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Joan Barreda

Spain Spain

BIOGRAPHY

Joan Barreda is one of the most talented riders on the Cross-Country Rallies scene and has eleven Dakar rally participations to his name. The Spaniard’s career began in motocross, where after demonstrating both talent and speed, he was selected by the Spanish Federation to compete in the 125cc World Championship, before a serious injury kept the rider out of the competition for a long spell. After a stint in enduro he moved on to rally-raid where he was discovered by Wolfgang Fischer, after clinching the 2012 Baja Aragón. No sooner had he been signed up for the team when he brought home the first success, taking the top step of the podium in the Pharaoh's Rally. 2013 saw the rider pick up some excellent results including four stage wins in the Dakar Rally with a sensational performance, as well as a podium finish in the Morocco Rally. Barreda shone in the Dakar 2014, grabbing five stage victories and was in the running for the overall win until a heavy fall in the penultimate stage meant having to accept seventh place. Since then he hasn't looked back. You can count on “Bang Bang'' Barreda to always be fast in the special stages, and ride with tremendous grit and style.

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