|Dakar Rally 2014: Barreda runner-up in second part of the marathon stage.|
Team Honda HRC’s Joan Barreda finished the eighth stage of the Dakar 2014 in second place. Hélder Rodrigues crossed the finish-line in fourth, and Laia Sanz continues her run of excellent performances on the Honda CRF450 Rally pre-production model.
The Motobikes and Quads said goodbye to an accommodating and vibrant Bolivia on Monday and has moved on to Chile. Monday saw the second leg of the marathon stage, in the area of Salar de Uyuni, which had been reduced in length by some twelve kilometers.
Joan Barreda, Sunday’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 minutes, second only to Cyril Despres. Barreda has clawed back four seconds from Marc Coma in the overall standings.
"It was a really long special today and I’m very pleased with the marathon," said the Spaniard. "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."
Hélder Rodrigues, looking far more at ease in this stage, finished fourth some 6’44” behind the stage winner, and Javier Pizzolito ended the race in eighteenth. "It was a good stage for me and I’ve picked up a few minutes on my nearest rivals. My goal is to fight for a place on the podium, that’s 45 minutes away, which is quite a lot, but I’m determined to give my all to achieve it," admitted Rodrigues.
Honda Argentina Rally Team’s accumulation of good stage results continues with Laia Sanz always in the top twenty at the various time checks, finishing fifteenth at the end of the day. Team-mate Pablo ‘Cacha’ Rodríguez finished in the top fifty.
Bikes Overall results after SS08 Uyuni/Bolivia - Calama 462 km
||Coma, Marc (ES)
||Barreda Bort, Joan (ES)
||Viladoms, Jordi (ES)
||Duclos, Alain (F)
||Israel Esquerre, Jeremias (CHL)
||Pain, Olivier (F)
||Przygonski, Jakub (PL)
||Rodrigues, Helder (PT)
||Despres, Cyril (F)
||Gouet, Daniel (CHL)
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2014/01/14 | 07:01 CET | ARTICLE: MR/HS/ASO