The Spaniard adds his 29th stage win, a motorcycle record, and places sixth overall. Carlos Sainz finishes fourth.
- Al-Attiyah A prince between genius and suspicion:
- Third stage Historic stage victory for Carlos Sainz in the Dakar
Joan Barreda he won the fourth stage of the Dakar Rally, disputed between Al Qaisumah and Riyadh on 465 kilometers of special, on a day in which he struck down his rivals to get fully into the fight for victory. In his second victory in this edition, the 29th in his career – a record in motorcycles – the Spaniard flew to place sixth overall, just over 13 minutes behind the leader, the British Sam sunderland.
In the longest special of this Dakar Rally, with 465 kilometers and a total of 707 adding links, Joan Barreda fulfilled his objective: cut times from all his rivals, meet his rule winning at least two stages in each Dakar and, incidentally, re-engaging in a race that started on the wrong foot. With this victory, the one from Torreblanca gets even closer to the absolute record shared by the French Stphane Peterhansel and Cyril Despres, with 33 stage victories.
Barreda, who went further and was the best in the last nine timed points of the stage, surpassed his partner Pablo Quintanilla in 4:37 minutes and into Italian Danilo Petrucci, that, after his abandonment and returned to the race using the joker, he entered at 6:53 of the Spanish.
After this day of very fast sections of about 200 km, followed by complicated dunes and dangerous stone sections, still leader Sam Sunderland, who on this fourth day was seventh, at 10:15 behind Joan Barreda. The British GasGas still has a 3-minute mattress on Matthias walkner and 4:54 on French Adrien van beveren. The spanish Lorenzo Santolino he is fourth overall, at 10:28, ahead of Quintanilla and Barreda himself.
Al Rajhi’s victory in cars
The saud Yazeed Al Rajhi He managed to win in his land, by prevailing in a tight final to Qatar Nasser Al-Attiyah for 14 seconds. Meanwhile, Carlos Sainz accused having to open the track in the final section and finished fourth, with one minute and six seconds behind.
Sainz was on the verge of repeating victory after that achieved on Tuesday, since at the penultimate checkpoint he surpassed Al Rajhi in 1’21 “. Two performances that make the navigation problems suffered on the stage even more painful. 1b when, like most participants except Al-Attiyah and the French Sebastin Loeb, That followed, he lost up to two hours and where he left all the options, except surprise, of being able to fight for his fourth Dakar (he won in 2010, 2018 and 2020).
But without rectification by the organizers of the event, or possible claim from Audi, Sainz only has to show on the track that he is still fast at 59 years old, already accumulating stage victories, and that the innovative Audi hybrid car could have been in the fight; or at least run as a serious candidate for it by 2023.
Bad day for Nani Rome and the french Stphane Peterhansel, who very soon suffered the difficulties of the longest special of the Dakar, with 465 kilometers, due to mechanical problems. For his part, the debutant Carlos Checa He was unable to start on stage four after overturning in stage three and unable to fix the damage to his car.
Reference from elmundo