After the loss of time on Tuesday, Barreda had to start a little later on Wednesday than its main competitors, but just like in the earlier stages, it turned out to be the most favorable starting position for the stage win. The Spaniard was only not the fastest at the second measuring point, but was convincingly the strongest for the rest. After 337 kilometers, the Spaniard was fastest in a time of 2 hours, 46 minutes and 50 seconds at the finish, to take his 26th day victory in the Dakar Rally.
Just under six minutes from Barreda, Ross Branch finished second with his Yamaha. Behind that, the differences were relatively small. Daniel Sanders was the best KTM rider in third place at 12 seconds from Branch. Luciano Benavides clocked the fourth fastest time on behalf of Husqvarna.
De Soultrait seizes power
Xavier de Soultrait finished the stage in fifth place and did good business in the general classification. The Frenchman took advantage of time loss for classification leader Skyler Howes and Kevin Benavides and thus took the lead in the classification. The former Yamaha factory rider will drive this Dakar for Henk Hellegers’ Dutch HT Rally Raid and will defend a 15 second lead over Barreda tomorrow, who jumped to second place with his stage victory.
Toby Price was one of the losers of the day with his KTM. The Australian made a navigation error on the way and eventually lost more than 14 minutes. Howes was 13 minutes behind in 20th place at the finish, dropping back to fifth in the standings.
Spierings provides first aid
Paul Spierings completed the fourth stage with an hour behind, but the rider from Brabant told RTL GP at the finish that he gave first aid for half an hour to fellow motorcyclist CS Santosh. How things are going with the Hero rider is unknown, but the moment Spierings drove further, the Indian motorcyclist was regained.
Follow all events in the fourth stage in our live blog. Watch RTL 7 tonight at 7 p.m. for an extensive report of the stage.