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A devastated Joan Barreda went from first to ninth because of a refueling mistake. Photo: Aurien Vialatte

Team HRC Honda’s Joan Barreda was leading the Dakar Rally by 18 minutes after four stages, but Barreda, Paulo Goncalves, Michael Metge and American Ricky Brabec were penalized one hour following Stage 4 on Thursday. Barreda and his Honda teammates refueled in a prohibited zone. Honda has the right to appeal the decision, but the Dakar organizers believe that Honda obviously violated the rules and that the offense had been clear cut.

quintanillaThe new leader of the Dakar Rally is Pablo Quintanilla on a Husqvarna. Photo DPPI

Joan Barreda has been demoted from first to ninth and is 41 minutes behind new leader stage 4 Pablo Quintanilla (with Matthias Walkner and Stefan Svitko in second and third). Then on Stage 5 Joan Barreda got off course and lost 42 more minutes to new leader Sam Sunderland. He is now 1 hours and 17 minutes behind the leader in 12th place.

pricedppiToby Price(1)  has overcome adversity before, but this injury cost him a very good chance of being a two-time Dakar winner. Photo: DPPI

Last year’s winner Australian Toby Price crashed and broke his femur. Price was the only former Dakar winner in the motorcycle field, although the car divisions had several—including Cyril Despry, Stephane Peterhansel and Nani Roma.

walknerdppiMattias Walkner was the last MX3 World Motocross Champion before Youthstream dropped the big-bore class in 2013. Photo: DPPI

There are two former FIM MX3 Worled Motocross Champions in the top 10 in the motorcycle category 2009 Champion Pierre Renet and 2101 Champion Matthias Walkner the MX3 class was for big-bore four-stroke and repalced the 500 World Championship in 2003 and was discontinued after the 2013 season).

brabecdppiThe only American in the 2017 Dakar Rally, Ricky Brabec, was also penalized one hour for illegal fueling. Photo: DPPI

DAKAR STANDINGS (AFTER STAGE ONE)
1. Xavier De Soultrait…Yamaha….00:28:20
2. Juan Perdo Garcia….Sherco…00:28:22
3. Ricky Brabec…Honda…00:28:3

DAKAR STANDINGS (AFTER STAGE TWO)
1. Toby Price…KTM…02:37:32
2. Matthias Walkner…KTM…02:40:54
3. Paulo Goncalves…Honda…02:41:23

DAKAR STANDINGS (AFTER STAGE THREE)
1. Joan Barreda…Honda…7:36’30
2. Sam Sunderland…KTM…+10m20s
3. Paulo Goncalves…Honda…+13m42s

REVISED DAKAR STANDINGS (AFTER STAGE 4)
1. Pablo Quintanilla…Husqvarna…12h54m02s
2. Matthias Walkner…KTM…+2m07s
3. Stefan Svitko…KTM…+5m52s

DAKAR STANDINGS (AFTER STAGE 5)
1. Sam Sunderland…KTM…15h22m05s
2. Pablo Quintanilla…Husqvarna…+12m00s
3. Adrian van Beveren…Yamaha…+16m07s

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