2017 Dakar Rally: Stage 3 Results
The two-part, 364km San Miguel de Tucuman to Jujuy stage provided the first real navigational challenge of the South American event after Tuesday’s more straightforward test, and it was one that caught out reigning champion Price.
Toby Price fell to fifth overall after getting lost early on Stage 3, costing him 20 minutes.
Price – “The first part of the road-book was definitely tricky and I think we all got a little bit out of whack there and a little bit lost, but there’s still a long way to go – we’re only three days in,”
Monster Energy Honda team rider, Joan Barreda went the opposite way, grinding his rivals under the heel of his boot with a sublime ride to take an utterly dominant first stage win of 2017 and surge into the overall lead. Making it his 15th career Dakar stage win.
His closest challenger on the stage was KTM’s Sam Sunderland over 12 minutes adrift, with Husqvarna’s Pela Renet third over a quarter of an hour down.
The result gives Barreda a 10 minute lead overall ahead of Sunderland, with Goncalves a further three minutes adrift, with Pablo Quintanilla fourth and Price fifth.
Dakar 2017 standings after 3 of 12 stages
1. Joan Barreda (Honda)
2. Sam Sunderland (KTM)
3. Paulo Goncalves (Honda)
4. Pablo Quintanilla (Husqvarna)
5. Toby Price (KTM)
Watch the highlights video bellow.
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