Joan ‘Bang Bang’ Barreda, once again, gave a note-worthy exhibition of his riding progress on the Honda CRF450 RALLY. The second stage of the OiLibya Rally of Morocco had the Spaniard’s mark of authority stamped all over it.
Joan Barreda extended his leadership of the OiLibya Rally of Morocco yet further after an impressive sand and navigation-filled second stage victory. The win was all the more remarkable for having set off at the head of the field. The Spaniard remained unreachable out front. In doing so, Barreda widens the deficit over second place Marc Coma by two minutes. The damage could have been much worse, were it not for a slight navigation slip-up which set the leader back several minutes.
Paulo Goncalves had a good day at the office, finishing in sixth. The reigning world champion at one point was forced to stop to fix a vibrating front fairing.
Joan Barreda: “I’m really happy. We did a lot of preparation for this stage yesterday. We knew that there was going to be a lot of navigation. It was an incredible pace, I navigated without mistakes, impeccable, until kilometre 160. We really pushed, opening the way in the dunes. In the end I made a slight error thinking that we could get back on the track further on, but I was able to rectify it without losing too much time. But that’s the way it is; if you push that hard you can expect some navigational errors.”
Results Stage 2
1 Joan Barreda 2:26’14 ESP HONDA Team HRC
2 Jeremias Israel +2’00 CHI HONDA Team HRC
3 Marc Coma +2’01 ESP KTM KTM Red Bull Rally Factory
4 Sam Sunderland +2’20 GBR KTM KTM Red Bull Rally Factory
5 Helder Rodrigues +5’42 PRT HONDA Team HRC
6 Paulo Goncalves +6’10 PRT HONDA Team HRC
Provisional after Stage 2
1 Joan Barreda 5:30’25 ESP HONDA Team HRC
2 Marc Coma +3’22 ESP KTM KTM Red Bull Rally Factory
3 Paulo Goncalves +7’29 PRT HONDA Team HRC
4 Helder Rodrigues +9’03 PRT HONDA Team HRC
5 Ruben Faria +10’58 POR KTM KTM Red Bull Rally Factory
Text/Photo: PR Team HRC