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Joan Barreda wins the 2021 Andalucía Rally

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Joan Barreda claimed the overall win in the second running of the Andalucía Rally.

Joan Barreda has claimed the overall win in the second edition of the 2021 Andalucía Rally ahead of Lorenzo Santolino and final stage winner Pablo Quintanilla.

The Andalucía Rally concluded, with riders tackling a tough first special over winding, slippery sections, and later, some very rutted ground that had been churned up by the previous days’ racing.

Pablo Quintanilla won the final 185-kilometre special by eleven seconds over Barreda. The new Monster Energy Honda Team signing couldn’t have got his maiden rally off to a better start. Furthermore, the Chilean rider was able to consolidate a brilliant third final position in the standings.

“We have finished the first race with the team and all I can say is that I am very pleased about it,” Quintanilla said. “It was a very hard week, super intense, but very important to be able to get to know the whole team, find some good sensations and get to know the way that the team works. I felt comfortable with the team, on the bike, and I think I have gradually progressed, finishing with a very good stage win. I have to thank all these people who have worked alongside me all this week. Now, we are going to rest a bit and plan the immediate future. I am very happy and motivated about all the things that lie ahead.”

Joan Barreda opened the track with breakneck pace, keeping his main rivals firmly in check throughout the race. It was certainly no easy stroll for the Spanish rider, who was forced to stay focused at all times, especially in the sections where the route re-covered the terrain which had been broken up by the previous days of racing. Barreda, who was only outpaced by team-mate Quintanilla on the day, eventually went on to claim the title of overall Andalucía Rally winner.

Pablo Quintanilla won the fourth and final stage and finished third overall.

“It was a difficult final stage, opening the track from the beginning,” Barreda said. “It has not been easy at all: we went over the same stretches of very broken tracks that we had already been over in the last few days. I had to keep calm and hold a fast pace because I knew they were chasing me down, pushing hard behind me. In the end, I felt pretty good and I was able to keep up the pace through to the final finish-line. Having such a very good stage has allowed me to win the rally.”

Lorenzo Santolino finished second overall.

Third on the final stage was enough for Lorenzo Santolino to claimed the overall runner up position.

Joaquim Rodrigues made a strong start to the stage but settled on the side of caution owing to a couple of crashes and brought the bike home safely in the seventh position. This was enough for him to earn a fourth place in the overall standings, building upon his win in the Prologue and a strong performance throughout the rally.

“Today was difficult day for me as I had a couple of crashes and hurt my hand and knee a little bit,” Rodrigues explained,” “So, I decided to slow down and focus on getting the bike to the finish safely. In the second part I got into a better rhythm and pushed through to the finish line. I am setting a good pace on the bike and the bike is also performing really well so I am happy with the results. I want to thank my team, entire Hero family and all our fans for their support.”

Rodrigues’ team mate Franco Caimi rounded out the top five in the overall standings after concluding the final stage in the same position.

Joaquim Rodrigue finished fourth overall.

Provisional Stage 4 Rankings:

  1. Pablo Quintanilla, Monster Energy Honda Team, 02h 09m 55s
  2. Joan Barreda Bort, Monster Energy Honda Team, +11s
  3. Lorenzo Santolino, Sherco Factory Rally Team, +47s
  4. Sebastian Buhler, Hero MotoSports Team Rally, +01m 05s
  5. Franco Caimi, Hero MotoSports Team Rally, +02m 00s
  6. Joaquim Rodrigues, Hero MotoSports Team Rally, +02m 50s

Provisional Overall Rankings after Stage 4:

  1. Joan Barreda Bort, Monster Energy Honda Team, 10h 47m 32s
  2. Lorenzo Santolino, Sherco Factory Rally Team, +03m 28s
  3. Pablo Quintanilla, Monster Energy Honda Team, +10m 29s
  4. Joaquim Rodrigues, Hero MotoSports Team Rally, +13m 50s
  5. Franco Caimi, Hero MotoSports Team Rally, +14m 05s
  6. Sebastian Buhler, Hero MotoSports Team Rally, +26m 04s

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