Dakar 2021 - Joan Barreda Bort leads Stage 2 in bikes category
Monster Energy Honda Team snatched three of the top five finishing spots in the 685km sprint from Bisha to Wadi Al-Dawasir
Monster Energy Honda Team rider from Spain, Joan Barreda Bort (JBB) led Stage 2 of the 2021 Dakar. Starting from Bisha, the 685km stage ended in Wadi Al-Dawasir, crowning JBB with his 25th victory in the special.
Finishing first in stage 2 with a time of 04:17:56 hours, JBB stood first on the leaderboard in the general rankings and stage rankings as well after stage 2. He was followed by Ricky Brabec, also from Monster Energy Honda team from the USA, who finished second with a time of 04:21:51 hours and was 03:56 minutes slower than JBB. Third to finish fastest was Pablo Quintanilla, the Chilean rider from Team Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing with a time of 04:23:58 hours.
Speaking about his stage 2 win, an excited Joan Barreda Bort said, “ After the hard day of yesterday, I was forced to push with everything - I put it all in today. I enjoyed this type of stage a lot. It's faster and better for me, better than enduro like it was yesterday. Right now, everything is perfect. Sure, tomorrow will be a long day and really hard again, but the race is like this. We need to keep calm and stay in front. For sure, there are still a lot of kilometres to come and we will try to keep riding, that's all”
Stage 3 of 2021 Dakar will take place around Wadi Al-Dawasir, a 629km stage where the riders will be seen tackling the dunes in a loop.