Barreda overcomes long Dakar stage

 

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

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Fourth stage win for “Bang-Bang” Barreda

 

It was a fourth stage win for Joan Barreda in the 2014 Rally Dakar, and a fifth victory for the Honda CRF450 RALLY.

The tenth stage of the epic Rally Dakar proved to be a really long but fruitful one for the Honda riders who stole the top two positions on the CRF450 RALLY. Joan Barreda dominated the Antofagasta stage with Hélder Rodrigues finishing the 688 km course behind him.

Joan Barreda had previously picked up a fifteen-minute penalty for speeding in a radar control in the special yesterday. The Sentinel alarm system that reminds the riders they are entering an obligatory reduced speed zone failed to sound, and the rider from Castellón, Spain, momentarily exceeded the limit. The penalty dropped Barreda to tenth place in the standings. From the outset today, he set about making up the lost time on Marc Coma, his direct rival, and by the end of the day had clawed back 11 minutes 26 seconds.

Hélder Rodrigues too, got off to a flying start, hotting up the pace from the previous outings as he seeks to secure a podium place. Barreda caught him up and the two crossed the finish-line together. In doing so, Rodrigues outruns his immediate rivals for the third place, and now occupies fifth overall position just 19 minutes off the podium.

Joan Barreda: “It was a real shame about yesterday. I was relying on the Iritrack alarm sounding, but by the time I realized that it hadn’t gone off, it was already too late. A shame. Today we started out from behind and I had to stay really focused because the navigation was tricky. I kept a cool head and kept upping the pace with every kilometre. I clawed back a few minutes. Let’s see how it plays out tomorrow in Copiapó.”

Classifications Stage 10
1 Joan Barreda 04:42’00 ESP HONDA TEAM HRC

2 Helder Rodrigues +08’00 POR HONDA TEAM HRC
3 Cyril Despres +09’40 FRA YAMAHA Yamaha Racing
4 Olivier Pain +11’11 FRA YAMAHA Yamaha Racing
5 Marc Coma +11’26 ESP KTM KTM Red Bull Rally Factory

General standings after Stage 10
1 Marc Coma 41:48’33 ESP KTM KTM Red Bull Rally Factory
2 Joan Barreda +44’10 ESP HONDA TEAM HRC
3 Jordi Viladoms +02:02’03 ESP KTM KTM Red Bull Rally Factory
4 Olivier Pain +02:16’12 FRA YAMAHA Yamaha Racing
5 Helder Rodrigues +02:21’16 POR HONDA TEAM HRC

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Barreda second again

 

The Dakar saw a navigation heavy stage which passed through many kinds of terrain and put the rider’s skill at using the roadbook to the test. The stage ended in spectacular style when the race –after some 40 km of dunes- finished with the picturesque steep descent into Iquique, from where the Pacific Ocean can be seen.

TEAM HRC rider Joan Barreda set off early with a 06:47 start this morning, beginning the special some 422 km later. Sixty kilometres into the race he had caught up with Cyril Despres and once again, he made a solitary ride upfront opening the way for more than 350 km. The Spaniard really put the CRF450 RALLY through its paces finishing in second place.

Joan Barreda: “A very complicated stage today. I tried to push from the beginning upping the pace as much as possible, but Marc [Coma] fought really hard and caught up with me in the dunes. I could do no more. There are two really tough days still awaiting us, but we are going to continue following the same line. Tomorrow I’ll be opening the way again. I’m very pleased with the job done.”

Classifications Stage 9
1 Marc Coma 4:49’05 ESP KTM KTM Red Bull Rally Factory
2 Joan Barreda +01’41 ESP HONDA TEAM HRC
3 Cyril Despres +05’28 FRA YAMAHA Yamaha Racing
4 Joan Pedrero +08’43 ESP SHERCO Sherco Rally Factory
5 Stefan Svitko +09’42 SLO KTM Oraving Slovnaft Team

General standings after Stage 9
1 Marc Coma 36:55’24 ESP KTM KTM Red Bull Rally Factory
2 Joan Barreda +40’19 ESP HONDA TEAM HRC
3 Jordi Viladoms +01:38’45 ESP KTM KTM Red Bull Rally Factory
4 Jeremias Israel +02:07’06 CHL SPEEDBRAIN Team Speedbrain
5 Olivier Pain +02:16’10 FRA YAMAHA Yamaha Racing

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Barreda runner-up in second part of the marathon stage

 

TEAM HRC’s Joan Barreda finished the eighth stage of the Rally Dakar 2014 in second place.

