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Dakar Day Cancelled Again

The ninth stage of the Dakar Rally has finally been cancelled due to the poor meteorological conditions that affected all the Dakar logistics.

A second stage triumph for Joan Barreda who commanded from start to finish in both specials of the Rally Dakar 2017 eighth stage. The Monster Energy Honda Team once again gave a master class in a race hampered by the weather.

There were a lot dangers out there at the start of the special. A lot of water, a lot of mud and mist to make the visibility more complicated. But I got to enjoy the final 300 kilometres and I was able to open the throttle a bit more. By the end, the tyres had taken a fair beating from the marathon stage and were skidding a lot. But it was great fun to finish at the front and with the best time too.

Stage eight of the Rally Dakar 2017, the second leg of the two-day marathon stage which set off yesterday from La Paz bound for Uyuni, was shortened by 72 kilometres due to a flooded river crossing in Bolivia. The day was split into two timed-sections, one covering 174 km on Bolivian soil, before crossing the border into Argentina for another, 246 km long.

Joan Barreda went full-throttle right off the bat, determined to take the stage victory. The Spaniard clocked the fastest time of the 110 bike category entrees who left the bivouac from Uyuni this morning. The bikers were faced with innumerable hazards in the Bolivian mud. Once onto Argentine terrain the Monster Energy Honda Team rider really let loose, not letting up until the final flag where he sealed victory. The win marks the second triumph for Barreda and the third for the team after the Ricky Brabec’s win yesterday.

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Results Stage 8

Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Time/Gap
1 BARREDA Joan 11 SPA Monster Energy Honda Team 4:28’21
2 WALKNER Matthias 14 AUT Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team +3’51
3 SUNDERLAND Sam 16 GBR Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team +3’54
4 METGE Michael 15 FRA Monster Energy Honda Team +4’25
5 PEDRERO Joan 12 SPA Sherco TVS Rally Factory +6’00
6 GONCALVES Paulo 17 POR Monster Energy Honda Team +07’06
7 QUINTANILLA Pablo 3 CHI Husqvarna Factory Rally Team +7’07
8 RENET Pierre-Alexandre 31 FRA Husqvarna Factory Rally Team +9’26
9 DE SOULTRAIT Xavier 23 FRA Viltais Racing Team HFP +9’31
10 FARRES Gerard 8 SPA Himoinsa Team +9’42
11 VAN BEVEREN Adrien 6 FRA Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team +10’27
12 BRABEC Ricky 9 USA Monster Energy Honda Team +11’41
13 SVITKO Stefan 2 SLO Slovnaft Team +11’55
14 NOSIGLIA Daniel 50 BOL MEC Team Nosiglia +15’53
15 CAIMI Franco 67 ARG Honda South America Rally Team +16’26

Rider Standings

PROVISIONAL STANDINGS AFTER STAGE 9

Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Time/Gap
1 SUNDERLAND Sam 16 GBR Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team 22:01’08
2 QUINTANILLA Pablo 3 CHI Husqvarna Factory Rally Team +20’58
3 VAN BEVEREN Adrien 6 FRA Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team +28’49
4 WALKNER Matthias 14 AUT Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team +34’14
5 FARRES Gerard 8 SPA Himoinsa Team +34’24
6 DE SOULTRAIT Xavier 23 FRA Viltais Racing Team HFP +50’10
7 RENET Pierre-Alexandre 31 FRA Husqvarna Factory Rally Team +1:08’09
8 GONCALVES Paulo 17 POR Monster Energy Honda Team +1:08’34
9 BARREDA Joan 11 SPA Monster Energy Honda Team +1:10’53
10 RODRIGUES Joaquim 27 POR Hero Motorsports Team Rally +1:36’00
11 CAIMI Franco 67 ARG Honda South America Rally Team +1:51’15
12 BRABEC Ricky 9 USA Monster Energy Honda Team +1:52:31
13 METGE Michael 15 FRA Monster Energy Honda Team +1:53’34
14 DUPLESSIS Martín 34 ARG Asistencia Med +2:00’34
15 SMITH Todd 76 AUS Duust Rally Team +2:01’56

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