Dakar 2020, Stage 10: Barreda tops shortened day

David Gruz

The route from Haradh to Shubaytah was going to be 534 kilometres, but the competitive part of the stage ended at 345km due to strong wind, and the rest of the stage was neutralised.

As a result, Barreda was gifted the stage win, the Spaniard fastest at every waypoint of the day.

Barreda became the seventh different stage winner in the bike class and the fourth for Honda, although he had been provisionally classified as the victor on Stage 7 before Kevin Benavides was subsequently awarded the win.

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The Japanese brand also took a big step towards the overall title as Brabec was a close second in the stage and added close to another five minutes to his lead, as Husqvarna rider Pablo Quintanilla finished only seventh. The latter opened the road, having won the previous stage, and is now 25m44s behind Brabec in the overall standings, just ahead of Barreda, who took third from KTM's Toby Price.

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Behind Barreda and Brabec, Kevin Benavides completed a Honda 1-2-3 in the stage, followed by KTM trio Price, Luciano Benavides and Matthias Walkner.

Price remains KTM's best hope to continue the manufacturer's title run it started in 2001, but the reigning champion is 28m33s behind with two days remaining.

Wisniewski tops quads, drama for Casale

Polish rider Kamil Wisniewski topped the quad category which also ended prematurely, but not before leader Ignacio Casale lost significant time.

Casale lost 44m59s between the 174km and 223km checkpoints and ended the stage 17th out of 19 competitors.

The Chilean had a dominant lead of 44m57s coming into the stage but he was able to keep 16m18s of that advantage, as Simon Vitse also struggled and lost over 16 minutes.

In the stage, Wisniewski was followed by Czech rider Zdenek Tuma and fellow Pole Rafal Sonik, who is back to within an hour of Casale in the general standings as the third-placed rider.

Standings after Stage 10 (Bikes, top 10):

Pos.

Rider

Bike

Time/Gap

1

United States
United States

 Ricky Brabec

Honda

34h12m18s

2

Chile
Chile

 Pablo Quintanilla

Husqvarna

25m44s

3

Spain
Spain

 Joan Barreda

Honda

27m09s

4

Australia
Australia

 Toby Price

KTM

28m33s

5

Chile
Chile

 Jose Ignacio Cornejo

Honda

41m31s

6

Austria
Austria

 Matthias Walkner

KTM

41m32s

7

Argentina
Argentina

 Luciano Benavides

KTM

44m18s

8

United States
United States

 Skyler Howes

Husqvarna

1h43m21s

9

Argentina
Argentina

 Franco Caimi

Yamaha

1h43m57s

10

Slovakia
Slovakia

 Stefan Svitko

KTM

2h02m10s

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