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FIM World Cup: Honda´s Joan Barreda Interview - "We are good in all fronts".






Joan Barreda took the title at the "Sealine Rally" in Qatar, and in doing so becomes the overall leader in the FIM Cross-Country Rallies Championship, switching places with Team Honda HRC team-mate, Paulo Gonçalves.

Joan Barreda has continued to grow since he first joined Team HRC, with the rider now having won a total of eight specials in different world championship rallies: Morocco, Abu Dhabi and Qatar, not to mention five stages from the most recent Dakar. Finally, the fastest rider on a CRF450 Rally has achieved what previously eluded him: Winning his first full rally for Honda."

MR: Congratulations Joan. How does it feel to have won the Sealine, your second win in a world rally, and your first for Honda?

Joan Barreda: "I’m really pleased. The victory in the Pharaons Rally in 2012 was very important to me. The first win! Besides, that win featured the same team-members ,where we began together from zero. We are now on a very positive trajectory. Winning leaves a nice flavour in your mouth, especially in a team context, just like if I’m helping Paulo; it’s the team goal that counts."

MR: It’s the first victory with Honda and the second in the World Rally Raids. You have won a lot of stages of different rallies, but the race victory has evaded you a bit. You were close in Morocco, and at the beginning of the 2014 Championship in Abu Dhabi, you missed the chance on the opening day of the race.

Joan Barreda: "Yes. Last year I wasn’t able to compete in many races. In Morocco the team objective was the priority. The aim from day one was to help Paulo to win the title. But I’m really happy to be here, and in spite of beginning the championship with a few minor problems on the first day, I’m now the leader, and this means that we are both fast and consistent. We have been really good on all fronts; navigation, speed, pace, and teamwork. This means that we are not only fast but ambitious too."

MR: You started very strong, winning the first stage of the Sealine Rally. Was winning the first stage an important part of winning the overall rally?

Joan Barreda: "Yes. It didn’t do me any favours starting out as I did. It was more to Marc or Paulo’s advantage to start out from behind. But I knew that the biggest chance of winning this rally lay in the opening stage. A short stage of just 160 kilometers, where I was able to navigate well, in fact, perfectly, and I was able to get away."

"In the final days with 400 km stages, breaking away was practically impossible because the group would always catch you up. In the first, shorter stage, I knew that I’d have to try and break away to make the difference, and then change the strategy that had been set in Abu Dhabi."

MR: This type of rally with a lot of sand and dunes, and complicated navigation... does it make it easy to throw away everything that you’ve achieved the day before?

Joan Barreda: "That’s the way it is. In a rally like the Dakar, it happens a lot, but here with such an intense rally with such difficult navigation, you can’t make a break because you’ve got to always be reading the roadbook."

"You’ve got to be constantly looking at it, and whoever is behind sees your tracks, follows you, and finally catches you up. I think that what I did here in Qatar on the first day is the first time that it has happened; that a rider crosses the finish-line alone. It’s something really unusual. I think it made a a real difference what I did on the first day."

MR: You’re first in the World Championship. Your rival Marc Coma is second.

Joan Barreda: "Marc has been the reference point these last few years. He’s a rider with a lot of experience and a lot of speed. He gives his all. That’s why the win feels that much better."

MR: The Honda CRF450 Rally has once again shown its reliability.

Joan Barreda: "I think that they followed the same line as in Dakar. These races serve as a way of putting in more mileage. We have reached a very high level with a very reliable bike. If we can continue to work in this way, we should be able to keep going forward, especially in view of the next Dakar."

MR: This race wasn’t planned. Seeing how it went so well, will you now change the plan or carry on with the one established in the Dakar?

Joan Barreda: "We will continue as planned. It is a plan thought up for the Dakar 2015, to prepare us properly, and includes some extra rallies. But we’re not just thinking about the World Championship, but about the next Dakar, so that we arrive there at the highest possible level."