The Dakar said goodbye to an accommodating and vibrant Bolivia, and has moved on to Chile. Today saw the second leg of the marathon stage, in the area of Salar de Uyuni, which had been reduced in length by some twelve kilometres.

Joan Barreda, yesterday’s winner, set about cutting down the distance with the overall race leader, opening the way in the special, in a solitary ride in which we clocked up a total time of 2’10”, second only to Cyril Despres. Barreda has clawed back four seconds from Marc Coma in the overall standings.

Joan Barreda: “It was a really long special today and I’m very pleased with the marathon. I was ahead, opening the way, pushing hard and forcing the pace to try and cause the others to make mistakes. It hasn’t happened yet, but we have done really well with a couple of great stages and I’m very satisfied with a job well done.”

Classifications Stage 8
1 Cyril Despres 05:23’20 FRA YAMAHA Yamaha Racing
2 Joan Barreda +02’09 ESP HONDA TEAM HRC
3 Marc Coma +02’15 ESP KTM KTM Red Bull Rally Factory
4 Helder Rodrigues +06’38 POR HONDA TEAM HRC
5 Olivier Pain +10’40 FRA YAMAHA Yamaha Racing
6 Mickael Metge +12’58 FRA YAMAHA Yamaha Racing
7 Riian Van Niekerk +13’15 SAF KTM Brother Link KTM Rally Factory
8 Daniel Gouet +13’23 CHI HONDA Tamarugal Honda Racing XC Rally Team
9 Kuba Przygonski +13’29 POL KTM KTM Rally Factory
10 Jordi Viladoms +13’34 ESP KTM KTM Red Bull Rally Factory

General standings after Stage 8
1 Marc Coma 36:06’19 ESP KTM KTM Red Bull Rally Factory
2 Joan Barreda +38’08 ESP HONDA TEAM HRC
3 Jordi Viladoms +01:27’22 ESP KTM KTM Red Bull Rally Factory
4 Alain Duclos +01’49’09 FRA SHERCO Sherco Rally Factory
5 Jeremias Israel +01’52’05 CHL SPEEDBRAIN Team Speedbrain
6 Olivier Pain +01:59’07 FRA YAMAHA Yamaha Racing
7 Kuba Przygonski +02:06’06 POL KTM KTM Rally Factory
8 Helder Rodrigues +02:12’41 POR HONDA TEAM HRC
9 Cyril Despres +02:23’58 FRA YAMAHA Yamaha Racing
10 Daniel Gouet +02:38’51 CHI HONDA Tamarugal Honda Racing XC Rally Team

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Third win for Barreda at 2014 Dakar

 

The Rally Dakar left Argentina and for the first time in the race’s history entered Bolivia. It was Joan Barreda who took the honours in the Salta-Uyuni stage, giving Honda TEAM HRC the fourth victory in 7 days of racing.

Week two of the Rally Dakar got underway this morning from the Argentine city of Salta, in the northern region, heading towards Bolivia, for the first part of the special. Nevertheless, the meteorological conditions were such that the start had to be moved 103 km further up the course to the site of the way-point.

Joan Barreda started at a cracking pace, clocking up the best times in both parts of the the special before arriving home with a 4.03 minute deficit over Marc Coma, the stage runner-up and overall leader.

Joan Barreda: “For sure I´m very happy about my result. Anyway it was very hard to stay focused. The high altitude made me feel a bit dizzy. Especially when the going got tough in the water and mud of the river.”

Classifications Stage 7
1 Joan Barreda 03:28’41 ESP HONDA TEAM HRC

2 Marc Coma +04’03 ESP KTM KTM Red Bull Rally Factory
3 Cyril Despres +05’35 FRA YAMAHA Yamaha Racing
4 Joan Pedrero +06’57 ESP SHERCO Sherco Rally Factory
5 Kuba Przygonski +08’56 POL KTM KTM Rally Factory

General standings after Stage 7
1 Marc Coma 26:40’44 ESP KTM KTM Red Bull Rally Factory
2 Joan Barreda +38’14 ESP HONDA TEAM HRC
3 Jordi Viladoms +01:16’03 ESP KTM KTM Red Bull Rally Factory
4 Alain Duclos +01:16’35 FRA SHERCO Sherco Rally Factory
5 Jeremias Israel +01:39’29 CHL SPEEDBRAIN Team Speedbrain

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Onboard Valencia with Alex Hofmann

 

Onboard with former MotoGP rider Alex Hofmann around the amazing track in Valencia, which hosted last weekends final round of the MotoGP season 2013.

