Joan Barreda accelerates his way to a third win in the Dakar 2015 as the tenth stage concludes in Cachi, Argentina. Paulo Gonçalves holds second place outright, and Laia enjoys eighth overall.

With six out of a possible ten stage victories, the Honda CRF450 RALLY has been the runaway winner of the manufacturers, until now, in this 2015 Rally Dakar, already equalling the total number of victories of last year’s edition, with three stages still left to run.

It was a win in the tenth stage once again at the hands of Joan Barreda, in a fine exhibition of conviction and leadership qualities, which saw the Spaniard lead the charge from metre one of the special, until its culmination 371 kilometres later, clocking a 1’39” margin over the nearest rival and taking the score tab of stage triumphs to three.
Riders awoke today to the first part of the marathon stage, which headed out from Calama before finishing up at the camp in Cachi, where all bikes were immediately impounded in the parc fermè, barred from receiving overnight assistance, except by the participants themselves.

Hélder Rodrigues and Paulo Gonçalves covered a great length of the course in each other’s company, Barreda and Coma joining the pack later. The gap at the top sees Paulo Gonçalves, seven and a half minutes adrift of the rally leader and ready to pounce. Gonçalves took fifth spot on the day, and Rodrigues seventh.

A nice stage for the formidable Laia Sanz, in twelfth. The Catalan rider lies in a ground-breaking eighth overall, some twenty minutes ahead of the nearest pursuer in the general rankings. Jeremías Israel came in with a similar finish-time in 13th.

Honda South America Rally Team’s top finisher in the first marathon leg was Brazilian Jean Azevedo, who achieved his highest-placed finish so far in the 2015 edition, with an 18th place. Javier Pizzolito, fifth yesterday, was among the first thirty back to base today.

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TOMORROW’S STAGE
STAGE 11 – Thursday, 15th January
Cachi (CHI) – Termas de Río Hondo (ARG)

Liaison:
 166 km
Special stage: 357 km


Did you say tiredness?

The rally will continue on two separate routes, following the famous Ruta 40 and winding through its magnificent landscapes. Riders won’t have time to relax on these fast routes though: the fatigue which will have accumulated by the 11th day of the race (the 4th marathon day for the motorcycles and quads!) will demand maximum concentration on both the route and the road-book.

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Joan Barreda

1st 4:07'11

I think that today went really well, I got away to swift start on an easy day that didn’t require much navigation and never left the main path. It’s a real shame about what happened in the salt flats of Uyuni, because that’s where I said goodbye to any possibilities. We were in the lead and with all the difficult work that we had done… But now I can only resign myself to it. We will be here for the last few days, supporting the team so that it gets the best result possible.

Paulo Goncalves

5th + 3'46

Today was a really quick stage, with some navigation that wasn’t too hard. The track was a bit slippery and we had to take it carefully. The first four finished together at a quick pace. I think that we had a good stage without pushing it too much, because we are back in the marathon stage again. The bike is in perfect shape for the battle tomorrow, and I am too.

Helder Rodrigues

7th + 6'26

I had to take it with great care. I open the road, and although the navigation wasn’t difficult, there was a lot of concentration needed to not fall. My aim was to make it through with the bike in the best possible condition, because we are in the first leg of the marathon. The three of us are well placed and it’s good for the team.

Laia Sanz

12th + 12'02

The day has been long, with 12 hours on the bike up in the Andes at over 5,000 metres altitude and temperatures of minus 10⁰ C. The special stage was the best that we’ve had so far in this Dakar, very fast, comfortable and fun to ride. I took it easy, not taking any chances. I only had one tricky moment on the route. There was a waypoint on the road book that didn’t exist, and I wasted two or three minutes before I realized that it wasn’t there, and got going again.

2015 Dakar Rally
Stage 10   Dakar

Results Stage 10

Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Barreda Joan SPA Team HRC Honda 4:07'11
2 Coma Marc SPA Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM + 1'39
3 Faria Ruben POR Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna + 1'57
4 Price Toby 3 AUS Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM + 2'14
5 Goncalves Paulo POR Team HRC Honda + 3'46
6 Svitko Stefan SLO Slovnaft Team KTM +6'22
7 Rodrigues Helder POR Team HRC Honda + 6'26
8 Quintanilla Pablo CHI KTM KTM + 6'29
9 Jakes Ivan SLO Microstep Industry Team KTM + 8'59
10 Vogels Hans NDL Team Hans Vogels KTM + 10'19
11 Casteu David 9 FRA Team Casteu KTM + 11'27
12 Sanz Laia SPA Team HRC Honda + 12'02
13 Israel Jeremias CHI Team HRC Honda + 13'44
14 Duclos Alain 20 FRA Sherco TVS Rally Factory Sherco + 13'45
15 Arana Txomin SPA GOR Sport Yamaha + 15'31
16 Pain Olivier 16 FRA Team Top KTM + 15'37
17 Ceci Paolo ITA Chavo Salvatierra Racing KTM + 16'18
18 Azevedo Jean BRA Honda South America Rally Team Honda + 16'34
19 Verhoeven Frans NDL Yamaha Racing Yamaha + 17'10
20 Planet Fabien FRA Sherco TVS Rally Factory Sherco + 17'47
35 Pizzolito Javier ARG Honda South America Rally Team Honda + 42'39
2015 Dakar Rally
Stage 10   Dakar

Provisional Standings after Stage 10

Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Coma Marc SPA Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM 38:13'50
2 Goncalves Paulo POR Team HRC Honda + 7'35
3 Quintanilla Pablo CHI KTM KTM + 31'42
4 Price Toby 3 AUS Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM + 32'06
5 Svitko Stefan SLO Slovnaft Team KTM + 45'19
6 Faria Ruben POR Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna + 1:41'14
7 Casteu David 9 FRA Team Casteu KTM + 1:41'40
8 Sanz Laia SPA Team HRC Honda + 2:05'00
9 Jakes Ivan SLO Microstep Industry Team KTM + 2:25'51
10 Pain Olivier 16 FRA Team Top KTM + 2:50'11
12 Rodrigues Helder POR Team HRC Honda + 3:22'54
15 Barreda Joan SPA Team HRC Honda + 4:37'12
21 Pizzolito Javier ARG Honda South America Rally Team Honda + 6:02'28
22 Azevedo Jean BRA Honda South America Rally Team Honda + 6:10'15
31 Israel Jeremias CHI Team HRC Honda + 7:32'21

Team HRC Dakar Rally 2015 - Stage 9


Team HRC Dakar Rally 2015 - Stage 10 'Behind the Scenes'

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