Stage three was very difficult in the Dakar rally this year. The early part of the course was tight and technical with exceptionally difficult navigation, and most of the riders were lost at one time or another. Much of the course was up above 10,000 feet of elevation, which further took a toll. And it was a marathon stage, which means the riders have no technical support at the end of the day.
      Predictably, it was three of the most experienced riders who finished up front. Joan Barreda strengthened his lead for HRC Honda with another stage win. Cyril Despres had his best finish so far on his new Yamaha, and Red Bull KTM’s Marc Coma came in 6 minutes 56 behind the leader. He is currently 13 minutes 04 off Barreda overall lead time.
Results Stage 3 (unofficial after arrival of 60 riders)
1, Joan Barreda, ESP, Honda at 3 hours 47.03
2, Cyril Despres, FRA, Yamaha at 4.41
3, Marc Coma, ESP, KTM at 6.56
4, Alain Duclos, FRA, Sherco at 10.51
5, David Casteu, FRA, KTM at 11.17

Overall after Stage 3
1, Barreda 9 hours 56.44
2, Despres at 13.04
3, Coma at 13.56
4, Duclos at 16.38

5, Lopez at 18.39

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