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Marquez becomes MotoGP World Champion 2013

 

More than 100.000 fans attended the Ricardo Tormo circuit today to watch Marc Marquez clinch the MotoGP World Championship. In his rookie year and with the fight for the title going down to the wire, the Spaniard rode a spectacular race in Valencia to place third, behind Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa. The result was the eleventh podium double for Repsol Honda this season.

Starting from pole position, Marquez was passed by Lorenzo and Pedrosa off the line. The pair ahead of him provided an intense fight, with constant overtaking moves on the opening laps. Contact on lap 10 dropped Pedrosa down to fifth place and Marquez used the incident to move up into the lead –albeit only briefly. He was passed by Lorenzo one lap later, and Pedrosa followed suit five laps from the chequered flag.

Marc Marquez claimed third place and sealed the title, becoming the youngest MotoGP World Champion in history.

Marquez makes history as the youngest premier class World Champion ever

Marc Marquez: “It was a really long race, maybe the longest of my career! At the start I was very nervous, I know I said I wasn’t but if I’m honest I really was. Jorge had a very good start, as usual, and I wasn’t sure which tactic to take. I followed Jorge and Dani and began to settle into the race. Then towards the end, I decided not to push as I knew my position was secure and safe to take the Championship. It has been a fantastic year, I am still in a dream! I really didn’t expect this at the beginning and I am really so very happy. So thank you to all my team, my family and of course Honda and all our sponsors. The support from everyone and all my fans around the World has been incredible and I dedicate this Championship to you all!”

Classification
1. Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 46:10.302
2. Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda +3.934
3. Marc Marquez Repsol Honda +7.357
4. Valentino Rossi Yamaha +10.579
5. Alvaro Bautista Honda +14.965

World Championship
1. Marc Marquez Repsol Honda 334 points

2. Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 330 points
3. Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda 300 points
4. Valentino Rossi Yamaha 237 points
5. Cal Crutchlow Yamaha 188 points

Text/Photos: PR Repsol Media Service

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Rins crowned Moto3 World Championship runner-up

 

Alex Rins took the runner-up spot in the Moto3 World Championship, after finishing third in the final race of the season in Valencia. The race was a battle between Rins, Salom and Viñales, and one which raged through to the end of the 24 laps of the Ricardo Tormo circuit. Alex Marquez placed fourth in the contest, leading the second group.

The race was the expected fight between the three title contenders. Viñales, Salom and Rins led the way early on, followed closely by Jonas Folger and Jack Miller –although the duo were never in the tussle for the race win.

On lap 14 Salom crashed, eliminating him from the title chase. Rins and Viñales remained. It was the latter who led until three laps from the end, when Rins took control and a series of overtaking moves took place.

Finally, despite Rins’ best attempts on the final corner, Viñales held the lead and Folger passed Rins, beating him to the line by a thousandth of a second. Rins thus finishes the season second and teammate Alex Marquez fourth –the same as his final position in the race today.

Alex Rins: “Getting to the final corner of the season still in with a chance of taking the title, having taken zero points at two races, I am not at all disappointed. It was an incredible battle for me and I have never fought so hard before, nor have I ever learnt so much as I have this year. We will try to win the World Championship next year, but it won’t be easy. The strategy didn’t work out completely for us today, because obviously we wanted to win, but in general the race went as we had imagined. I had a small scare at the start and maybe my bike wasn’t accelerating like the others, but I am happy with the season as a whole. I also want to thank my team, who have been behind me through the good times and the bad.”

Alex Marquez: “It was a difficult race. All weekend we found it hard to set the bike up and we didn’t have that little extra that the frontrunners had. In the end we placed fourth and I think that’s good, because we weren’t at 100%. We will try to analyse what happened so that it doesn’t occur again next year. Now we will rest and hope the winter passes by quickly in order to get back to work for next season.”

