Classic Barreda. Starting in 24th place, he made the most of the longest special of the rally to set out on a spectacular ride, picking up his teammate Pablo Quintanilla along the way as a trusted companion for navigation and going flat out right up to the finish line to take the spoils for the day. And it was only his 29th Dakar victory!
The biker from Valencia also soared to seventh place overall, within striking distance of the top 5, still led by Sam Sunderland with Austrian Mathias Walkner now in second place. Lorenzo Santolino earned a place among the elite with the fourth fastest time, while his Sherco teammate Rui Gonçalves claimed his first stage podium.