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Barreda Wins Second Straight Stage, Toby Price Moves Into Third

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Already a winner the day before in Cachi, Joan Barreda did not lower the pace on Stage 11 overnight, on the way to Termas de Rio Hondo with a second consecutive victory.

Already quick when leading the rally, Joan Barreda has become almost untouchable when he is free from any pressure. The Spaniard seemed to have decided to show that he was indeed the quickest rider on the 2015 edition by picking up a second consecutive triumph, his fourth since the start.

"Yesterday we had to change Paulo‰Ûªs engine with mine, which was fresher, and I had to put JeremÌ_as‰Ûª one in." Barreda explained. "We were working until two in the morning and we only rested for a couple of hours.

"Today the first part of the stage was complicated by the rains of last night, mainly with the swollen rivers. I got to the refuelling fine, and after that I pushed really hard on the mountain paths. Everything went well and I was able to win.

"We have proved that we can win not only stages, but also the whole race. Right now, the main priority is a win for the team."
Paulo Gon̤alves gave up 15 minutes to race leader Marc Coma after swapping engines with his team-mate
Paulo Gon̤alves who has still not given up on final victory. The Portuguese rider regained 2 minutes and 23 seconds from Marc Coma to move within 5 Minutes and 12 seconds in the general standings. However, the efforts of the Honda HRC rider could be in vain after receiving a fifteen minute penalty in the general standings for having changed his engine.

He borrowed this engine from Barreda who in turn had benefitted from the sacrifice of Jeremias Israel Esquerre, forced to exit the race after giving the engine of his Honda to his team-mate during this marathon stage.

Another rider may be able to take advantage of Goncalves engine swap is Australian Toby Price who finished 3rd on stage eleven and in the process moved himself up to third overall in the general standings, and now sits less than 10 minutes behind Goncalves in second with two stages left to run.
Toby Price has put himself in a great position to become the first Aussie since Andy Haydon in 1998 to finish the Dakar Rally on the podium - RallyZone Bauer/Barni
It has been an impressive maiden Dakar for the Australian but Price knows anything can happen at any time in the great race and is containing his excitement levels just for the moment.

"I can't get too excited just yet." Price commented. "Two days is still a long way away. There are still a lot of kilometres to cover. We're just trying to do the best we can, stay fit and healthy, keep the bike in good shape and that's just been my plan the whole way, pretty much.

"We're doing all we can and at this stage we're having fun while we're doing it. It's not too far from the finish.

"Today was not so bad." Price continued. "It wasn't extremely fast, but it was a good clean run with nothing crazy. You couldn't afford to run wide on turns today. It was just a good clean day, that was the main goal, to look after the bike, because it was marathon day. You don't want to be stuck out there or destroying the bike and we've done that so we're happy.

"On the last two days the stages have been really good, because I'm still trying to learn the navigation, and there wasn't really that much navigation on the last two stages. They kind of suited me a bit more, but then there was still a good amount of danger in there and I had a couple of little moments on the first day, so I just backed off and tried to just get through it.

"I don't want to be going and getting an injury and going out of the race with an injury this close to the finishing line. But everything is good." Price concluded.
Marc Coma has a very handy 21 minute race lead with just two stages remaining in the 2015 Dakar - RallyZone Bauer/Barni
Coma still remains in the lead, but will have to pull out all the stops over the next two stages if he decides to keep the same engine on his KTM.

‰ÛÏWe've managed to get through it. It's always stressful when you have to work on the bike, but everything is ok." Coma stated. "There is still a difficult day to complete tomorrow then again on Saturday.

"I'm not thinking about the finish yet. We'll see, because there are still a fair few kilometres to go, but for the moment I'm happy."

Australian expat Simon Pavey and his son Llewellyn Sullivan-Pavey continue to impress finishing stage 11 with the duo now sitting in 62nd and 63rd out of the close to 150 riders who started the event.

Stage 11 Results
1. IVAN JAKES(SVK) - KTM 450 RALLY REPLICA 3h28m08s
2. RUBEN FARIA(PRT) - KTM 450 RALLY REPLICA +00:00:08
3. TOBY PRICE(AUS) - KTM 450 RALLY REPLICA +00:00:42
4. MARC COMA(ESP) - KTM 450 RALLY REPLICA +00:01:05
5. PABLO QUINTANILLA(CHL) - KTM 450 RALLY REPLICA +00:02:38
6. HELDER RODRIGUES(PRT) - HONDA CRF450RALLY +00:03:50
7. STEFAN SVITKO(SVK) - KTM 450 RALLY REPLICA +00:03:53
8. HANS VOGELS(NLD) - KTM 450 RR +00:04:17
9. FRANS VERHOEVEN(NLD) - YAMAHA YZ450 RALLY 2014 +00:05:34
10. OLIVIER PAIN(FRA) - YAMAHA WR450F +00:06:11
67. LLEWELLYN SULLIVAN-PAVEY(AUS) - KTM 450 RALLYE +01:40:09
68. SIMON PAVEY(AUS) - KTM 450 RALLY REPLICA +01:40:39

Overall standings After Stage 11 of 13:
1. MARC COMA(ESP) - KTM 450 RALLY REPLICA 41h43m03s
2. PAULO GONCALVES(PRT) - HONDA CRF450RALLY +00:21:12
3. TOBY PRICE(AUS) - KTM 450 RALLY REPLICA +00:31:43
4. PABLO QUINTANILLA(CHL) - KTM 450 RALLY REPLICA +00:33:15
5. STEFAN SVITKO(SVK) - KTM 450 RALLY REPLICA +00:48:07
6. RUBEN FARIA(PRT) - KTM 450 RALLY REPLICA +01:40:43
7. DAVID CASTEU(FRA) - KTM 450 RALLY +01:46:51
8. LAIA SANZ PLA-GIRIBERT(ESP) - HONDA CRF 450 RALLY +02:13:20
9. IVAN JAKES(SVK) - KTM 450 RALLY REPLICA +02:24:46
10. OLIVIER PAIN(FRA) - YAMAHA WR450F +02:55:17
62. LLEWELLYN SULLIVAN-PAVEY(AUS) - KTM 450 RALLYE +27:40:10
63. SIMON PAVEY(AUS) - KTM 450 RALLY REPLICA +28:01:38

Top Image: Joan Barreda won his second straight stage and fourth for this years Dakar on stage 11

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