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It’s been a great Dakar for BMW Group. MINI successfully defended their title with overall victory two years in a row. On two wheels, the Husqvarna team made quite the showing in this year’s rally. Twelve podiums in fourteen stages netted the team a 10th place finish overall for rider Paulo Goncalves. At only their second run at the iconic Rally, finishing in the top ten is nothing to smirk at.
High speeds throughout and a lot navigation made the twelfth stage of the Dakar, from Fiambala – Copiapo a tough one. Joan Barreda proved to be the best of the Husqvarna Team by Speedbrain taking third place on the day, and bringing the team its tenth podium place out of the twelve stages contested so far.
BMW Group’s Husqvarna racing team continues to make a very strong showing in the 2013 Dakar. Rider Joan Barreda has taken his forth stage victory in stage ten.
Tonight the riders will camp out in Cachi, without the mechanics, and will thus have to do any work on their TE449RRs themselves. They set off again tomorrow at 05.50 for another long stage, which is expected to be a complicated one.
Joan Barreda commanded a particularly hazardous fourth stage of the Dakar, Nazca – Arequipa with 289 km of special test, which covered all types of terrain, and was made difficult by the “fesh-fesh” dust. The Spaniard on the Husqvarna TE449RR by Speedbrain battled his way to an eight minute lead over his nearest rival, and managed to come from behind in the process.