After this, the eleventh and longest stage so far in this edition of the Rally Dakar 2014, Joan Barreda crossed the El Salvador finish-line in fifth and Hélder Rodrigues in sixth position.
It was Joan Barreda, who started out first today from Antofagasta, as the winner of yesterday’s stage. After completing the 144 km liaison he set of to tackle the 605 km special against the clock, the longest to date in the Dakar 2014. The eleventh stage covered a variety of terrain, hard ground, mountains, plus 120 km of sand and dunes in the Copiapo area.
Joan Barreda fell about halfway through the special in the fesh-fesh zone, damaging the navigation system of his Honda CRF450 RALLY in the process. Without the road-book, the Spaniard was forced to wait for the other riders to be able to make it to the end of the stage. Barreda finished fifth and maintains second position in the overall.
Joan Barreda: “Today was one of the most important days with a lot of timed kilometres. I really tried, pushing hard from the beginning, but about 300 km into the race I had a heavy fall in the fesh-fesh zone and I broke the navigation system. I waited for Cyril [Despres] who was about six minutes behind and I stuck with him until the end of the special. I’m happy that we’ve got this difficult stage out of the way and we are a bit closer to the end.”
Classification Stage 11
1 Marc Coma 6:36’08 ESP KTM KTM Red Bull Rally Factory
2 Cyril Despres +02’51 FRA YAMAHA Yamaha Racing
3 Olivier Pain +05’28 FRA YAMAHA Yamaha Racing
4 Jordi Viladoms +05’53 ESP KTM KTM Red Bull Rally Factory
5 Joan Barreda +08’12 ESP HONDA TEAM HRC
General standings after Stage 11
1 Marc Coma 48:24’41 ESP KTM KTM Red Bull Rally Factory
2 Joan Barreda +52’36 ESP HONDA TEAM HRC
3 Jordi Viladoms +02:07’56 ESP KTM KTM Red Bull Rally Factory
4 Olivier Pain +02:21’40 FRA YAMAHA Yamaha Racing
5 Helder Rodrigues +02:30’35 POR HONDA TEAM HRC