With another stage win yesterday from Joan Barreda Bort, Honda appears to be tightening its grip on the 2014 Dakar rally.
Barreda Bort’s win put him 13:04 ahead of Cyril Despres in the standings, and 13:56 ahead of Marc Coma (in second and third, respectively). However, Honda’s Sam Sunderland, who performed so well in Stage 2, got himself lost in the desert and ended the day in 30th place – well out of the standings. He’s 2:30:39 out of first, meaning, at least for now, Big Red’s hopes are pinned on Barreda Bort.
Despres was second in yesterday’s stage, and Coma third. Alain Duclos was fourth, and David Casteau was fifth. Both cars and bikes were plagued by navigation woes through the stage, which ended up being shortened.
Check out two video clips from yesterday’s action, below.