Joan Barreda and the Team HRC are the rival to beat, but for the moment, the sanctions are giving alternatives both in the special as in the general classification. The victory in the fourth stage has been to Paulo Gonçalves: “The first part of the marathon stage has been very
fast. I was close to Benavides in the refueling, but I have made a small
error in the area of speed control which cost me some time. I have
attacked to compensate and in the end has had its fruits in the finish line. It has been a good day.
it Was important to arrive with the bike in a good state. Happy for me
and for Honda.”
In fact, for the second consecutive day, Joan Barreda was left with honey on the lips. Despite the penalty of five minutes, the citys was happy with his pace: “Everything has gone well. I’ve advanced at a good pace and I was even able to overtake some riders during the special. That is good, although for the caminoi I had to eat the dust of a rival for quite a long time. Everything has gone really well. I have not suffered any mechanical problem, no drop. Everything has gone perfect to face the second marathon journey“.
Stéphane Peterhansel has premiered his record on the Dakar:
“It’s great news. This year we bring adjustments that work much better
in altitude, which allows us to turn better because the car is very
balanced. Is my first special that I win with Peugeot in the Dakar. We have
worked throughout the year, but still we’re not satisfied because we have not
done all of the tests that we would have liked to do”. Always prudent,
the French stated: “Is soon, we are in the third day gives cerrera.
We have made a good special without navigation errors and with good pace. That
yes, it is nice to see that the work is giving its fruits”.
Carlos Sainz he finished second, falling to the doors of
the victory. The spaniard has been setting stages a great comeback and has shown good pace
the Peugeot 2008 DKR16, although the spaniard has had any problems
during the stage: “Everything has gone well, although we failed once and that
mishap has cost us about 2 or 3 minutes while we changed the wheel. Is
clear that from the start of the Dakar we did not get to do a normal stage and
quiet. despite this, the pace is bueno“.