Dakar Rally – stage eight report

Sunderland tightens his grip

Joan Barreda

STAGE eight of the 2017 Dakar rally was a monster - 822km from Uyuni to Salta. Sam Sunderland put in another strong performance as he increased his overall lead with a third place behind Red Bull KTM Factory teammate Matthias Walkner amid tough conditions caused by the previous days’ rain.

Monster Energy Honda rider Joan Barreda took the spoils with his second victory of this year’s race. However, even though he’s found some speed, it looks like Sam Sunderland’s lead of over an hour is unassailable.

Stage eight results:

1BARREDA Joan11SPAMonster Energy Honda Team4:28'21
2WALKNER Matthias14AUTRed Bull KTM Rally Factory Team+3'51
3SUNDERLAND Sam16GBRRed Bull KTM Rally Factory Team+3'54
4METGE Michael15FRAMonster Energy Honda Team+4'25
5PEDRERO Joan12SPASherco TVS Rally Factory+6'00
6GONCALVES Paulo17PORMonster Energy Honda Team+07'06
7QUINTANILLA Pablo3CHIHusqvarna Factory Rally Team+7'07
8RENET Pierre-Alexandre31FRAHusqvarna Factory Rally Team+9'26
9DE SOULTRAIT Xavier23FRAViltais Racing Team HFP+9'31
10FARRES Gerard8SPAHimoinsa Team+9'42

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