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Michael Metge at the 2017 Dakar Rally

Barreda pushes Honda to second consecutive Dakar stage win as weather hits

Jan 112017

The Monster Energy Honda Team really hit their stride at the 2017 Dakar during a wet and gruelling eighth stage of fourteen in South America as Joan Barreda followed Ricky Brabec previous day’s success by posting his second victory of the race and the team’s third of the contest.

“There were a lot dangers out there at the start of the special. A lot of water, a lot of mud and mist to make the visibility more complicated,” ‘Bang Bang’ reflected. “But I got to enjoy the final 300 kilometres and I was able to open the throttle a bit more. By the end, the tyres had taken a fair beating from the marathon stage and were skidding a lot. But it was great fun to finish at the front and with the best time too.”