|Dakar Rally 2013: Mixed emotions Speedbrain - Barreda wins, Bottori lost.|
Husqvarna Speedbrain´s Joan Barreda wins the 10th stage of the Dakar, from Cordoba-La Rioja with a special test of 357 km. With this, his fourth stage victory, the rider who hails from Castellon, Spain, becomes the most honoured rider so far in the competition.
Joan on his Husqvarna TE449RR by Speedbrain showed once again that not only did he have the speed but also the skill to dominate every type of terrain.
Barreda, who started behind Despres this morning, eased his way through the course, catching up with Cyril Despres near the end of the special test. "Tuesday I’m really pleased with my fourth victory in this Dakar. I rode very well, very cleanly and didn’t take any risks once the special got going."
Paulo Goncalves, took the podium in third 2:44 minutes behind Joan after having fought back from seventh position at this morning’s start-line. "I was ready to attack right from the word go, but I had a lot of trouble trying to get past Ruben and Ivan. It was a great day nevertheless. It was a really enjoyable stage to ride, almost like an enduro course with all the different types of ground" he said.
Alessandro Botturi, was unlucky with his 7th place finish after spending most of the special up in third position, but a fall hampered his progress and he dropped down to seventh, finishing 8:05 minutes behind his winning team-mate. However, Alessandro remains in fifth overall place 24:25 minutes behind leader Despres in the overall leader-board.
"I was in third place until halfway through the special, and I felt great, but then I hit a rock as I took a curve, lost my balance and fell. I hurt my pinky quite badly, I hope that it’s not broken" Botturi told after the stage.
2013/01/16 | 15:15 CET | ARTICLE: MR/HS/SPEEDBRAIN