Classification
1. Maverick Viñales KTM 40:12.463
2. Jonas Folger Kalex KTM +0.186
3. Alex Rins KTM +0.187
4. Alex Marquez KTM +13.666

5. Efren Vazquez Mahindra +13.708

World Championship
1. Maverick Viñales KTM 323 points
2. Alex Rins KTM 311 points
3. Luis Salom KTM 302 points
4. Alex Marquez KTM 213 points
5. Jonas Folger Kalex KTM 183 points

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Tom Lüthi with sixth Moto2-podium of the season

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Team Interwetten Paddock’s Tom Lüthi finished third in the Grand Prix of Japan and already celebrated the sixth podium of the season. The 27 year old was in the fourth row after the difficult qualifying for semi-wet track but catapulted himself with a lightning start immediately in the lead group. Before he could take advantage of its favorable position, the race was aborted: The Spaniard Tito Rabat crashed and Pol Espargaró’s only remaining championship rival Scott Redding could not avoid and collided with Rabat’s machine, so the race for the British along with his last title hopes was over.

After this incident, the Moto2 race was shortened as it was the case in the previous Grand Prix in Australia and Malaysia and restarted as a 15- lap sprint. Lüthi had kept his nerves and once again drove right back into the top flight and came back with a fifth place in the first round. In round three he overtook the french Johann Zarco and took the third place. For the rest of the race in second place followed Lüthi the moving Mika Kallio, but the gap at the end was not able to close and so he drove two seconds behind the Finn with a wheelie across the finish line in third place . Pol Espargaró celebrated his world title with a win.

Classification
1. Pol Espargaro / SPA / Kalex / 28:15,162 Min.
2. Mika Kallio / FIN / Kalex / + 1,344 Sek.
3. Tom Lüthi / SUI / Suter / + 3,379 Sek.

World Championship
1. Pol Espargaro / SPA / 265 points (World champion)
2. Scott Redding / GBR / 224 points
3. Esteve Rabat / SPA / 204 points
6. Tom Lüthi / SUI / 146 points

Text/Photo: PR Interwetten Paddock

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Next podium for Marc Marquez

 

The Japanese Grand Prix has ended with Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa once again sharing the podium, second and third, respectively in a race won by Jorge Lorenzo. With this result, Marquez remains overall leader with a 13-point advantage over Lorenzo, with a fourth place finish at the final race of the year sufficient to give him the title in the event of a win by his rival.

After two days full of uncertainty due to adverse weather conditions, today the seventeenth race of the season took place under blazing sunshine. At the start, Jorge Lorenzo took the lead and his teammate, Valentino Rossi, watched his back, with Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa hot on his heels. A mistake by the Italian on the second lap allowed the Repsol Honda Team riders to get behind Lorenzo ‒already had more than 1 second ahead by then. Boasting an excellent pace, both closed the gap and stuck with the race leader, but were unable to get past. At the end of the race, Lorenzo re-opened the distance and took the win.

Tough fight again between Lorenzo and Marquez

The title will be decided in a fortnight’s time in Valencia, at the final round of the season. Marquez holds a 13-point advantage and has a third chance to seal the World Championship in his rookie season. With second and third place for Marquez and Pedrosa today, Repsol Honda clinched the Teams World Championship.

Marc Marquez: “Second place today is a very good result. After my crash in warmup, I knew that it would be difficult to be consistent ‒because in the morning I hadn’t managed that either. This was my first time at this track with a MotoGP bike and in practice I was unable to get any references in the dry, leaving me with only the warm up and the race in which to find my way. I saw that Jorge [Lorenzo] was a little stronger than us here and I had a couple of scary moments, making me decide that twenty points and the gap being reduced by only five points would be a decent result. There is only one race remaining ‒the most important of the year‒ so we shall try to be more focused than ever at Valencia.”

Classification
1. Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 42:34.291
2. Marc Marquez Repsol Honda +3.188
3. Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda +4.592
4. Alvaro Bautista Honda +19.755
5. Stefan Bradl Honda +22.810

World Championship
1. Marc Marquez Repsol Honda 318 points

2. Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 305 points
3. Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda 280 points
4. Valentino Rossi Yamaha 224 points
5. Cal Crutchlow Yamaha 188 points

Text/Photo: Repsol Media Service

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