The tenth stage of the epic Rally Dakar proved to be a really long but fruitful one for the Honda riders who stole the top two positions. Joan Barreda dominated the Antofagasta stage with Hélder Rodrigues finishing the 688 km course behind him. But it was Marc Coma who solidified his lead. Despite a fifth on the day, his overall lead is remaining intact as the rally winds down. It was a fourth stage win for Joan Barreda in the 2014 Rally Dakar, and a fifth victory for the Honda CRF450 RALLY, as the team completed the double with Hélder Rodrigues coming in second. Joan Barreda had previously picked up a fifteen-minute penalty for speeding in a radar control in the special yesterday. The Sentinel alarm system that reminds the riders they are entering an obligatory reduced speed zone failed to sound, and the rider from Castellón, Spain, momentarily exceeded the limit. The penalty dropped Barreda to tenth place in the standings. From the outset today, he set about making up the lost time on Marc Coma, his direct rival, and by the end of the day had clawed back 11 minutes 26 seconds.
“It was a real shame about yesterday. I was relying on the Iritrack alarm sounding, but by the time I realized that it hadn’t gone off, it was already too late. A shame. Today we started out from behind and I had to stay really focused because the navigation was tricky. I kept a cool head and kept upping the pace with every kilometre. I clawed back a few minutes. Let’s see how it plays out tomorrow in Copiapó.”
STAGE 10 Joan Barreda 04:42'00 ESP HONDA TEAM HRC Helder Rodrigues +08'00 POR HONDA TEAM HRC Cyril Despres +09'40 FRA YAMAHA Yamaha Racing Olivier Pain +11'11 FRA YAMAHA Yamaha Racing Marc Coma +11'26 ESP KTM KTM Red Bull Rally Factory Kuba Przygonski +15'08 POL KTM KTM Rally Factory Stefan Svitko +15'14 SLO KTM Oraving Slovnaft Team Javier Pizzolito +16'58 ARG HONDA TEAM HRC Ivan Jakes +18'17 SLO KTM Nad Ress Adventure Daniel Gouet +19'21 CHI HONDA Tamarugal Honda Racing XC Rally Team OVERALL 1 Marc Coma 41:48'33 ESP KTM KTM Red Bull Rally Factory 2 Joan Barreda +44'10 ESP HONDA TEAM HRC 3 Jordi Viladoms +02:02'03 ESP KTM KTM Red Bull Rally Factory 4 Olivier Pain +02:16'12 FRA YAMAHA Yamaha Racing 5 Helder Rodrigues +02:21'16 POR HONDA TEAM HRC 6 Cyril Despres +02:28'27 FRA YAMAHA Yamaha Racing 7 Kuba Przygonski +02:29'15 POL KTM KTM Rally Factory 8 Daniel Gouet +03:05'54 CHI HONDA Tamarugal Honda Racing XC Rally Team 9 Stefan Svitko +03:33'07 SLO KTM Oraving Slovnaft Team 10 David Casteu +03:41'54 FRA KTM Team Casteu
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