2021 Rally Dakar – Sixth Stage.
The chess’ game that is being the Dakar 2021 today Joan Barreda played with white and won. He took his third partial victory (he has won all the even stages), a special triumph as it allows him to match the mythical Jordi Arcarons as the Spanish motorcycle rider with the most stage ‘notches’ in the Dakar.
Barreda controlled the race well, being constantly the fastest… although Ross Branch’s (Yamaha) push almost stole his wallet at the end, as the Spaniard had only 13 seconds left over the Japanese’ brand new signing, which is making a very regular Dakar and is another contender for the win, despite being only his third appearance.
Barreda adds his 27th stage win and is already third in the historical motorcycle classification (alongside Arcarons) to six from Peterhansel and Despres But looking at the category fight, the loot wasn’t as juicy as you’d expect on a day with sand and dunes. It is true that it was a hundred kilometers less than expected, but above all the navigation has not been so selective in a day with fewer tracks, and that has made everything more closed.
Despite coming out in an advantageous position, Barreda has only been able to scratch 9:53 to leader Benavides (who had no options opening) and 3:54 to Price,who launched a hard attack that gave the category’s lead as a reward. The Australian arrives at the head rest, with 2:16 over Kevin Benavides (Honda) and 2:57 over Cornejo (Honda), with Barreda now seventh to 6:25 of the Dakar double winner. If the second week maintains this trend, the fight in the motorcycle category is going to be spectacular.
Lorenzo Santolino (Sherco) has completed another good day with a seventeenth provisional scratch post (which is not bad coming out from as far away as he did today) and is eighth overall at 13:16 price. It is also worth noting today the performance of Jaume Betriú (FN Speed), who managed to get in the top 20 of the stage. Schareina (22nd), Pedrero (23rd) and Laia Sanz (25th) complete the top 25 of the day. Oriol Mena, for his part, again had problems in his Rieju and moved away from the top posts. Tomorrow the drivers will enjoy a well-deserved rest in Ha’il that they must take advantage of well because on the way back awaits them nothing less than the Marathon Stage, 7 and 8, in which Barreda will have to take responsibility for opening track again, a strategic move that not everyone wants.
Stage 6 – Motorcycle Qualification.
Joan Barreda (Honda) – 3h 45m 27s
Ross Branch (Yamaha) at 13 s
Daniel Sanders (KTM) at 53 sec
Ricky Brabec (Honda) at 2:24
Matthias Walkner (KTM) at 3:14
Adrien Van Beveren (Yamaha) at 3:33
Toby Price (KTM) at 3:54
Joaquim Rodrigues (Hero) at 4:35
Sam Sunderland (KTM) at 5:54
Pablo Quintanilla (Husqvarna) at 6:28
General – Motorcycle Qualification.
Toby Price (KTM) – 24h 08m 43s
Kevin Benavides (Honda) at 2:16
Nacho Cornejo (Honda) at 2:57
Ross Branch (Yamaha) at 3:41
Xavier De Soultrait (Husqvarna) 3:41
Sam Sunderland (KTM) at 4:23
Joan Barreda (Honda) at 6:25
Lorenzo Santolino (Sherco) at 13:46
Skyler Howes (KTM) at 15:12
Information and Image are shared from an Article by Marca, published on January 8th, 2021. Image Credit: Marca, 2021.