Joan Barreda (Honda) is still going strong in this final stretch of the Dakar And despite his left clavicle discomfort, he remains in the fight to win the Dakar. The Spaniard achieved the third fastest time at the finish line in the tenth stage, contested between Wadi Ad Dawasir and Bisha over 375 kilometers of special, although a subsequent penalty delayed him to fifth place. Barreda is now 10.47 behind the lead with the last two stages remaining.
Barreda reached the finish with 3:21 minutes lost compared to the winner of the stage, the Australian Toby Price (KTM), while Luciano Benavides (Husqvarna) was second (at 2:09) and the French Adrien Van Beveren (Yamaha) He was fourth at 3:35. A subsequent sanction penalized him with four minutes, delaying him to ninth place on the stage.
Van Beveren He took advantage of the fact that Sam Sunderland (GasGas) left just over 11 minutes to regain the lead. The French and the British are exchanging and now Van Beveren is the leader with 4:15 minutes of margin on the Chilean Pablo Quintanilla (Honda) and 5:59 on Sunderland.
And near that podium and in the heat of the fight again for the general classification, in the absence of the last two stages of this Dakar 2022, there is a Joan Barreda who despite everything is at 10:47 of the leader, just behind a Matthias Walkner (KTM) who is at 8:24 after losing 15:15 minutes in this tenth stage.
It was the second setback for KTM, after the defending champion Kevin Benavides had to abandon at kilometer 134 of this stage due to a mechanical problem, ending his options to finish this Dakar and continue defending his crown.