|SA-Dakar Rally: Good day for Speedbrain - Paulo Goncalves with misfortune.|
Husqvarna Speedbrain rider Joan Barreda showed his and his bike´s true potential at today´s second stage of the Dakar 2012. The Spaniard powered his Husqvarna 449 RR by Speedbrain to third place at what´s been the first real test in this year´s race (we reported).
Unfortunately the young Spaniard received a time penalty of five minutes because he lost his time card during strong winds on Sunday. Barreda bounced back and has improved to fifth place overall. Teammate Paulo Goncalves meanwhile suffered from a similar misfortune. The Portuguese, who placed 13th today, also picked up a penalty due to speeding. The remaining three riders, Zé Hélio, Ike Klaumann and Jose Pellicer, are doing fine a little further down the ranks.
Paulo Goncalves: "I was a little too cautious yesterday, which resulted in a not-so-great starting position today. Whenever I closed in on riders, it was not risk-free to pass due to the course. But I´m delighted having finished the first two days without a crash and plan to attack these coming days. I received a penalty yesterday bacause of speeding, now I have to fight and play catch-up. Nothing is lost, the real difficult stages are waiting."
"The first 170 km were very fast, often full throttle" said Barreda. "Then came a river bed with huge stones. I didn´t start any takeovers, as it was pretty risky to crash. I gained ground to the riders in front of me, managed to pass them in the sand and make up time. The final kilometres were physical and reminded me of a sandy Motocross track. Navigation was tricky also. I´m happy to start tomorrow´s stage in third."
2012/01/02 | 22:52 CET | ARTICLE: MR/SY/SPEEDBRAIN