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Dakar Rally 2014 first stage times and latest results

Joan Barreda races to the finish
Joan Barreda races to the finish
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Although most of the spotlight and expectations were riding sky high on the star riders Cyril Despres (Yamaha) and Marc Coma (KTM), it was Joan Barreda from the Honda team who won the first stage of the 2014 Dakar Rally.

Getting his team off to a great start, astride the Honda CRF450 race bike, Joan had a very close finish with Marc, who was only 37 seconds behind the best time of 2:25:31. This was followed by the defending champion, Cyril whose time was 1min 40secs slower.

The contest between these three riders has made this already challenging race even more exciting, with it becoming a true battle to the finish.

Bets are still being placed on Despres and Coma, who are not too far behind Barrera with regard to distance. In addition to this, there are also twelve crucial stages of the race still left.

It is therefore safe to assume that anything is possible.

While the first stage of the competition involved a total of 809 km starting from Rosario and finishing at San Luis, only 180 km of the stretch was a timed special stage.

This special track included racing over narrow tracks with demanding stony sections and blind jumps that required extremely strong focus. Ending on perhaps the most challenging note, the race came to a close with a 2,400m hill climb.

However, adding to the thrilling nature of this famous race, the next stage of this race should be even more difficult with a particularly long ride of 724 km from San Luis to San Rafael, with a timed special of 359 km.

Guaranteed to be shockingly fast, the second stage of the Dakar Rally is set to test the skill and endurance of even the most experienced riders, as they race through the dunes of Nihuil for the last 100 km of this race.

While we wait breathlessly for results of the next round, you can satisfy yourself by having a more detailed look at the results for the first stage of the Dakar Rally:

# Rider Country Team Time
1 Joan Barreda Spain Honda 02:25:31
2 Marc Coma Spain KTM +00:00:37
3 Cyril Despres France Yamaha +00:01:40
4 Alain Duclos France Sherco +00:01:56
5 Paolo Goncalves Portugal Honda +00:02:25
6 Chaleco Lopez Chile KTM +00:03:24
7 Joan Pedrero Spain Sherco +00:03:47
8 Michael Metge France Yamaha +00:04:33
9 Sam Sunderland UK Honda +00:04:33
10 Alessandro Botturi Italy Speedbrain +00:04:48

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