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Honda and KTM pull the peloton and Barreda holds the sprint

Joan Barreda con la Honda en el Dakar 2022.

Put a motor on two wheels, change the asphalt for the sand and you will have a classic stage of a great lap, but in the desert of Saudi Arabia and in its Dakarian modality. And the fact is that the ninth special, a loop in Wadi Al Dawasir, was one of the fastest (two and a half hours) and short (286 kilometers) in the race so far, which resulted in very tight time differences between the pilots. The top five finished in two minutes, only Cornejo excelled in the sprint to win the stage and Barreda was fifth.

Continuing with the cyclist simile, Honda and KTM were the teams that took the initiative and took the lead to pull the peloton and impose the rhythm of the stage. Five of his pilots were inserted in that Top 5 with the Chilean Cornejo crossing the goal launched to achieve his second victory, the fourth for the golden wing in this edition, for a minute and a half. Behind him, the next four were separated by just 44 seconds: Kevin Benavides, Brabec, Walkner and Barreda. A struggle of forces from which KTM comes out better.

Because Honda took the stage, yes, but it is the Austrian firm that takes the lead in the general classification and with a home rider, Walkner. Without winning any day the Austrian copies the strategy with which he lifted the last Cross Country World Cup to rise to first place, by more than two minutes ahead of Sunderland, who left eight when opening the track. Barreda drops one place, is sixth with Van Beveren, Quintanilla and Benavides ahead, but is eleven of the leader, three minutes less than the day before.

It is not necessary to emphasize more the merit that Castellón has, it speaks for itself with the war wounds that it showed on its social networks. So if with that part of injuries he is still in the middle of the battle for the champion’s jersey, we must count on him until the end. The same we would like to say about Santolino, that he could not exploit his strengths in navigation in such a fast day and that He penalized him a lot by losing more than ten minutes. Less than half an hour from Walkner, he is a little behind, but until he reaches the podium in Jeddah, anything can happen.

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