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Dakar 2023: Joan Barreda wins the fourth stage, Daniel Sanders still first in the general classification

The Spaniard (Monster Energy JB Team) offered his first stage on this Dakar 2023, Wednesday.Spaniard Joan Barreda during the third stage of the Dakar 2023 on January 3, 2023 in Saudi Arabia. ( AFP)

On Spanish time. Registered at the last minute for this Dakar 2023, Joan Barreda Bort won the fourth stage at the start and finish in Ha’il (Saudi Arabia), Wednesday January 4th.

The Iberian biker (Monster Energy JB Team), nicknamed “Bang Bang”, completed the 574 kilometers (including 425 km of special) in 4h28’18”, ahead of the Chilean Pablo Quintanilla (Monster Energy Honda Team), at 16″, and the American Skyler Howes (Husqvarna), at 1’05”.

After his double blow the day before, Daniel Sanders (Gasgas), eighth on Wednesday, retained his first place in the general classification. Behind the Australian, Skyler Howes, 3’33”, and Argentinian Kevin Benavides (Red Bull KTM), 4’05”, complete the podium. The first Frenchman remains Adrien van Beveren (Monster Energy Honda Team), 18 minutes behind Daniel Sanders.

Mason Klein wastes precious time

The bad operation of the day is to the credit of Mason Klein (Bas World KTM), who had to stop in the home straight because of a fuel supply problem, while he had done a long time the race in the lead. Arriving in Ha’il more than 12 minutes behind Joan Barreda, the American is relegated to 6th place overall, 10’05”.

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