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Dakar 2014: Day 6 -Honda- TEAM HRC Makes it to the Break with Joan Barreda in 2nd Place

11
January
2014
  Posted at 07:30:00 AM
  File under  Dakar Race Honda
  Author: Honda
  Location: Normandy, France

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It was a fourth place finish for Joan Barreda, and sixth for Helder Rodrigues in this, the sixth stage of the Dakar 2014, which finished today in the city of Salta, Argentina. Both riders will be poised to attack from good positions when the the second part of the rally recommences.

It will be a well-deserved day of rest for the riders at the camp in Salta after six days of some of the most gruelling Dakar to date. It was, once again, a mountain stage full of hard ground, rocks, a lot of dust, some fesh-fesh and a fair share of animals.

Dakar 2014 Joan Barreda
Joan Barreda       © Honda

Joan Barreda finished in fourth place in the transition stage of today, taking no chances in the limited visibility and clouds of dust produced by the competitors up ahead. In doing so, the Spanish rider consolidates his position, and will be looking to push hard when the second week of the Rally Dakar gets underway.

Dakar 2014 Helder Rodrigues
Helder Rodrigues       © Honda

Helder too, stated how difficult it had been to gain any precious seconds on his rivals. It had been a blessing to the other riders to have started out in front. Rodrigues finished in sixth and moves up into eighth overall position. Argentino Javier Pizzolito crossed the line in 29th place.

Dakar 2014 Javier Pizzolito
Javier Pizzolito       © Honda

It was a pass with honours for the riders from Honda Argentina Rally Team, Laia Sanz and ‘Cacha' Rodriguez who continue in the race. Laia Sanz, who picked up a one-hour penalty for missing a waypoint, today made up for the places dropped in the overall standings and is now back in 20th place. Pablo Rodriguez, not wanting to take any chances after a fall yesterday, took it calmly and finished in 46th.

Dakar 2014 Laia Sanz
Laia Sanz       © Honda

TEAM HRC would like to make a special mention for Belgian rider Eric Palante, who passed away during the course of the fifth stage. Palante, a veteran and great aficionado of the Cross-Country Rallies was taking part in this his 11th Dakar on a Honda. Our most sincere condolences go out to family and friends. May he rest in peace.

Joan Barreda, SS6 4th +2'22, 2nd in the Overall :

"We made it to the half-way point at the rally here in Salta. We are happy, but it certainly hasn't been an easy week, with a few problems, particularly yesterday. Today was a day for catching the group ahead. It was really difficult to overtake with the fesh-fesh, but it worked out and we will be setting off with the leading group on Sunday's Salta – Bolivia stage. We'll be giving it our best."

Helder Rodrigues, SS6 6th +4'21, 8th in the Overall :

"Another day at the Dakar. The first part has finished. Today was a very technical day with a lot of dust and loads of dangerous curves. It was a very different special. They have been very quick and very dusty. The second special was really fast... and not so fast. Where you don't really gain anything, but you can lose everything. Sixth in today's standings isn't bad. We shall fight on."

Dakar 2014 Pablo Rodriguez
Pablo Rodriguez       © Honda


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