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January 4, 2017
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Once again, rearranged results were a reflection of a difficult day in the Dakar Rally. Stage three saw difficult navigation take some riders out of contention for the win, while others were victims of the high speeds. Joan Barreda won the stage decisively while his teammate Ricky Brabec damaged his bike in an incident. Yesterday’s winner Toby Price found it difficult to stay on course, while his KTM teammate Walkner suffered an overnight assessment of a 5 minute penalty for speeding in stage two.

Joan Barreda: “Today has been a great day. I’m very pleased because today the plan that we had worked out turned out perfectly. It was a tough day, as I had to push really hard all day, stay really focused, not make any mistakes and give 100% in the area of navigation at the beginning. At the waypoint at kilometre 40 I circled around a bit until Ricky showed up and gave me some references to mark the waypoint. It went really well and error-free with a very fast pace.”


Ricky Brabec: “Stage 3 was technical for everyone. Today I made a few mistakes. I was going a bit too fast in the dust and I came across a tree but at that speed I had to jump it. Luckily my front wheel and skid plate made it over just in time. I hit the other side with the wheel and blew the fender right off the bike. I don’t know exactly what went wrong with the bike but shortly after I pulled over. Svitko was coming right behind me but he crashed. I turned around and went backwards for him. By the time I got there he was getting up, so I parked the bike and repaired it and tried to make it to the finish.”

Toby Price: “It was a hard stage and the first 70 km was really difficult. If you didn’t hit your marks exactly right and get all your way points at the times you needed to, then your road book got all out of whack and you had to recalibrate and sort out where you were. I went a little bit too left in the first one and then I couldn’t find it. I ended up doing an extra 10-12 km more than I needed to today. We just have to put that day behind us.”


BARREDA Joan 11 SPA Monster Energy Honda Team4:23’41
SUNDERLAND Sam 16 GBR Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team+12’29
RENET Pierre-Alexandre 31 FRA Husqvarna Factory Rally Team+15’30
QUINTANILLA Pablo 3 CHI Husqvarna Factory Rally Team+16’02
GONCALVES Paulo 17 POR Monster Energy Honda Team+16’20
VAN BEVEREN Adrien 6 FRA Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team+19’40
CAIMI Franco 67 ARG Honda South America Rally Team+20’09
FARRES Gerard 8 SPA Himoinsa Team +20’43
PRICE Toby 1 AUS Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team +21’51
10 BRABEC Ricky 9 USA Monster Energy Honda Team +24’16


1 BARREDA Joan 11 SPA Monster Energy Honda Team 7:36’30
2 SUNDERLAND Sam 16 GBR Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team +10’20
3 GONCALVES Paulo 17 POR Monster Energy Honda Team +13’42
4 QUINTANILLA Pablo 3 CHI Husqvarna Factory Rally Team +14’56
5 PRICE Toby 1 AUS Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team +16’19
6 FARRES Gerard 8 SPA Himoinsa Team +22’00
7 VAN BEVEREN Adrien 6 FRA Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team +23’07
8 RENET Pierre-Alexandre 31 FRA Husqvarna Factory Rally Team +23’07
9 BRABEC Ricky 9 USA Monster Energy Honda Team +23’13
10 SVITKO Stefan 2 SLO Slovnaft Team +25’54