Joan Barreda accomplishes the mission of fending off challengers in the fifth stage of the Rally Dakar 2015. The Spaniard aboard the Honda CRF450 RALLY keeps his distance from his closest rival, as fellow Team HRC members also remain among the front-runners.

The caravan continued to snake its way across the South American continent, leaving Copiapó behind, with destination Antofagasta on the Pacific coast, as a hazardous, rapid-paced stage full of broken up track and fesh-fesh, sped its way across the Atacama desert.

It was Joan Barreda, as yesterday’s stage winner, who set off from the front this morning with a clear objective of consolidating his overall lead and minimizing risks. He was eventually reached by Marc Coma, as the two continued their now habitual duel, finishing the stage together.
Team HRC riders Paulo Gonçalves, Hélder Rodrigues and Jeremías Israel all experienced various types of setbacks over the 458 km distance today, but were nevertheless all able to improve on their overall standings.

The day’s fourth position for Paulo helps solidify his third overall spot, with both Hélder and Jeremías finishing tucked in behind this year’s world championship runner-up.

A prudent Laia Sanz continues to keep up recent form, finishing 21st on the day, and retaking 17th on the overall leaderboard.
The three Honda South America Rally Team riders, Javier Pizzolito, Daniel Gouet and Jean Azevedo, likewise, put in consistent performances among the front-runners. The Argentine rider was once again the best of the bunch, reliably up in the first fifteen of the stage, and 13th overall. In the general standings Gouet lies highest in 21st.


 

TOMORROW’S STAGE
STAGE 6 – Friday, 9th January
Antofagasta (CHI) – Iquique (CHI)

Liaison: 369 km
Special stage: 319 km


 

A celebration in Iquique
The route will then climb up the Pacific coast towards Iquique. The motorcycles will cover a few extra kilometres as part of the special stage: a detour will take them into endurance-type terrain and onto mountain ridges with views over the sea. All the competitors will then explore the dunes which run alongside and dominate the coastline. But they won’t arrive at the bivouac via the famous descent. For the first time, the half-way point in the race will be marked on a podium in the centre of Iquique. The encounter between riders and their fans will be emotional, following the earthquake which affected the region at the start of the year.

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Dakar Rally 2015 Team HRC Stage 5
Dakar Rally 2015 Behind the Scene Stage 5
Joan Barreda

Joan Barreda

2nd / +2'16

I led off today until Marc caught up with me. He kept up a cracking pace and I tried to stay as close to him as possible. After the refuelling he really pushed hard. There was a lot of navigation in this very fast stage, as well as a lot of fesh-fesh and stones. The final part was pretty dangerous. I’m happy to be still out in front. We are taking it step by step.

Team HRC
Paulo Goncalves

Paulo Goncalves

5th / +4'37

Today was quite a hard and complicated stage full of stones, fesh-fesh, and holes everywhere. I started out from 12th position, and there was a lot of dust, and I had to be careful, which made me lose a bit of time up until kilometre 100. In the final part, I had a little difficulty finding one of the waypoints and dropped some time. Tomorrow’s starting position is good and I hope to keep up the concentration without making too many mistakes.

Team HRC
Helder Rodrigues

Helder Rodrigues

6th / +6'35

It was a tough one. I began in 20th place. There was loads of dust, and overtaking the other riders was practically impossible. After the refuelling, I managed to get by some of the other riders and keep up a good pace, always attacking. There is just over a week left and we have to keep the pressure up until the end.

Team HRC
Jeremias Israel

Jeremias Israel

7th / +7'10

I’m pleased to have finished the stage and be among the top group. At times I pushed really hard, and managed to overtake some of the other riders. When I caught up with Walkner, I let him go ahead of me, and keep with him until the finish-line. I think we can put that down as a good stage, and look forward to the ones coming up.

Team HRC
Laia Sanz

Laia Sanz

19th / +26'46

I’m tired. It was a tough one this stage. There were a lot of dangers too. I had to keep such a tight grip on the handlebars that by the time I’d got through, I hardly had any strength left in my hands. I’m pleased that I didn’t lose any time. The important thing is to not come off, and I’ve been able to do that. Now, we are off to prepare tomorrow’s stage. Let’s hope that it goes well.

