The Honda CRF450 RALLY: Helder Rodrigues & Joan Barreda Continue To Accumulate Stage Wins In The Dakar 2015

Immediate Team HRC response to yesterday’s ill-fated eighth Dakar stage, with four Honda CRF450 RALLY bikes occupying the first five positions. Portuguese Helder Rodrigues triumphant in the tough special stage in Calama.

Great day all round for Team HRC, registering a fifth victory so far in this edition of the Dakar 2015, and picking up a further one-two with Helder clinching the honours and an in-form Paulo Goncalves seizing runner-up spot. The Laia Sanz crusade up the overall rankings continues, the Spanish ace claiming eighth in a complicated special.

Helder Rodrigues sped his way to top line of today’s scorecard, over a 450 kilometre timed special, his second triumph thus far in the campaign. He had his work cut out, on a route that tackled broken-up paths, rocky terrain, and dirt track, requiring riders to be at their technical and navigational best just to make headway. Tucked in behind was fellow-countryman and team-mate from HRC, Paulo Goncalves, who whittled almost four minutes off Marc Coma’s final time. The Portuguese rider stands just 5’28” off the overall race leader.

Joan Barreda, after conceding three hours in yesterday’s exhausting marathon, was once again back in the hunt, with the special stage heading from Iquique to Calama, just the type of terrain suited to the Spaniard. Had it not been for a mild hitch in finding a waypoint, the man from Castellon could have improved on his final fourth place finish, on a day where Team HRC gave an excellent display of teamwork and bravado.

Jeremias Israel, likewise, spent much of the day amongst the front-runners, but a failure to find a waypoint and the consequent fear of running out of fuel, obliged the Chilean to incur a penalty that drops him down the overall order.
Javier Pizzolito of Honda South America Rally Team, once again excelled himself, after holding the leading position for a great part of yesterday’s race, the Argentinian Cross-Country Rallies champion finished in fifth on the day.

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TOMORROW’S STAGE
STAGE 10 – Wednesday, 14th January
Calama (CHI) – Cachi (ARG)

Liaison:
 520 km
Special stage: 371 km


Breathtaking
The bikers will set off for their second marathon stage! After the Chile-Argentina border, this time the day’s special stage will start on the Salinas Grandes, more than 3,600m above sea level. The altitude should curb the competitors’ enthusiasm and cool down their engines. The more technical final phase will separate the toughest of them from the rest. For the Liaison, the route will then follow the Paso de l’Acay, at an altitude of 4,970m.

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Helder Rodrigues

1st 5:06’14

I’m fine. I’ve worked very hard for this Dakar and to be up front. Yesterday, I lost it all and now I don’t want to take any chances, but I will give everything to win. Today I started out from behind, I caught up with Paulo and Joan, but I got lost in the dunes. Later, at the refuelling I saw that I was going well and I kept pushing. It was a hard day with a lot of navigation and loads of stones on the track, but I’m very happy with the way things went.

Paulo Goncalves

2nd + 3’51

Today was a good stage. I started out from behind looking to make up time. At kilometre 326, there was a waypoint that was quite difficult to find and I dropped a bit of time. There were 220 km still left to push and I clawed back some time, finished well, and cut down the distance in the overall standings. I’m very pleased with Helder’s win, and I believe that it has been a great day for Team HRC.

Joan Barreda

4th +19’47

It was tough. Especially after yesterday’s stage when we arrived back at the bivouac exhausted after having to push the bikes so far yesterday. We did a good job today and we intend to finish the rally with the same working method that we have used up until now. We will do everything to help our team-mate Paulo achieve victory.

Laia Sanz

14th + 43’20

Today was a very hard, physical day, with some difficult navigation, but it went really well for me. I didn’t make any mistakes, and that’s what it’s all about, carrying on like that until the end. Let’s see how tomorrow’s marathon stage goes tomorrow. We’ve already seen that it doesn’t need anything spectacular, just hard work and no errors.

Jeremias Israel

15th + 51’30

It was a complicated day for me. The route and the navigation were difficult for me. I was pushing hard with Helder and after the refuelling I had to stop and think about what I had to do. I missed a waypoint as I decided not to stay out there in the middle of the desert. The Dakar isn’t over yet and we are going to continue pushing.

Javier Pizzolito

5th + 20’07

I’m happy because I’ve found a rhythm: out in front with no dust. My physical state is really good and now I hope to have some good stages down in Argentina and put the problems of the first few days behind me.

