Dakar: Barreda wins first stage on the Lima-Pisco route.

Updated: January 8, 2019

Honda’s Barreda, who has won over 20 stages in past events, was the top rider at both waypoints before arriving at the end as the pace-setter of the 84km timed section.

Husqvarna’s Pablo Quintanilla, came in second 1m34s adrift, while American Ricky Brabec completed a strong day for Honda in third, and the top Yamaha of Adrien van Beveren came in three seconds behind for fourth.

KTM had a relatively low-key start to the event as the brand’s three top riders occupy the positions between fifth and seventh in the order of Sam Sunderland, Toby Price and reigning champion Matthias Walkner.

The top 10 was completed by two more Hondas, Kevin Benavides and Jose Cornejo, and Yamaha’s Xavier de Soultrait.

Paulo Goncalves, carrying a spleen injury, was 11th as KTM’s female star Laia Sanz kicked off the rally in 31st, 12m38s adrift.

Yamaha’s Rod Faggotter is in 29th.


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