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Dakar 2015: Coma takes lead in Stage Eight

Barreda loses three hours with mechanical issues

SPANIARD Marc Coma took the lead from Joan Barreda in yesterday's Stage Eight of the 2015 Dakar Rally across Bolivian salt flats.

HRC's Barreda had been leading since Stage Two but ended yesterday's 485-mile route in 72nd place after losing over three hours.

The Spaniard had already lost an hour-and-a-half to Coma after 234 miles and had to be towed by Jeremias Israel after suffering mechanical issues. It left Coma with an overall lead of more than nine minutes over nearest rival Paulo Gonçalves.

KTM rider Pablo Quintanilla took his maiden Dakar stage victory on the eighth day of the 2015 rally, which saw several riders retire with altitude sickness and hypothermia in freezing conditions.

Stage Eight Classification:
1. Pablo Quintanilla (KTM), 2h 56’19”
2. Juan Pedrero Garcia (Yamaha), +00’11”
3. Stefan Svitko (KTM), +00’12”
4. Toby Price (KTM), +00’41”
5. Laia Sanz Pla-Giribert (Honda), +02’36”

Provisional Standings:
1. Marc Coma (KTM), 28h 51’12”
2. Paulo Gonçalves (Honda), +09’11”
3. Pablo Quintanilla (KTM), +11’11”
4. Toby Price (KTM), +15’56”
5. Stefan Svitko (KTM), +26’30”

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