2015 Dakar Rally
Stage Stage 9  

Results Stage 9

Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 RODRIGUES Helder POR Team HRC Honda 5:06’14
2 GONCALVES Paulo POR Team HRC Honda + 3’51
3 COMA Marc SPA KTM Red Bull Rally Factory KTM + 7’34
4 BARREDA Joan SPA Team HRC Honda + 19’47
5 PIZZOLITO Javier ARG Honda South America Rally Team Honda + 20’07
6 SVITKO Stefan SLO Slovnaft Team KTM + 21’40
7 WALKNER Mathias AUT KTM Red Bull Rally Factory KTM + 22’02
8 PRICE Toby AUS KTM AUS Rally Factory KTM + 23’09
9 QUINTANILLA Pablo CHI KTM KTM + 23’15
10 PAIN Olivier FRA Yamaha Racing Yamaha + 28’09
11 CASTEU David FRA Team Casteu KTM + 28’12
12 FARIA Ruben POR KTM Red Bull Rally Factory KTM + 34’22
13 JAKES Ivan SLO Microstep Industry Team KTM + 38’18
14 SANZ Laia SPA Team HRC Honda + 43’20
15 ISRAEL Jeremias CHI Team HRC Honda + 51’30
16 CECI Paolo ITA Chavo Salvatierra Racing KTM + 57’41
17 ARANA Txomin SPA GOR Sport Yamaha + 58’53
18 PRZYGONSKI Kuba POL KTM Red Bull Rally Factory KTM + 1:02’11
19 KLYMCIW Ondrej CZE Barth Racing KTM + 1:05’10
20 PEDRERO Joan SPA Pont Grup Yamaha JVO Yamaha + 1:08’16
21 CABRERA Patricio CHI Kawasaki Chile Team Kawasaki + 1:10’26
22 VOGELS Hans NDL Team Hans Vogels KTM + 1:13’44
23 DE SOULTRAIT Xavier FRA Xavier de Soultrait Yamaha + 1:14’24
24 AZEVEDO Jean BRA Honda South America Rally Team Honda + 1:15’13
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Stage Stage 9  

Provisional Standings after Stage 9

Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 COMA Marc SPA KTM Red Bull Rally Factory KTM 34:05’00
2 GONCALVES Paulo POR Team HRC Honda + 5’28
3 QUINTANILLA Pablo CHI KTM KTM + 26’52
4 PRICE Toby AUS KTM AUS Rally Factory KTM + 31’31
5 SVITKO Stefan SLO Slovnaft Team KTM + 40’36
6 FARIA Ruben POR KTM Red Bull Rally Factory KTM + 1:01’22
7 CASTEU David FRA Team Casteu KTM + 1’31’26
8 SANZ Laia SPA Team HRC Honda + 1:54’37
9 JAKES Ivan SLO Microstep Industry Team KTM + 2:18’31
10 PAIN Olivier FRA Yamaha Racing Yamaha + 2:36’13
11 RODRIGUES Helder POR Team HRC Honda + 3:18’07
18 BARREDA Joan SPA Team HRC Honda + 4:23’51
21 PIZZOLITO Javier ARG Honda South America Rally Team Honda + 5:21’28
25 AZEVEDO Jean BRA Honda South America Rally Team Honda + 5:55’20
30 ISRAEL Jeremias CHI Team HRC Honda + 6:40’16

Joan Barreda accelerates his way to a third win in the Dakar 2015 as the tenth stage concludes in Cachi, Argentina. Paulo Gonçalves holds second place outright, and Laia enjoys eighth overall.

With six out of a possible ten stage victories, the Honda CRF450 RALLY has been the runaway winner of the manufacturers, until now, in this 2015 Rally Dakar, already equalling the total number of victories of last year’s edition, with three stages still left to run.

It was a win in the tenth stage once again at the hands of Joan Barreda, in a fine exhibition of conviction and leadership qualities, which saw the Spaniard lead the charge from metre one of the special, until its culmination 371 kilometres later, clocking a 1’39” margin over the nearest rival and taking the score tab of stage triumphs to three.
Riders awoke today to the first part of the marathon stage, which headed out from Calama before finishing up at the camp in Cachi, where all bikes were immediately impounded in the parc fermè, barred from receiving overnight assistance, except by the participants themselves.

Hélder Rodrigues and Paulo Gonçalves covered a great length of the course in each other’s company, Barreda and Coma joining the pack later. The gap at the top sees Paulo Gonçalves, seven and a half minutes adrift of the rally leader and ready to pounce. Gonçalves took fifth spot on the day, and Rodrigues seventh.

A nice stage for the formidable Laia Sanz, in twelfth. The Catalan rider lies in a ground-breaking eighth overall, some twenty minutes ahead of the nearest pursuer in the general rankings. Jeremías Israel came in with a similar finish-time in 13th.

Honda South America Rally Team’s top finisher in the first marathon leg was Brazilian Jean Azevedo, who achieved his highest-placed finish so far in the 2015 edition, with an 18th place. Javier Pizzolito, fifth yesterday, was among the first thirty back to base today.

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TOMORROW’S STAGE
STAGE 11 – Thursday, 15th January
Cachi (CHI) – Termas de Río Hondo (ARG)

Liaison:
 166 km
Special stage: 357 km


Did you say tiredness?

