Dakar 2018, stage 8: Luke, princess Laia and the last Jedi


Challenge the Dakar is, for the majority of mortals, authentic marcianada. On this basis and the pasta special of the are made of pilots, we may well be faced with characters of science fiction who come from distant galaxies. Maybe it’s a lot of fantasizing, but what is undeniable is that the eighth stage of the Dakar has left three heroes in key Spanish that could well be starring in the upcoming Star Wars films. In places that do not seem to own this planet, Joan ‘Luke’ Barreda, Princess Laia Sanz and the last Jedi Jonathan Barragan are shining with its own light.

beyond metaphors film, Joan Barreda signed an eighth special that will be remembered. Despite having the ligaments in your left knee affected, and severe pains in his wrist, the Honda pilot was able to get out to compete with a band compressor in his leg almost as unique assistance. Despite this and the opening track, Barreda rode against the attacks of the riders from KTM and Yamaha. He could not avoid yielding to a few minutes, but if you minimize damage to arrive at the final stage of the race in full fight for the ‘Touareg’.

Eighth on the stage, with 12 minutes lost compared to Antoine Méo, the Honda pilot is still alive in the general, despite living their most complicated in the race. However, Joan Barreda occupies the fifth position of the classification to 8:01 minutes of the leader Adrien Van Beveren and has two cards in the sleeve. The suspension of the ninth stage plays in his favor at the time of stabilizing their injury and be able to compete with more confidence. In addition, will leave behind all of his rivals in the special between Salta and Bethlehem, day, dunes, and terrain to make up time.


If Joan Barreda pulled epic, you can say that nothing or no one can stop Laia Sanz. Gives equal to that at the beginning of the day a flame stand in her way, because at the end of the stage will be among the best. In the eighth stage, Laia finished with the ninth best time, to just 13:16 minutes of the head. What is extraordinary in Laia is something normal and that allows you to be in the ‘top 15’ of the general, your goal before you start the rally. However, the hunger of this champion will lead it to seek goals even more ambitious.

Almost without any noise, Gas Gas began its return to the Dakar with a few ingredients, a bit peculiar, but the adventure of the Spanish brand is having a name of its own. Jonathan Barragan is signing a debut in the Dakar worthy of remembrance. Despite arriving with very few kilometers of specific training, the multi-champion of enduro seems to be touched by a wand, to the point of being the best ‘rookie’ in half of the stages so far this season. In addition, Barragan is the best rookie in the general, where it is thirteenth with, just ahead of Laia Sanz.