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Joan Barreda Blasts Dakar Organisers After Losing 3 Hours On Stage 8

Author: Aaryn Minerds

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Joan Barreda, who finished yesterday‰Ûªs stage with his handlebar broken in two, made an overnight swap with those of Demian Guiral from the Honda South America Rally Team.

In a monumentally heroic effort the rider from Castillon had ridden over 120 km on the Honda CRF450 RALLY with just one hand, dropping barely six minutes to rivals. But likewise, an electrical fault put paid to any chances of a significant result today with Barreda finishing the day three hours behind the stage winner.

The race leader heading in to the day's stage did not hold back at after crossing the line on day, letting his feelings being known on his thoughts on the day's stage.

"In the end it‰Ûªs been collateral damage, and a disgrace what they‰Ûªve made us do today; to race in a sea." Barreda stated. "It was out of place.

"All the work on all the projects that we‰Ûªve done has gone down the pan. To make a decision like that just wasn‰Ûªt right. Today you couldn‰Ûªt see a thing; visibility was zero. We were floating around on top of the water. They ordered us to start and this is what happened; my Dakar is over."

Top Image: Joan Barreda's 2015 Dakar hopes are all over after losing 3 hours on stage 8.

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