The rally will continue on two separate routes, following the famous Ruta 40 and winding through its magnificent landscapes. Riders won’t have time to relax on these fast routes though: the fatigue which will have accumulated by the 11th day of the race (the 4th marathon day for the motorcycles and quads!) will demand maximum concentration on both the route and the road-book.

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Joan Barreda

1st 4:07’11

I think that today went really well, I got away to swift start on an easy day that didn’t require much navigation and never left the main path. It’s a real shame about what happened in the salt flats of Uyuni, because that’s where I said goodbye to any possibilities. We were in the lead and with all the difficult work that we had done… But now I can only resign myself to it. We will be here for the last few days, supporting the team so that it gets the best result possible.

Paulo Goncalves

5th + 3’46

Today was a really quick stage, with some navigation that wasn’t too hard. The track was a bit slippery and we had to take it carefully. The first four finished together at a quick pace. I think that we had a good stage without pushing it too much, because we are back in the marathon stage again. The bike is in perfect shape for the battle tomorrow, and I am too.

Helder Rodrigues

7th + 6’26

I had to take it with great care. I open the road, and although the navigation wasn’t difficult, there was a lot of concentration needed to not fall. My aim was to make it through with the bike in the best possible condition, because we are in the first leg of the marathon. The three of us are well placed and it’s good for the team.

Laia Sanz

12th + 12’02

The day has been long, with 12 hours on the bike up in the Andes at over 5,000 metres altitude and temperatures of minus 10⁰ C. The special stage was the best that we’ve had so far in this Dakar, very fast, comfortable and fun to ride. I took it easy, not taking any chances. I only had one tricky moment on the route. There was a waypoint on the road book that didn’t exist, and I wasted two or three minutes before I realized that it wasn’t there, and got going again.

2015 Dakar Rally
Stage Stage 10  

Results Stage 10

Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 BARREDA Joan SPA Team HRC Honda 4:07’11
2 COMA Marc SPA KTM Red Bull Rally Factory KTM + 1’39
3 FARIA Ruben POR KTM Red Bull Rally Factory KTM + 1’57
4 PRICE Toby AUS KTM AUS Rally Factory KTM + 2’14
5 GONCALVES Paulo POR Team HRC Honda + 3’46
6 SVITKO Stefan SLO Slovnaft Team KTM +6’22
7 RODRIGUES Helder POR Team HRC Honda + 6’26
8 QUINTANILLA Pablo CHI KTM KTM + 6’29
9 JAKES Ivan SLO Microstep Industry Team KTM + 8’59
10 VOGELS Hans NDL Team Hans Vogels KTM + 10’19
11 CASTEU David FRA Team Casteu KTM + 11’27
12 SANZ Laia SPA Team HRC Honda + 12’02
13 ISRAEL Jeremias CHI Team HRC Honda + 13’44
14 DUCLOS Alain FRA Sherco Rally Factory Sherco + 13’45
15 ARANA Txomin SPA GOR Sport Yamaha + 15’31
16 PAIN Olivier FRA Yamaha Racing Yamaha + 15’37
17 CECI Paolo ITA Chavo Salvatierra Racing KTM + 16’18
18 AZEVEDO Jean BRA Honda South America Rally Team Honda + 16’34
19 VERHOEVEN Frans NDL Yamaha Racing Yamaha + 17’10
20 PLANET Fabien FRA Sherco Rally Factory Sherco + 17’47
35 PIZZOLITO Javier ARG Honda South America Rally Team Honda + 42’39
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Stage Stage 10  

Provisional Standings after Stage 10

Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 COMA Marc SPA KTM Red Bull Rally Factory KTM 38:13’50
2 GONCALVES Paulo POR Team HRC Honda + 7’35
3 QUINTANILLA Pablo CHI KTM KTM + 31’42
4 PRICE Toby AUS KTM AUS Rally Factory KTM + 32’06
5 SVITKO Stefan SLO Slovnaft Team KTM + 45’19
6 FARIA Ruben POR KTM Red Bull Rally Factory KTM + 1:41’14
7 CASTEU David FRA Team Casteu KTM + 1:41’40
8 SANZ Laia SPA Team HRC Honda + 2:05’00
9 JAKES Ivan SLO Microstep Industry Team KTM + 2:25’51
10 PAIN Olivier FRA Yamaha Racing Yamaha + 2:50’11
12 RODRIGUES Helder POR Team HRC Honda + 3:22’54
15 BARREDA Joan SPA Team HRC Honda + 4:37’12
21 PIZZOLITO Javier ARG Honda South America Rally Team Honda + 6:02’28
22 AZEVEDO Jean BRA Honda South America Rally Team Honda + 6:10’15
31 ISRAEL Jeremias CHI Team HRC Honda + 7:32’21

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