Team HRC
Dakar Rally

Dakar, Dakar (multiple countries)

Rally 2015

Thursday 8 Jan 2015, 15:38 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Marc Coma SPA 25 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM 4:38'16
2 Joan Barreda SPA 20 Team HRC Honda +2'16
3 Pablo Quintanilla CHI 16 KTM Rally Team KTM +2'40
4 Stefan Svitko SLK 13 Slovnaft Team KTM +3'54
5 Paulo Goncalves POR 11 Team HRC Honda +4'37
6 Helder Rodrigues POR 10 Team HRC Honda +6'35
7 Jeremias Israel CHI 9 Team HRC Honda +7'10
8 Matthias Walkner AUT 8 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +7'24
9 Alain Duclos FRA 7 Sherco Rally Factory Sherco +9'57
10 Toby Price AUT 6 KTM AUS Rally Factory KTM +10'05
11 Jordi Viladoms SPA 5 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +13'48
12 Joan Pedrero SPA 4 Pont Grup Yamaha JVO Yamaha +14'25
13 Javier Pizzolito ARG 3 Honda South America Rally Team Honda +16'49
14 Ivan Jakes SLK 2 Microstep Industry Team KTM +16'55
15 Ruben Faria POR 1 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +17'24
16 David Casteu FRA 0 Team Casteu KTM +17'47
17 Riaan van Niekerk RSA 0 Brother Link KTM Rally KTM +22'52
18 Alessandro Botturi ITA 0 Yamaha Racing Yamaha +23'31
19 Laia Sanz SPA 0 Team HRC Honda +26'46
20 0 +29'04
21 Daniel Gouet CHI 0 Honda South America Rally Team Honda +31'59
22 Patricio Cabrera CHI 0 Kawasaki Chile Team Kawasaki +32'40
23 Emanuel Gyenes ROU 0 Autonet Motorcycle Team KTM +35'07
24 Olivier Pain FRA 0 Yamaha Racing Yamaha +35'14
25 Hans Vogels NDL 0 Team Hans Vogels KTM +35'29
37 Jean Azevedo BRA 0 Honda South America Rally Team Honda +51'31
Wednesday 7 Jan 2015, 15:25 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Joan Barreda SPA 25 Team HRC Honda 3:27'28
2 Marc Coma SPA 20 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +1'59
3 Pablo Quintanilla CHI 16 KTM Rally Team KTM +2'49
4 Jordi Viladoms SPA 13 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +10'44
5 Ruben Faria POR 11 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +10'55
6 Javier Pizzolito ARG 10 Honda South America Rally Team Honda +11'29
7 Alain Duclos FRA 9 Sherco Rally Factory Sherco +12'51
8 Laia Sanz SPA 8 Team HRC Honda +13'48
9 Stefan Svitko SLK 7 Slovnaft Team KTM +13'51
10 Michael Metge FRA 6 Team HRC Honda +14'32
11 Alessandro Botturi ITA 5 Yamaha Racing Yamaha +14'52
12 Paulo Goncalves POR 4 Team HRC Honda +14'56
13 Daniel Gouet CHI 3 Honda South America Rally Team Honda +15'05
14 Ivan Jakes SLK 2 Microstep Industry Team KTM +15'30
15 Riaan van Niekerk RSA 1 Brother Link KTM Rally KTM +16'17
18 Helder Rodrigues POR 0 Team HRC Honda +20'31
27 Jean Azevedo BRA 0 Honda South America Rally Team Honda +27'53
40 Jeremias Israel CHI 0 Team HRC Honda +35'43
Tuesday 6 Jan 2015, 15:01 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Matthias Walkner AUT 25 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM 2:34'28
2 Marc Coma SPA 20 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +00'40
3 Joan Barreda SPA 16 Team HRC Honda +1'53
4 Toby Price AUT 13 KTM AUS Rally Factory KTM +2'45
5 Paulo Goncalves POR 11 Team HRC Honda +2'49
6 Alain Duclos FRA 10 Sherco Rally Factory Sherco +3'11
7 Ruben Faria POR 9 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +3'26
8 Jeremias Israel CHI 8 Team HRC Honda +4'02
9 Jordi Viladoms SPA 7 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +4'36
10 Joan Pedrero SPA 6 Pont Grup Yamaha JVO Yamaha +5'21
