Joan Barreda took the Stage 2 win and now leads the field by over five minutes ahead of his closest rival overall.
Husqvarna Rally Team by Speedbrain’s Joan Barreda moved to the top of the overall leaderboard after his win in Stage 2 of the 2013 Dakar Rally. KTM rider Joan Pedrero trailed Barreda by over three minutes to score second-place in the stage, while Barreda’s teammate Matt Fish rounded out the top three.
Barreda has a five minute advantage over Ruben Faria of KTM, who sits in second overall. Pedrero moved into third and is followed by David Casteu in fourth and defending Dakar Rally champion Cyril Despres in fifth. Despres is almost nine minutes off the lead pace after two stages.
With 242 kilometers (151 miles) of special test in Stage 2, riders were faced with their first navigation challenges of the 2013 Dakar. Traversing the loop that starts and ends in Pisco, Stage 1 winner Chaleco Lopez of KTM ran off course while trying to take a detour around a large sand dune, costing him valuable time. Despres also lost time as a result of navigation errors. Barreda charged forward though and took advantage of the front runners’ mistakes, earning his second career stage win in Dakar.
“A really tough stage, but I’m really pleased with the way I raced,” said Barreda. “By the time we were 100 km into the race, I was in command and I set my own pace to the finish line. I wanted to get away fast and that’s what I did. The bike is perfect and the team is doing a great job.”
“There was such a lot of dust and navigation but I’m happy with the result,” said Fish. “I’m under orders from the team, and it’s important to be a help to my teammates. I’m really glad to have got my first podium place in a stage of the Dakar.”
Faria took fourth in Stage 2 and was followed by Dakar rookie and replacement to Marc Coma, Kurt Caselli. The American rider came through in 32nd following Stage 1, but his impressive performance in Stage 2 moved him to 11th overall.
“This is Peru and I like it,” said Faria. “I started seventh this morning but at KM 40 I had some problems finding a waypoint and I set off with Frans Verhoeven, who I then overtook. I then caught up with Cyril (Despres) and we tackled the last big dunes together.”
2013 Dakar Rally Stage 2 Results:
Pisco to Pisco– total distance 327 km: 85 km liaison and 242 km special
1. Joan Barreda, Spain (Husqvarna) 2:42:31
2. Joan Pedrero, Spain (KTM) 2:45.47
3. Mathew Fish, Australia (Husqvarna) 2:48.24
4. Ruben Faria, Portugal (KTM) 2:48.57
5. Kurt Caselli, USA (KTM) 2:49.41
6. Darryl Curtis, South Africa (KTM) 2:50.20
7. David Casteu, France (Yamaha) 2:50.39
8. Jordi Villadoms, Spain (Husqvarna) 2:50.46
9. Israel Esquerre, Chile (Honda) 2:50.50
10. Pal-Anders Ullevalseter, Norway (KTM) 2:52.13
2013 Dakar Rally Overall Standings after Stage 2
1. Joan Barreda (Husqvarna) 3 hours 24.11
2. Ruben Faria (KTM) 3:29.47
3. Joan Pedrero (KTM) 3:30.47
4. David Casteu (Yamaha) 3:31.09
5. Cyril Despres (KTM) 3:33.01
6. Matt Fish (Husqvarna) 3:33.29
7. Darryl Curtis (KTM) 3:33.30
8. Pal-Anders Ullevalseter (KTM) 3:33.38
9. Jordi Villadoms (Husqvarna) 3:33.46
10. Israel Esquerre (Honda) 3:33.50