Joan Barreda accomplishes the mission of fending off challengers in the fifth stage of the Rally Dakar 2015. The Spaniard aboard the Honda CRF450 RALLY keeps his distance from his closest rival, as fellow Team HRC members also remain among the front-runners.
The caravan continued to snake its way across the South American continent, leaving Copiapó behind, with destination Antofagasta on the Pacific coast, as a hazardous, rapid-paced stage full of broken up track and fesh-fesh, sped its way across the Atacama desert.
It was Joan Barreda, as yesterday’s stage winner, who set off from the front this morning with a clear objective of consolidating his overall lead and minimizing risks. He was eventually reached by Marc Coma, as the two continued their now habitual duel, finishing the stage together.
Team HRC riders Paulo Gonçalves, Hélder Rodrigues and Jeremías Israel all experienced various types of setbacks over the 458 km distance today, but were nevertheless all able to improve on their overall standings.
The day’s fourth position for Paulo helps solidify his third overall spot, with both Hélder and Jeremías finishing tucked in behind this year’s world championship runner-up.
A prudent Laia Sanz continues to keep up recent form, finishing 21st on the day, and retaking 17th on the overall leaderboard.
The three Honda South America Rally Team riders, Javier Pizzolito, Daniel Gouet and Jean Azevedo, likewise, put in consistent performances among the front-runners. The Argentine rider was once again the best of the bunch, reliably up in the first fifteen of the stage, and 13th overall. In the general standings Gouet lies highest in 21st.
STAGE 6 – Friday, 9th January
Antofagasta (CHI) – Iquique (CHI)
Liaison: 369 km
Special stage: 319 km
A celebration in Iquique
The route will then climb up the Pacific coast towards Iquique. The motorcycles will cover a few extra kilometres as part of the special stage: a detour will take them into endurance-type terrain and onto mountain ridges with views over the sea. All the competitors will then explore the dunes which run alongside and dominate the coastline. But they won’t arrive at the bivouac via the famous descent. For the first time, the half-way point in the race will be marked on a podium in the centre of Iquique. The encounter between riders and their fans will be emotional, following the earthquake which affected the region at the start of the year.
Results Stage 5
|1||Coma Marc||SPA||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||4:38'16|
|2||Barreda Joan||SPA||Team HRC||Honda||+ 2'16|
|3||Quintanilla Pablo||CHI||KTM||KTM||+ 2'40|
|4||Svitko Stefan||SLO||Slovnaft Team||KTM||+ 3'54|
|5||Goncalves Paulo||POR||Team HRC||Honda||+ 4'37|
|6||Rodrigues Helder||POR||Team HRC||Honda||+ 6'35|
|7||Israel Jeremias||CHI||Team HRC||Honda||+ 7'10|
|8||Walkner Matthias||AUT||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+ 7'24|
|9||Duclos Alain||20||FRA||Sherco TVS Rally Factory||Sherco||+ 9'57|
|10||Price Toby||AUS||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+ 10'05|
|11||Viladoms Jordi||11||SPA||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+ 13'48|
|12||Pedrero Joan||SPA||Pont Grup Yamaha JVO||Yamaha||+ 14'25|
|13||Pizzolito Javier||ARG||Honda South America Rally Team||Honda||+ 16'49|
|14||Jakes Ivan||SLO||Microstep Industry Team||KTM||+ 16'55|
|15||Faria Ruben||POR||Husqvarna Factory Rally Team||Husqvarna||+ 17'24|
|16||Casteu David||9||FRA||Team Casteu||KTM||+ 17'47|
|17||Van Niekerk Riaan||RSA||Brother Link KTM Rally||KTM||+ 22'52|
|18||Botturi Alessandro||ITA||Botturi Racing||Yamaha||+ 23'31|
|19||Sanz Laia||SPA||Team HRC||Honda||+ 26'46|
|21||Gouet Daniel||CHI||Honda South America Rally Team||Honda||+ 31'59|
|22||Cabrera Patricio||CHI||Kawasaki Chile Cidef||Kawasaki||+ 32'40|
|23||Gyenes Emanuel||ROU||Autonet Motorcycle Team||KTM||+ 35'07|
|24||Pain Olivier||16||FRA||Team Top||KTM||+ 35'14|
|25||Vogels Hans||NDL||Team Hans Vogels||KTM||+ 35'29|
|37||Azevedo Jean||BRA||Honda South America Rally Team||Honda||+ 51'31|
Provisional Standings after Stage 5
|1||Barreda Joan||SPA||Team HRC||Honda||17:51'05|
|2||Coma Marc||SPA||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+ 10'33|
|3||Goncalves Paulo||POR||Team HRC||Honda||+ 22'50|
|4||Quintanilla Pablo||CHI||KTM||KTM||+ 31'06|
|5||Viladoms Jordi||11||SPA||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+ 36'23|
|6||Faria Ruben||POR||Husqvarna Factory Rally Team||Husqvarna||+ 38'13|
|7||Walkner Matthias||AUT||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+ 38'36|
|8||Price Toby||AUS||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+ 39'54|
|9||Svitko Stefan||SLO||Slovnaft Team||KTM||+ 42'05|
|10||Rodrigues Helder||POR||Team HRC||Honda||+ 43'24|
|11||Israel Jeremias||CHI||Team HRC||Honda||+ 26'46|
|17||Sanz Laia||SPA||Team HRC||Honda||+ 1:12'32|
|21||Gouet Daniel||CHI||Honda South America Rally Team||Honda||+ 1:42'26|
|28||Azevedo Jean||BRA||Honda South America Rally Team||Honda||+ 2:37'37|
|50||Pizzolito Javier||ARG||Honda South America Rally Team||Honda||+ 4:51'27|
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