2017 Dakar Rally – Stage 8: Barreda Strikes Again

01/11/2017 @ 1:47 am, by Jensen Beeler1 COMMENT

Stage 8 of the 2017 Dakar Rally continued to the marathon stage of the iconic race, where only racers can work on their machines, without the help of their mechanics. 

Thus, Stage 8 tests the durability of one’s machinery, as well as one’s ability to ride conservatively -it is worth mentioning then that there are only 110 remaining motorcycle competitors remaining in The Dakar.

Don’t tell that to Honda’s Joan Barreda though, who once again blitzed the stage leaderboard. The Spaniard is surely unable to overcome his one-hour time penalty, but one has to wonder where Honda would be without it, as Bam Bam has impressed this edition of the Dakar Rally.

Stage 8 was originally planned to be 492km of two timed special stages, but flooding saw the course shortened by 72 km. With the day starting in Bolivia, the riders finished Stage 8 in Argentina, the final country of this Dakar Rally.

Despite Barreda’s result, KTM’s Sam Sunderland retains his overall lead, after finishing the day in third – just under four minutes back from Barreda. Matthias Walkner managed to squeeze his KTM between Barreda and Sunderland though, which moves him into fourth overall.

Wednesday’s Stage 9 was set to be a long day, with two timed specials totaling 406km. There have been some question marks though, as many of the team’s support crews have been stuck en route to the bivouac – roughly 200km away – because of landslides.

With the traveling circus quite spread out, there is some talk of safety concerns. As such, Stage 9 has been cancelled by the ASO.

This means that there are only really two more stages where the leaderboard can be affected, which is not a lot for the five riders who remain in reasonable contention. As such, expect to see some hard racing on Thursday and Friday.

Top 15 from Stage 8 – Uyuni to Salta:

Pos. Rider Nation Team Bike Time
1 BARREDA Joan SPA Monster Energy Honda Team Honda 4:28’21
2 WALKNER Matthias AUT Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +3’51
3 SUNDERLAND Sam GBR Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +3’54
4 METGE Michael FRA Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +4’25
5 PEDRERO Joan SPA Sherco TVS Rally Factory Sherco +6’00
6 GONCALVES Paulo POR Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +07’06
7 QUINTANILLA Pablo CHI Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna +7’07
8 RENET Pierre-Alexandre FRA Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna +9’26
9 DE SOULTRAIT Xavier FRA Viltais Racing Team HFP Yamaha +9’31
10 FARRES Gerard SPA Himoinsa Team KTM +9’42
11 VAN BEVEREN Adrien FRA Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha +10’27
12 BRABEC Ricky USA Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +11’41
13 SVITKO Stefan SLO Slovnaft Team KTM +11’55
14 NOSIGLIA Daniel BOL MEC Team Nosiglia Honda +15’53
15 CAIMI Franco ARG Honda South America Rally Team Honda +16’26

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 22:01’08
2 QUINTANILLA Pablo CHI Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna +20’58
3 VAN BEVEREN Adrien FRA Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha +28’49
4 WALKNER Matthias AUT Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +34’14
5 FARRES Gerard SPA Himoinsa Team KTM +34’24
6 DE SOULTRAIT Xavier FRA Viltais Racing Team HFP Yamaha +50’10
7 RENET Pierre-Alexandre FRA Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna +1:08’09
8 GONCALVES Paulo POR Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +1:08’34
9 BARREDA Joan SPA Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +1:10’53
10 RODRIGUES Joaquim POR Hero Motorsports Team Rally Hero +1:36’00
11 CAIMI Franco ARG Honda South America Rally Team Honda +1:51’15
12 BRABEC Ricky USA Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +1:52:31
13 METGE Michael FRA Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +1:53’34
14 DUPLESSIS Martín ARG Asistencia Med KTM +2:00’34
15 SMITH Todd AUS Duust Rally Team KTM +2:01’56

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

  • paulus

    A strange rally this year. Some great changes to the leads in many sections… but a lot of shortening and cancellations. Safety is of paramount importance, but the world’s toughest rally seems to take a lot of opportunities to reduce the overall race.