11 Sam Sunderland GBR 5 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +5'23
12 Pablo Quintanilla CHI 4 KTM Rally Team KTM +5'39
13 Stefan Svitko SLK 3 Slovnaft Team KTM +6'15
14 Alessandro Botturi ITA 2 Yamaha Racing Yamaha +6'16
15 Helder Rodrigues POR 1 Team HRC Honda +7'01
16 Michael Metge FRA 0 Team HRC Honda +7'51
17 Laia Sanz SPA 0 Team HRC Honda +9'28
18 Ivan Jakes SLK 0 Microstep Industry Team KTM +9'42
19 David Casteu FRA 0 Team Casteu KTM +9'54
20 Riaan van Niekerk RSA 0 Brother Link KTM Rally KTM +10'07
21 Olivier Pain FRA 0 Yamaha Racing Yamaha +11'35
22 Hans Vogels NDL 0 Team Hans Vogels KTM +13'42
23 Xavier de Soultrait FRA 0 Xavier de Soultrait Yamaha +15'38
24 Daniel Gouet CHI 0 Honda South America Rally Team Honda +15'53
35 Jean Azevedo BRA 0 Honda South America Rally Team Honda +25'42
36 Javier Pizzolito ARG 0 Honda South America Rally Team Honda +25'43
83 Demian Guiral ARG 0 Honda South America Rally Team Honda +56'02
Monday 5 Jan 2015, 13:41 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Joan Barreda SPA 25 Team HRC Honda 5:46'06
2 Paulo Goncalves POR 20 Team HRC Honda +6'13
3 Ruben Faria POR 16 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +9'16
4 Jordi Viladoms SPA 13 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +9'20
5 Toby Price AUT 11 KTM AUS Rally Factory KTM +9'42
6 Matthias Walkner AUT 10 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +11'25
7 Helder Rodrigues POR 9 Team HRC Honda +11'35
8 Marc Coma SPA 8 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +12'32
9 Jeremias Israel CHI 7 Team HRC Honda +15'49
10 Joan Pedrero SPA 6 Pont Grup Yamaha JVO Yamaha +16'45
11 Pablo Quintanilla CHI 5 KTM Rally Team KTM +18:00
12 Stefan Svitko SLK 4 Slovnaft Team KTM +21:44
13 Alain Duclos FRA 3 Sherco Rally Factory Sherco +21:55
14 Pablo Quintanilla CHI 2 KTM Rally Team KTM +22:50
15 David Casteu FRA 1 Team Casteu KTM +23:20
16 Laia Sanz SPA 0 Team HRC Honda +23'34
17 Michael Metge FRA 0 Team HRC Honda +25'25
18 Alessandro Botturi ITA 0 Yamaha Racing Yamaha +26'11
19 Olivier Pain FRA 0 Yamaha Racing Yamaha +26'19
20 Ivan Jakes SLK 0 Microstep Industry Team KTM +31'05
21 Xavier de Soultrait FRA 0 Xavier de Soultrait Yamaha +32'39
22 Kuba Przygonski POL 0 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +32'43
23 Hans Vogels NDL 0 Team Hans Vogels KTM +35'14
24 Daniel Gouet CHI 0 Honda South America Rally Team Honda +35'56
Sunday 4 Jan 2015, 12:10 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Sam Sunderland GBR 25 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM 1:18'57
2 Paulo Goncalves POR 20 Team HRC Honda +00'05
3 Marc Coma SPA 16 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +1'12
4 Joan Barreda SPA 13 Team HRC Honda +1'42
5 Alain Duclos FRA 11 Sherco Rally Factory Sherco +2'08
6 Jeremias Israel CHI 10 Team HRC Honda +2'16
7 David Casteu FRA 9 Team Casteu KTM +2'36
8 Matthias Walkner AUT 8 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +2'42
9 Pablo Quintanilla CHI 7 KTM Rally Team KTM +2'58
10 Ruben Faria POR 6 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +3'02
11 Toby Price AUT 5 KTM AUS Rally Factory KTM +3'31
12 Helder Rodrigues POR 4 Team HRC Honda +3'32
13 Olivier Pain FRA 3 Yamaha Racing Yamaha +3'34
14 Jordi Viladoms SPA 2 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +3'45
16 Javier Pizzolito ARG 0 Honda South America Rally Team Honda +4'32
17 Laia Sanz SPA 0 Team HRC Honda +4'46