Honda’s Barreda Wins Dakar Stage 5; Yamaha’s Van Beveren Overall Leader (Video)

2018 Dakar Rally Stage 5: Yamaha's Adrien Van Beveren
Yamaha's Adrien Van Beveren

2018 Dakar Stage 5 Results, Motorcycle

The battles between KTM, Honda and Yamaha continue in the 2018 Dakar Rally. Monster Energy Honda CRF 450 Rally pilot Joan Barreda Bort claimed the stage 5 win, which was his second stage victory (other was stage 2).

Joining the Spaniard on the Dakar stage 5 podium were Red Bull KTM’s Matthias Walkner (Australia) and Monster Energy Honda’s Kevin Benavides (Argentina).

2018 Dakar Rally Stage 5: Yamaha's Adrien Van Beveren
Yamaha’s Adrien Van Beveren

But due to his stage 4 win, and fifth place during stage 5, Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team’s Adrien Van Beveren has claimed the overall lead. Van Beveren of France is now one minute ahead of Benavides in the overall standings. Walkner is 1:14 minutes behind.

“I am really happy with my riding today,” says Adrien Van Beveren. “It was a difficult stage and in some parts the sand was so soft the bikes were sinking. I rode together with Xavier, we helped each other when necessary.

“I am happy with this team spirit, and this is actually really important in such a long race. I tried to push hard today in the sand. There were parts where it was so difficult to keep it on two wheels, but it all went good for me. My WR450F Rally machine is running great so far. I am happy we stayed in front of all other riders all day today and it proved we are strong as a team and each one of us individually. The race is long and I will keep pushing hard.”

Stage five brought the motorcycle riders through technical and hard-to-navigate sand dunes, along with fesh-fesh, a fine sand that looks solid but behaves like mud, and some high-speed tracks loaded with stone.

As for the notable Americans, Monster Energy Honda’s Ricky Brabec finished ninth, and is 10th overall after five of 14 stages. Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing FR 450 Rally pilot Andrew Short, a former Supercross racer, finished 23rd, and is 23rd overall.

2018 Dakar Rally Stage 5: Honda's Joan Barreda Bort
Honda’s Joan Barreda Bort

As for the reigning Dakar Rally Champion Sam Sunderland, who claimed a 16th-straight Dakar win for KTM last year, the stage one and three winner crashed during stage 4. He was forced to abandon the 2018 Dakar Rally.

2018 Dakar Rally Stage 5 Results, Motorcycle

Pos.Exp.Drive-TeamMark-ModelTimeVariationPenality
14

ADRIEN VAN BEVEREN

YAMALUBE YAMAHA OFFICIAL RALLY TEAM14h 37′ 40”
247

KEVIN BENAVIDES

MONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM14h 38′ 40”+ 00h 01′ 00”
32

MATTHIAS WALKNER

RED BULL KTM FACTORY TEAM14h 38′ 54”+ 00h 01′ 14”
45

JOAN BARREDA BORT

MONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM14h 45′ 13”+ 00h 07′ 33”
523

XAVIER DE SOULTRAIT

YAMALUBE YAMAHA OFFICIAL RALLY TEAM14h 45′ 22”+ 00h 07′ 42”
68

TOBY PRICE

RED BULL KTM FACTORY TEAM14h 48′ 19”+ 00h 10′ 39”
719

ANTOINE MEO

RED BULL KTM FACTORY TEAM14h 49′ 52”+ 00h 12′ 12”
83

GERARD FARRES GUELL

HIMOINSA RACING TEAM.14h 53′ 04”+ 00h 15′ 24”
910

PABLO QUINTANILLA

ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING14h 53′ 52”+ 00h 16′ 12”
1020

RICKY BRABEC

MONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM15h 03′ 28”+ 00h 25′ 48”
119

STEFAN SVITKO

SLOVNAFT RALLY TEAM15h 04′ 02”+ 00h 26′ 22”00h 01′ 00”
1268

JOSE IGNACIO CORNEJO FLORIMO

MONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM15h 05′ 03”+ 00h 27′ 23”
1340

JOHNNY AUBERT

GAS GAS MOTORSPORT15h 15′ 43”+ 00h 38′ 03”
1433

DANIEL NOSIGLIA JAGER

HT RALLY RAID HUSQVARNA RACING15h 25′ 39”+ 00h 47′ 59”
1512

JUAN PEDRERO GARCIA

SHERCO TVS RALLY FACTORY15h 27′ 45”+ 00h 50′ 05”
1677

LUCIANO BENAVIDES

KTM FACTORY RACING TEAM15h 31′ 31”+ 00h 53′ 51”
1744

RODNEY FAGGOTTER

YAMALUBE YAMAHA OFFICIAL RALLY TEAM15h 34′ 24”+ 00h 56′ 44”
1815

LAIA SANZ

KTM FACTORY RACING TEAM15h 35′ 30”+ 00h 57′ 50”
1929

DANIEL OLIVERAS CARRERAS

HIMOINSA RACING TEAM.15h 43′ 20”+ 01h 05′ 40”
2060

JONATHAN BARRAGAN NEVADO

GAS GAS MOTORSPORT15h 44′ 07”+ 01h 06′ 27”
2161

ORIOL MENA

HERO MOTOSPORTS TEAM RALLY15h 45′ 26”+ 01h 07′ 46”
2218

ALESSANDRO BOTTURI

BOTTURI ALESSANDRO15h 45′ 52”+ 01h 08′ 12”
2354

ANDREW SHORT

ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING15h 48′ 51”+ 01h 11′ 11”
2414

MICHAEL METGE

MONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM15h 57′ 55”+ 01h 20′ 15”01h 00′ 00”
2527

DIEGO MARTIN DUPLESSIS

MEC TEAM15h 59′ 39”+ 01h 21′ 59”00h 10′ 00”