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  • Le Dakar pose ses roues en Arabie Saoudite

    C'est désormais officiel : après 11 éditions sud-américaines, le Dakar change de continent. Cap sur le Proche-Orient et l’Arabie Saoudite, 30ème pays traversé par le plus célèbre – et le plus contesté - des rallyes raids. A la clé, on évoque un contrat mirifique de 5 ans.

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  • Morocco Desert Challenge Etape 7: Que du plaisir !

    MERZOUGA - BOUARFA : 435 km
    L’avant dernière spéciale de ce 11ème Morocco Desert Challenge a encore offert du beau spectacle aux participants, entre dunes au départ et pistes roulantes ensuite.

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  • Paulo Gonçalves signe chez Hero MotoSports

    - Le Team Hero MotoSports Rally prépare le futur avec une équipe encore plus forte

    - Paulo Gonçalves, pilote de rallye de pointe, recruté comme quatrième pilote

    - La signature intervient au lendemain du premier podium du team cette saison

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Africa Eco Race 2019

Dakar: Barreda wins, first to break altitude record

Today's stage, part one of the first marathon stage with no team service, was characterised by the highest ever racing altitude in Dakar history. Facing the 6,960 m summit of the Anconcagua, America´s highest mountain, the motorcycle riders had to cross a pass at over 4,300 m altidute in trial-like conditions. As many riders are still on the way or got lost, Joan Barreda showed his brilliance in riding technique and navigation skills by winning the stage in front of Cyril Despres and Marc Coma, increasing his overall lead to over 13 minutes. Barreda won his second stage in three days.

Paulo Goncalves, together with a group of other riders, including his HRC teammate Sam Sunderland, lost two hours. They went downhill in a wrong canyon and could not go up again.

Joan "Bang Bang" Barreda: "Today was really unbelievable, the conditions were extreme by any means. After the stage started, I could soon pass Chaleco Lopez to follow Sam Sunderland in the riverbeds until he took a wrong turn. Opening the track, the uphill sections got more and more steep and extreme. In trial-type conditions I had to stay full-throttle in second gear to make the steepest sections and keep it all together to make it over the loose rolling stones. It was very exhausting in the high altitude and I needed to stay very calm to avoid mistakes. As I was over the highest point, the navigation downhill was getting very delicate, with many changes of directions and possibly wrong ways to follow on very steep trails. I stopped and made sure I was choosing the right way several times. Eventually it paid out to keep a cool head. The last part down in the valley was more easy and I put the hammer down again. I think today many riders will have extreme difficulties. I am happy I improved a lot my physical conditions training hard the last year."

Provisional Result - Dakar 2014, Stage 3
1. Joan Barreda (ESP, Honda) 3:47:03 hrs
2. Cyril Despres (FRA, Yamaha) +00:04:41
3. Marc Coma (ESP, KTM) +00:06:56
4. Alain Duclos (FRA, Sherco) +00:10:51
5. David Casteu (FRA, KTM) +00:11:17
6. Francisco Lopez (CHL, KTM) +00:16:36
7. Gerard Farres Guell (ESP, Gas-Gas) +00:16:50
8. Stefan Svitko (SVK, KTM) +00:19:06
9. Jakub Przygonski (POL, KTM) +00:20:12
10. Olivier Pain (FRA, Yamaha) +00:20:34...
62. Paulo Goncalves (PRT, Honda) +02:13:56...

Provisional Overall Standings after Stage 3
1. Joan Barreda (ESP, Honda) 09:56:44 hrs
2. Cyril Despres (FRA, Yamaha) +00:13:04
3. Marc Coma (ESP, KTM) +00:13:56
4. Alain Duclos (FRA, Sherco) +00:16:38
5. Francisco Lopez (CHL, KTM) +00:18:39
6. David Casteu (FRA, KTM) +00:22:16
7. Jordi Viladoms (ESP, KTM) +00:34:33
8. Olivier Pain (FRA, Yamaha) +00:36:33
9. Jakub Przygonski (POL, KTM) +00:37:54
10. Stefan Svitko (SVK, KTM) +00:40:09...
28. Paulo Goncalves (PRT, Honda) +02:22:06...

Marie-France Estenave pour MFE-Live.com

Actus Raid - Dakar