Today the complexion of the Bike Class changed considerably. Evidently it was not possible for Barreda to borrow a set of handlebars from other team members during the marathon stage. As a result Barreda fell way back today as he had to be towed for much of the stage. His main rival this year, Marc Coma, did not have any major problems and was able to take over the Overall lead.
Today’s Stage 8 winner was Quintanilla on a Honda. It was a narrow 11 second victory over Pedrero Garcia on a Yamaha and 12 seconds over third place Svitko on a KTM. Even the 4th place finisher, the rookie Australian, Price on a KTM was only 41 seconds adrift of the stage winner Quintanilla.
Quintanilla On His Way To Winning Stage 8
The top 10 finishers for Stage 8 are listed below.
2015 Dakar Rally Bike Class – Stage 8 Results
|2||PEDRERO GARCIA (ESP)||YAMAHA||02:56:30||00:00:11|
|5||SANZ PLA-GIRIBERT (ESP)||HONDA||02:58:55||00:02:36|
|6||DE SOULTRAIT (FRA)||YAMAHA||03:02:55||00:06:36|
|7||DUCLOS (FRA)||SHERCO TVS||03:03:01||00:06:42|
Barreda finished in 74th position on Stage 8, approximately 3 hours and 6 minutes behind Quintanilla.
One bright spot for the Honda team was the continued great performance by Laia Sanz, who finished in 5th position in today’s Stage 8.
Laia Sanz Is All Smiles After Stage 8
The overall Bike Class standings are presented below.
2015 Dakar Rally Bike Class Overall Standings After Stage 8
|7||DUCLOS (FRA)||SHERCO TVS||29:49:20||00:58:08||00:15:00|
|9||SANZ PLA-GIRIBERT (ESP)||HONDA||30:10:03||01:18:51||–|
Barreda is now done as far as winning the 2015 Dakar Rally. He now is in 16th position approximately 2 hours 52 minutes behind Coma.
That Far Off Look In Marc Coma’s Eyes Sees Another Dakar Victory
Tomorrow the cars and the bikes join up again for Stage 9.