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.RiderNationTeamBikeTime
1BARREDA JoanSPAMonster Energy Honda TeamHonda4:28’21
2WALKNER MatthiasAUTRed Bull KTM Rally Factory TeamKTM+3’51
3SUNDERLAND SamGBRRed Bull KTM Rally Factory TeamKTM+3’54
4METGE MichaelFRAMonster Energy Honda TeamHonda+4’25
5PEDRERO JoanSPASherco TVS Rally FactorySherco+6’00
6GONCALVES PauloPORMonster Energy Honda TeamHonda+07’06
7QUINTANILLA PabloCHIHusqvarna Factory Rally TeamHusqvarna+7’07
8RENET Pierre-AlexandreFRAHusqvarna Factory Rally TeamHusqvarna+9’26
9DE SOULTRAIT XavierFRAViltais Racing Team HFPYamaha+9’31
10FARRES GerardSPAHimoinsa TeamKTM+9’42
11VAN BEVEREN AdrienFRAYamalube Yamaha Official Rally TeamYamaha+10’27
12BRABEC RickyUSAMonster Energy Honda TeamHonda+11’41
13SVITKO StefanSLOSlovnaft TeamKTM+11’55
14NOSIGLIA DanielBOLMEC Team NosigliaHonda+15’53
15CAIMI FrancoARGHonda South America Rally TeamHonda+16’26

Provisional Top 15 Overall Standings for the 2017 Dakar Rally:

Pos.RiderNationTeamBikeTime
1SUNDERLAND SamGBRRed Bull KTM Rally Factory TeamKTM22:01’08
2QUINTANILLA PabloCHIHusqvarna Factory Rally TeamHusqvarna+20’58
3VAN BEVEREN AdrienFRAYamalube Yamaha Official Rally TeamYamaha+28’49
4WALKNER MatthiasAUTRed Bull KTM Rally Factory TeamKTM+34’14
5FARRES GerardSPAHimoinsa TeamKTM+34’24
6DE SOULTRAIT XavierFRAViltais Racing Team HFPYamaha+50’10
7RENET Pierre-AlexandreFRAHusqvarna Factory Rally TeamHusqvarna+1:08’09
8GONCALVES PauloPORMonster Energy Honda TeamHonda+1:08’34
9BARREDA JoanSPAMonster Energy Honda TeamHonda+1:10’53
10RODRIGUES JoaquimPORHero Motorsports Team RallyHero+1:36’00
11CAIMI FrancoARGHonda South America Rally TeamHonda+1:51’15
12BRABEC RickyUSAMonster Energy Honda TeamHonda+1:52:31
13METGE MichaelFRAMonster Energy Honda TeamHonda+1:53’34
14DUPLESSIS MartínARGAsistencia MedKTM+2:00’34
15SMITH ToddAUSDuust Rally TeamKTM+2:01’56

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Yamaha Racing:

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.