2017 Dakar Rally – Stage 10: Barreda, Barreda, Barreda

01/13/2017 @ 1:43 am, by Jensen Beeler4 COMMENTS

Racing returns to the 2017 Dakar Rally, with Stage 10 taking the competitors from Chilecito to San Juan. The day had two timed special stages, with 449km of terrain to cover while under the stopwatch.

One of the last days to make time on the leaders, we saw some heroic rides from farther down the time sheet, while the top riders kept it conservative.

Of course, the big news of the day was the retirement of Pablo Quintanilla, who fainted during the stage, and gave up his #2 spot in the overall standings. This was a huge blow to Husqvarna’s Dakar hopes for 2017, as Pierre-Alexandre Renet is now the team’s top rider – 6th overall after today.

Fortunes were mixed for the Honda boys as well, as Joan Barreda took another stage win, and climbed to fifth overall. Barreda is now less than hour back from overall leader Sam Sunderland, which should be a topic of conversation after Honda’s one-hour time penalty for an illegal fueling.

The day would have been a one-two for Honda, but Michael Metge missed allegedly missed a waypoint, and was handed another one-hour time penalty for it.

Metge’s ride still was important for HRC though, as the French rider helped Barreda, after the Spaniard made a navigation error – like any good water-carrier does.

Stage 10 was billed as the most difficult stage of this year’s rally, and for Yamaha’s Adrien van Beveren it certainly was. Making mistakes on the course, Van Beveren finished 17th on the stage, which dropped him to 4th overall. He will need to make up over three minutes to get back into podium position.

For KTM, it was solid day of time management for Sam Sunderland, who finished in 12th, over 17 minutes behind Barreda. But, because his nearest rivals didn’t fare the day as well, Sunderland actually extended his overall lead by almost 10 minutes.

Sunderland now commands a 30-minute lead over teammate Matthias Walkner, and a 38-minute lead over fellow KTM rider Gerard Farres. For as much contention as there has been for the 2017 Dakar Rally leaderboard, it is looking very possible that we could see KTM sweep the podium when we get to Buenos Aires.

Tomorrow sees the Dakar Rally heading closer to the finish line, with 288km planned for the penultimate timed special. Riders will have to contend with their last set of sand dunes, which will come early in the stage, before hitting more “rally” styled roads.

This will likely be the last chance to see movement in the leaderboard, though never say never.

Top 15 from Stage 10 – Chilecito to San Juan:

Pos. Rider Nation Team Bike Time
1 BARREDA Joan SPA Monster Energy Honda Team Honda 5:49’45
2 SVITKO Stefan SLO Slovnaft Team KTM +0’24
3 CAIMI Franco ARG Honda South America Rally Team Honda +3’48
4 RENET Pierre-Alexandre FRA Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna +4’21
5 RODRIGUES Helder POR Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha +5’46
6 CERVANTES Iván SPA Himoinsa Team KTM +7’15
7 METGE Adrien FRA Sherco TVS Rally Factory Sherco +8’18
8 GONCALVES Paulo POR Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +8’43
9 KLYMCIW Ondrej CZE Klymciw Racing Husqvarna +9’22
10 WALKNER Matthias AUT Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +12’53
11 SALVATIERRA Juan Carlos BOL Duust Rally Team KTM +14’57
12 SUNDERLAND Sam GBR Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +17’06
13 FARRES Gerard SPA Himoinsa Team KTM +21’25
14 SANZ Laia SPA KTM Factory Racing Team KTM +21’39
15 GYENES Emanuel ROU Autonet Motorcycle Team KTM +23’32

Provisional Top 15 Overall Standings for the 2017 Dakar Rally:

Pos. Rider Nation Team Bike Time
1 SUNDERLAND Sam GBR Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM 28:07’59
2 WALKNER Matthias AUT Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +30’01
3 FARRES Gerard SPA Himoinsa Team KTM +38’43
4 VAN BEVEREN Adrien FRA Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha +41’57
5 BARREDA Joan SPA Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +53’47
6 RENET Pierre-Alexandre FRA Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna +55’24
7 GONCALVES Paulo POR Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +1:00’11
8 DE SOULTRAIT Xavier FRA Viltais Racing Team HFP Yamaha +1:32’55
9 CAIMI Franco ARG Honda South America Rally Team Honda +1:37’57
10 SVITKO Stefan SLO Slovnaft Team KTM +1:48’45
11 RODRIGUES Helder POR Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha +1:51’25
12 SALVATIERRA Juan Carlos BOL Duust Rally Team KTM +2:04’38
13 KLYMCIW Ondrej CZE Klymciw Racing Husqvarna +2:08’55
14 RODRIGUES Joaquim POR Hero Motorsports Team Rally Hero +2:09’09
15 CERVANTES Iván SPA Himoinsa Team KTM +2:22’04

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Source: Dakar; Photos: HRC, Husqvarna, KTM, & Yamaha Racing

  • paulus

    Yay… Ms Sanz into the 14th spot for today’s leg.
    Honda’s are holding in there with their original engines… Barreda making massive gains, still with the possibility of a ‘hail Mary’. Will be an interesting next couple of days.

  • Chocodog

    These one hour penalties seem extreme. Honda is on par with KTM, but this year’s results won’t show it.

  • Hornet

    great comeback from Honda, the most stages won by any team. Unfortunately no cake for them in the end.

  • MichaelAndTheArgonauts

    Hell ya Laia!