Joan Barreda - currently the most talented rider on the Cross-Country Rallies scene - will make his ninth participation in the Dakar Rally in the forthcoming 2019 edition. It is a speciality in which he has continued to achieve all kinds of successes since beginning in 2010.

Joan Barreda


The Spaniard’s career began in motocross, where after demonstrating both talent and speed, was selected by the Spanish Federation to compete in the 125cc World Championship, before a serious injury kept the rider out of the competition for a long spell. After a stint in enduro he moved on to rally-raid where he was discovered by Wolfgang Fischer, after clinching the 2012 Baja Aragón. No sooner had he been signed up for the team when he brought home the first success, taking the top step of the podium in the Pharaons Rally. 2013 saw the rider pick up some excellent results including four stage wins in the Dakar Rally with a sensational performance, as well as a podium finish in the Morocco Rally.

Barreda shone in the Dakar 2014, grabbing five stage victories and was in the running for the overall win until a heavy fall in the penultimate stage meant having to accept seventh place. In the world championship, Barreda triumphed in Qatar and was third in Abu Dhabi and third overall in the World Championship.

In 2015 he rode an intelligent race in the Dakar which he led convincingly until the ill-fated Uyuni Salt Lake stage, which put an end to his aspirations of an overall win. In spite of the mishap Joan came away with four stage victories. He got off to a better start in the Cross-Country Rallies World Championship winning the Abu Dhabi Rally and finishing second in Qatar.

Career Information

1993 Motocross Spanish Champion
1996 Motocross Spanish Champion
1998 Motocross Spanish Champion
2000 Motocross Spanish Champion
2001 Motocross Spanish Champion
2002 Racing in MX world Championship 125
2011 First participation at Dakar Rally
2012 Winner Baja Aragon, Winner Pharaons Rally, 11th overall at Dakar & 5th overall Cross Country Rally World Championship
2013 17th overall Dakar with 4 stage wins
2014 7th overall Dakar with 5 stage wins, winner in Sealine Qatar rally, 3rd in World Championship
2015 17th overall Dakar with 4 stage wins
2016 Winner Baja Aragón. Winner Vegas to Reno. Winner China Grand Rally. 2nd Desafio Ruta 40
2017 5th overall Dakar with 4 stage wins. Winner Baja Aragón. Winner Vegas to Reno.
2018 Winner Merzouga Rally
2019 3rd place Atacama Rally. 3rd place Rallye du Maroc
2020 7th place Dakar Rally. 1 stage win

Rider Statistics

Date of birth 11th August 1983
Birthplace Castellon, Spain
Residence Canillo, Andorra
Height 180cm
Weight 74kg
Hobbies Snowboard, wakeboard, surf

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