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Dakar: Speedbrain Husqvarna Report

2012 Dakar Rally

Four out of five riders piloting Speedbrain Husvarna 450 RR Rally motorcycles finished the 2012 Dakar Rally, which took riders almost 5,600 miles from Mar Del Plata, Argentina, through Chile to end in Lima, Peru.

All together, the Husqvarna motorcycles performed without any mechanical issues, and landed on the podium six times during the 2012 Dakar Rally stages with riders Joan Barreda and Paulo Goncalves.

But there was some issues – Barreda experienced bad luck during the stages three and four, when the talented Spaniard suffered from a crash and a broken rear wheel, which cost him a lot of valuable time. Barreda couldn’t make up the loss until the race end.

Husqvarna says “By the way: Joan Barreda was by many considered the revelation of this year´s Dakar. He was matching the speed of the top riders and is regarded as a man of the future.”

2012 Dakar Rally Motorcycle Results:

1. Cyril Despres (FRA) KTM 43:28:11 hrs

2. Marc Coma (SPA) KTM, 53:20 min behind

3. Helder Rodrigues (POR) Yamaha, 1:11:17

4. Jordi Viladoms (SPA) KTM, 1:40:56

5. Stefan Svitko (SVK) KTM, 1:47:28

11. Joan Barreda (SPA) Husqvarna Rallye Team by Speedbrain, 3:37:25

19. Zé Hélio (BRA) Husqvarna Rallye Team by Speedbrain, 6:16:35

23. Jose Manuel Pellicer (SPA), Husqvarna Rallye Team by Speedbrain, 7:41:09

26. Paulo Goncalves (POR) Husqvarna Rallye Team by Speedbrain, 8:10:26

41.Pedro Bianchi Prata (Husqvarna)

71.Jorge Gomez (Husqvarna)

83.Rodrigo Illanes (Husqvarna)

2012 Dakar Rally: Manufacturers/Team statistics/podium finishes:

1. KTM, 27

2. Husqvarna Rallye Team by Speedbrain, 6

3. Yamaha, 2

3. Sherco, 2

5. Aprilia, 1

5. Honda, 1

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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