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Dakar leader Barreda handed severe penalty

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Dakar leader Barreda handed severe penalty
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Jan 5, 2017, 11:31 PM

Dakar 2017 bikes leader Joan Barreda is among the three Honda factory riders who are to have an hour added to their times following Thursday's stage.

#11 Monster Energy Honda Team: Joan Barreda
#11 Monster Energy Honda Team: Joan Barreda
#17 Monster Energy Honda Team: Paulo Goncalves
Paulo Goncalves, Honda Team
#17 Monster Energy Honda Team: Paulo Goncalves
#15 Monster Energy Honda Team: Michael Metge
Joan Barreda, Monster Energy Honda Team
#15 Monster Energy Honda Team: Michael Metge

The Spaniard ended the day with an 18-minute gap over his nearest rival, Husqvarna's Pablo Quintanilla.

However, Barreda, along with teammates Michael Metge and Paulo Goncalves, was found to have refuelled in a prohibited zone during the Jujuy – Tupiza test.

The organisers have stated they are also looking into the data for Honda's fourth factory rider Ricky Brabec.

Honda can appeal the decision, although the insistence from Dakar representatives was that the offense had been clear cut.

Barreda's penalty promotes Quintanilla to the lead of the rally, with the Spaniard demoted to ninth, 41 minutes off the lead.

Matthias Walkner, Stefan Svitko and Sam Sunderland are set to start Friday's stage as Quintanilla's nearest rivals, the former pair having passed Sunderland in the standings after times were adjusted.

Several riders were awarded time after the stage following crashes for Toby Price, Armand Monleon and Alessandro Botturi, as various riders stopped to assist their stricken competitors.

UPDATE: After further investigation from the stewards, Brabec, Honda South America rider Franco Caimi and Honda Portugal rider Pedro Bianchi Prata have all been handed one-hour penalties.

Revised bikes standings after Stage 4:

Pos.RiderBikeTime/Gap
1  Pablo Quintanilla Husqvarna 12h54m02s
2  Matthias Walkner KTM +2m07s
3  Stefan Svitko KTM +5m52s
4  Sam Sunderland KTM +6m12s
5  Gerard Farres KTM +12m02s
6  Xavier de Soultrait Yamaha +12m38s
7  Adrian van Beveren Yamaha +14m50s
8  Pela Renet Husqvarna +15m13s
9  Joan Barreda Honda +41m41s
10  Diego Duplessis KTM +42m15s
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Series Dakar
Event Dakar
Drivers Paulo Goncalves , Joan Barreda , Michael Metge
Author Valentin Khorounzhiy