2014/05/04 | 09:21 CET | ARTICLE: MR/HS/HRC











Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results CARS & TRUCKS SS05 on Thursday | 29.08.2014 03:33 |




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results BIKES & QUADS SS05 on Thursday | 29.08.2014 03:24 |




Dakar Rally 2015: The real Odyssey before - or how to be at the Start in time. | 29.08.2014 02:40 |




Defender Challenge VIDEO: Impressions of the series by Bowler Rd 4 Wales | 29.08.2014 01:31 |




Defender Challenge: Rd 5 of the series by Bowler takes place this weekend. | 29.08.2014 01:27 |




Rally dos Sertões: Honda HRC riders finished first part of the marathon stage. | 29.08.2014 00:47 |




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Mitsubishi Petrobras Team crews SS04 Wednesday | 28.08.2014 17:10 |




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Official no comment rally video of SS04 Wednesday | 28.08.2014 17:08 |




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Baja Poland: Poland to welcome 112 competitors in Baja Poland this weekend. | 28.08.2014 02:20 |




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results CARS & TRUCKS SS04 Wednesday | 28.08.2014 01:56 |




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results BIKES & QUADS SS04 Wednesday | 28.08.2014 00:44 |




Rally dos Sertões: KTM’s Marc Coma hangs on to overall lead in dos Sertoes. | 27.08.2014 23:48 |




Rally dos Sertões: Paulo Gonçalves clinches victory in SS04 - the longest stage. | 27.08.2014 23:32 |




Desafío Inca: German manufacturer battle - X-Raid Mini vs SAM Mercedes CC | 27.08.2014 19:26 |




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results CARS & TRUCKS SS03 on Tuesday | 27.08.2014 18:33 |




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results BIKES & QUADS SS03 on Tuesday | 27.08.2014 18:29 |




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Mitsubishi Petrobras Team crews SS03 on Tuesday | 27.08.2014 17:55 |




Rally dos Sertões: Both Ford Rangers reached top speeds above 175 km/h. | 27.08.2014 17:07 |




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Onboard with X-Rally Ford Ranger Baumgart / Cincea | 27.08.2014 16:35 |




Rally dos Sertões: Stagewin for Toyota´s Varela in S3 but Spinelli still leader. | 27.08.2014 16:19 |




Rally dos Sertões: Goncalves - "Hope to ride hard without making mistakes" | 27.08.2014 16:00 |




Rally dos Sertões: Marc Coma wins again in Bikes and remains the leadership. | 27.08.2014 15:35 |




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Mitsubishi Petrobras Team crews SS02 on Monday | 26.08.2014 19:14 |




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Official no comment rally video of SS02 on Monday | 26.08.2014 18:57 |




Baja Poland: X-raid with four Mini All4 Racing - chase for World Cup continues. | 26.08.2014 17:21 |




Baja Poland: Overdrive Racing with five Toyota Hilux and Nasser Al Attiyah. | 26.08.2014 16:45 |




Rally dos Sertões: Mitsubishi´s Spinelli / Haddad the new leader in the cars. | 26.08.2014 05:17 |




Rally dos Sertões: Gonçalves wins SS2 in Bikes but Coma still overall leader. | 26.08.2014 05:02 |




Rally dos Sertões PHOTOS: Nice impressions from the first days in Brazil (79) | 26.08.2014 04:53 |




Baja Poland VIDEO: Official trailer of the Baja Poland FIA CC World Cup 2014 | 26.08.2014 04:32 |




Donaldson CC: Test of character for the teams at South African Vryburg 450 | 26.08.2014 03:49 |




Rallyraid: Kamaz Master legend Ilgizar Mardeev tragically died in an accident. | 26.08.2014 03:09 |




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results CARS & TRUCKS SS02 on Monday | 26.08.2014 02:30 |




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results BIKES & QUADS SS02 on Monday | 26.08.2014 01:59 |




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Driving onboard with Overdrive Toyota Hilux of Verala | 26.08.2014 01:46 |




Rally dos Sertões: Honda´s Paulo Goncalves wins second stage in the bikes. | 26.08.2014 01:28 |




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Official no comment video of SS01 Sunday (crash) | 26.08.2014 00:56 |




















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