||Goncalves Paulo||17||POR||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||+1:00'11|
|8||de Soultrait Xavier||23||FRA||Viltais Racing Team HFP||Yamaha||+1:32'55|
|9||Caimi Franco||67||ARG||Honda South America Rally Team||Honda||+1:37'57|
|10||Svitko Stefan||2||SLO||Slovnaft Rally Team||KTM||+1:48'45|
|11||Rodrigues Helder||5||POR||Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team||Yamaha||+1:51'25|
|12||Salvatierra Juan Carlos||32||BOL||Duust Rally Team||KTM||+2:04'38|
|13||Klymciw Ondrej||45||CZE||Klymciw Racing||Husqvarna||+2:08'55|
|14||Rodrigues Joaquim||27||POR||Hero Motorsports Team Rally||Hero||+2:09'09|
|15||Cervantes Iván||25||SPA||Himoinsa Team||KTM||+2:22'04|
|17||Metge Michael||15||FRA||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||+2:35'33|
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