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Joan Barreda Opens Sealine Rally With Stage One Victory

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Joan 'Bang Bang' Barreda on the Honda CRF450 RALLY won a demanding first stage in the Sealine Cross-Country Rally disputed on, Monday, in Qatar.

After setting the pace just ten days ago in Abu Dhabi, it was once again Team HRC commanding from the outset of the Sealine in Qatar with Barreda taking the honours and the provisional leadership at the end of the first 164.18 km special with start in Losail Circuit.

It might have been the shortest stage of the race, but it was one in which riders had to use the full range of their rally skills to make it through. There was plenty of tough navigation, requiring constant and rigorous interpretation of the roadbook, to be able to carve the way through a complicated course.

A flawless Barreda put pedal to the metal on his Honda CRF450 RALLY from the start of the Sealine Cross-Country Rally battling his way past his adversaries in the process. At the end of the special, he had opened a deficit of more than a minute over Red Bull KTM's Marc Coma, winning the stage and establishing himself as the Sealine‰Ûªs first leader.

"I‰Ûªm really pleased with the stage in Qatar." Barreda stated. "Not just because I‰Ûªve been very fast, but also because of the navigation: I did a really good job.

"I had tried to change the first day strategy, but in the end I‰Ûªve picked up a very important win which sets me up nicely for the next few days.

Rounding out the top three after the opening stage was Red Bull KTM's Jordi Viladoms.

Sealine Rally Stage 1 Results:
1. Joan Barreda 01:42'31
2. Marc Coma +01'02
3. Jordi Viladoms +05'04
4. Mohammed Albalooshi +07'03
5. Helder Rodrigues +09'24
6. Paulo Goncalves +11'30
7. Sam Sunderland +17'03
8. Ruben Faria +19'12
9. Rafal Sonik +31'17
10. Mohammed Abu Issa +33'19

Top Image: Joan Barreda on his way to winning the opening stage of the 2014 Sealine Rally.
Credit: Honda Racing

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