Shaking off yesterday‰Ûªs troubles which ruled out any chance of winning the overall rally, Joan Barreda today re-established himself with a second-stage triumph in the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge.
The longest stage in the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge got underway with a motocross-style start and concluded with a rampant Joan Barreda clocking the best score in the timed special. It was certainly no easy day out in the Al Garbia desert for the Spaniard aboard the Honda CRF450 RALLY.
With no reference points ahead to guide him, Barreda showed some classy navigational skills that saw him romp home 11 minutes ahead of the stage‰Ûªs runner-up.
"I‰Ûªm satisfied." Barreda stated. "Today was a great day after the bad one yesterday. I rode a good pace, opening the way all day alone.
"I had a problem yesterday but we have figured out what it was and are working to get it sorted out; it‰Ûªs the same specification that we had in the Dakar. Some things are being worked on that will be at our disposal from the summer onwards.
"I really have great faith in the work that Honda is doing on the bike.
KTM's Sam Sunderland raced into second place on the day ahead of his Red Bull Rally team-mate of Walkner Mathias in third. The second place stage finish for Sunderland was enough for him to leapfrog another of his team-mates in Marc Coma to take over the race lead by 3 Minutes.