Joan Barreda and Paulo Gonçalves commanded the fourth special of the Dakar Rally – the first part of the gruelling marathon stage – and are now well-placed at the head of the general standings. Metge, Brabec and Ceci finish well too.
Another day of superb results for Team HRC at the Dakar Rally 2016, clinching first and second places in a demanding fourth stage. As the race ended it was time to immediately hand over the bikes, which will spend the night isolated in the parc ferme away from the mechanics, technical crew and even the riders, who are prohibited from repairing or servicing them. When the bikers pick them up tomorrow they will find them in exactly the same condition in which they were left.
Joan Barreda was yesterday lumbered with a one-minute penalty for speeding in a radar control, which meant the Spanish whizz was stripped of his first place in both the stage result and the overall rankings. Barreda started today from fifth place which allowed him to chase down the adversaries up ahead.
Barreda and Paulo Gonçalves once again imposed their infernal pace throughout the more than 400 kilometres of special stage today which took place at an average of 3,500 metres altitude in the Jujuy region. The Castellon rider was soon at the head of the course, crossing the line with a 1’49 surplus over his team-mate. Both now lie top of the overall race table.
Frenchman Michael Metge and American Ricky Brabec, turned in very swift performances to collect seventh and ninth spots respectively, just over seven minutes behind colleague Barreda. Italian Paolo Ceci finish sixteenth and climbs various slots on the leaderboard.
Once again, the top rider from Honda South America Rally Team was local-boy Kevin Benavides. The youngster opened the track today after becoming yesterday’s winner due to Barreda’s sanction. This marks a new milestone for Argentinean motorcycle racing. Benavides set a hasty pace and posted the day’s fourth fastest time. His HSA Rally Team companions were among the top 35 finishers with fellow Argentinean Javier Pizzolito 28th, Frenchman Adrien Metge 32nd and Brazilian Jean Azevedo 35th.
At the close of the day, the ASO has once more verified that Joan Barreda broke the speed limit at several radar checks and have once again penalized the Team HRC rider, this time with a five minute sanction which means the Spaniard again misses out on the stage victory and drops to third in the general standings. Team HRC’s Paulo Goncalves has been named winner of this, the fourth stage and is now the overall leader.
2016 January 7. Stage 5: San Salvador de Jujuy – Uyuni
Special sections: 327 km
Total: 642 km
Beware of headaches!
All round vigilance is required for this second part of the marathon stage: in addition to managing mechanics, particularly the tyres, all the drivers will have to pay attention to their own bodies’ reactions. Entry into Bolivia is also marked by an abrupt increase in altitude, rising to 4,600m – the highest point in Dakar’s history – during the day’s special section. Technically, it is also in this stage that the rally steps up a gear, with the first off-piste sections as well as some navigational gems which might be a headache for some navigators…
You can see the details of the fifth stage (route and profile), here.
Stage 4. San Salvador de Jujuy - San Salvador de Jujuy
|1||Goncalves Paulo||2||POR||Team HRC||Honda||4:07'19|
|2||Faria Ruben||POR||Husqvarna Factory Rally Team||Husqvarna||+2'37|
|3||Benavides Kevin||47||ARG||Honda South America Rally Team||Honda||+3'11|
|4||Barreda Joan||6||SPA||Team HRC||Honda||+3'11|
|5||Price Toby||3||AUS||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+4'01|
|6||Meo Antoine||49||FRA||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+4'15|
|7||Metge Michael||19||FRA||Team HRC||Honda||+5'20|
|8||Farres Gerard||23||SPA||Himoinsa Team||KTM||+5'23|
|9||Brabec Ricky||48||USA||Team HRC||Honda||+5'29|
|10||Quintanilla Pablo||4||CHI||Husqvarna Factory Rally Team||Husqvarna||+5'52|
|11||Van Beveren Adrien||42||FRA||Yamaha Motor Europe||Yamaha||+6'06|
|12||Svitko Stefan||5||SLO||Slovnaft Team||KTM||+6'16|
|13||Jakes Ivan||16||SLO||Jakes Dakar Team||KTM||+6'22|
|14||Walkner Matthias||14||AUT||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+6'29|
|15||Rodrigues Helder||7||POR||Yamaha Motor Europe||Yamaha||+7'34|
|16||Ceci Paolo||32||ITA||Team HRC||Honda||+9'13|
|17||Botturi Alessandro||18||ITA||Yamaha Motor Europe||Yamaha||+9'21|
|18||de Soultrait Xavier||30||FRA||Yamaha Racing||Yamaha||+9'48|
|19||Arana Txomin||27||SPA||GOR Sport||Husqvarna||+10'07|
|20||Pedrero Joan||17||SPA||Sherco TVS Rally Factory||Sherco||+10'15|
|28||Pizzolito Javier||22||ARG||Honda South America Rally Team||Honda||+13'58|
|32||Metge Adrien||61||FRA||Honda South America Rally Team||Honda||+14'51|
|35||Azevedo Jean||26||BRA||Honda South America Rally Team||Honda||+18'51|
Provisional Standings after Stage 4
|1||Goncalves Paulo||2||POR||Team HRC||Honda||10:35'17|
|2||Benavides Kevin||47||ARG||Honda South America Rally Team||Honda||+2'17|
|3||Barreda Joan||6||SPA||Team HRC||Honda||+3'03|
|4||Svitko Stefan||5||SLO||Slovnaft Team||KTM||+5'22|
|5||Faria Ruben||POR||Husqvarna Factory Rally Team||Husqvarna||+5'24|
|6||Walkner Matthias||14||AUT||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+7'08|
|7||Price Toby||3||AUS||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+7'56|
|8||Quintanilla Pablo||4||CHI||Husqvarna Factory Rally Team||Husqvarna||+8'22|
|9||Meo Antoine||49||FRA||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+10'55|
|10||Duclos Alain||20||FRA||Sherco TVS Rally Factory||Sherco||+11'11|
|11||Farres Gerard||23||SPA||Himoinsa Team||KTM||+11'54|
|12||Jakes Ivan||16||SLO||Jakes Dakar Team||KTM||+13'33|
|13||Metge Michael||19||FRA||Team HRC||Honda||+14'51|
|14||Rodrigues Helder||7||POR||Yamaha Motor Europe||Yamaha||+14'51|
|15||Pedrero Joan||17||SPA||Sherco TVS Rally Factory||Sherco||+15'40|
|17||Brabec Ricky||48||USA||Team HRC||Honda||+18'48|
|22||Ceci Paolo||32||ITA||Team HRC||Honda||+25'22|
|26||Metge Adrien||61||FRA||Honda South America Rally Team||Honda||+31'10|
|28||Pizzolito Javier||22||ARG||Honda South America Rally Team||Honda||+35'23|
|96||Azevedo Jean||26||BRA||Honda South America Rally Team||Honda||+2:54'51|
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