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Barreda wins for the third time but Price is the new motorcycle leader

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Joan Barreda Bort (Honda) won today the sixth of 12 stages of the 43rd edition of the all-terrain Dakar rally, in the category reserved for motorcycles, in the race disputed in Saudi Arabia.

Barreda, Honda team rider managed by Portuguese Ruben Faria, left the runner-up, Botswana rider Ross Branch (Yamaha) in second place at 13 seconds, and Australian Daniel Sanders (KTM) in third place at 53 seconds. This was the third victory in this year’s edition of the race, which has the Australian Toby Price (KTM) as the new leader of the two-wheel competition.

Price was seventh, 3.54 minutes from the winner and immediately ahead of Portuguese Joaquim Rodrigues Jr. (Hero), who completed the 655 kilometer run (485 of them timed) that connected Al Qaisumah to Ha’il in eighth, 4.35 minutes from winner.

Portuguese-Germanic Sebastian Bühler (Hero) was 21st, at 20.34 minutes, while Rui Gonçalves (Sherco), was 36th.

Note also to the Portuguese-French Alexandre Bispo (KTM), who has been accompanying the Spanish Sara Jugla (KTM). The two drivers were unable to get to the start of today’s special in time to start, so they will join the Dakar Experience, not counting for the overall classification.

This is led by Toby Price, 2.16 minutes ahead of Argentine Kevin Benavides (Honda), a former leader who today lost almost ten minutes, finishing 17th.

Chilean Jose Ignacio Cornejo (Honda) is third, 2.57 minutes from Price.

Joaquim Rodrigues Jr. is now 17th, 45.01 minutes from the leader, with Bühler keeping the 21st, at 1: 26.45 hours from the commander, and ‘Wild Kid’ Rui Gonçalves is 27th in his debut, to 2: 43.47 hours.

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