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Joan Barreda at the 2017 Vegas to Reno

Monster Energy Honda rule Nevada desert for second Vegas to Reno win

Aug 212017

In the same week that two of their athletes ripped paths through the fast and demanding Chilean desert terrain for the Atacama Rally, Monster Energy Honda were slaying competition and trails in North America as Joan Barreda and Ricky Brabec owned the twenty-first Vegas to Reno run; the Spaniard celebrating victory for the second year in a row.

The CRF450 Rally was more than up-to-the-task across the 540 miles of dry, rocky and occasionally risky land that spread out invitingly from the mecca of gambling and entertainment northwest up to Reno.

Dakar ace Barreda was in control from an early phase of the chase (the longest off-roader in the United States) and although Brabec, the 2014 winner, had a taste of home soil that was a little too close for his liking, was able to get back on the pace.

That’s mission accomplished,” Barreda signed off. “I wish to thank Johnny Campbell and the whole team for all the support, not just here in the race, but for all the facilities we have had all year round, in the testing and for the quality navigation-filled stages.”


Barreda will now realign goals in Argentina next week for the fourth round of the FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship with Kevin Benavides (a local favourite) and Paolo Goncalves also in play. “I'm already focusing on the next race, the Ruta 40, a very different race with a lot of navigation,” he said. “So far we have prioritized sprint races, to build speed, and now we are starting with the navigation, which might be a bit trickier in the beginning, but that’s what we’ve planned and we hope that everything works out well.”