Dakar 2022 Stage 4 Results: Honda's Joan Barreda & Al-Attiyah Claim Second Stage Wins

The fourth and longest stage of the Dakar 2022 rally saw Honda's Joan Barreda become the first repeat winner in this year's race. Factory Toyota Gazoo driver Nasser Al Attiyah repeated the feat as he won the stage in the cars category pipping Sebastian Loeb to the post by just 25 seconds.

Bikes

The fourth stage of Dakar 2022 saw riders cover 464 kilometres across the sands of Saudi Arabia to the finish line near the nation's capital of Riyadh. Honda Joan Barreda, the winner of the second stage, repeated the feat in today's stage as he took his KTM rally bike to the top step of the podium with a time of 4 hours, 6 minutes and 6 seconds. Barreda beat his teammate Chile's Pablo Quintanilla by a margin of 4 minutes and 37 seconds.

2022 Stage 4 Results: Honda's Joan Barreda & Al-Attiyah Claim Second Stage Wins

In the third spot was the rider of the day, two-time MotoGP race winner and Tech3 KTM rider Danilo Petrucci. The former MotoGP blitzed the starting section of the stage and was leading as the bikes passed through the first three waypoints. Petrucci was passed by Barreda but resolutely clung on to second for quite a while. However, Quintanilla passed Petrucci by the penultimate waypoint forcing the Italian rider to settle for a well-earned third.

2022 Stage 4 Results: Honda's Joan Barreda & Al-Attiyah Claim Second Stage Wins

Today was also a good day for TVS Sherco as Rui Goncalves and Lorenzo Santolino tag-teamed the longest stage of the Dakar to claim fourth and fifth respectively. The final TVS rider, India's Harith Noah finished the stage in 32nd, 28 minutes and 8 seconds behind Barreda.

2022 Stage 4 Results: Honda's Joan Barreda & Al-Attiyah Claim Second Stage Wins

Hero's Joaquim Rodrigues, who won yesterday's stage endured a tougher day in the sands of Saudi finishing 38th overall. His teammate, Aaron Mare finished the stage in the 23rd spot, 24 minutes behind the stage winner.

2022 Stage 4 Results: Honda's Joan Barreda & Al-Attiyah Claim Second Stage Wins

After the fourth stage, Sam Sunderland continues to lead the Dakar Rally in the bikes category. GasGas rider Sunderland finished the day in 7th and now enjoys a 3 minute lead over KTM riding rival, Matthias Walkner. Yamaha's Adrien Van Beveren, who was just 4 seconds behind Sunderland after yesterday's stage now sits nearly five minutes behind the British rider.

2022 Stage 4 Results: Honda's Joan Barreda & Al-Attiyah Claim Second Stage Wins

TVS Sherco's Santolino continues to be the highest raked rider among those representing the two Indian marques in the Dakar rally this year. Hero's Aaron Mare is the next best-ranked rider having dropped out of the top 10 to 12th spot nearly 32 and a half minutes behind Sunderland. Rodrigues dropped two places today and now lies 19th. Harith Noah astride his TVS continues to hold onto 31st while Goncalves continues his steady ascent up the leaderboard and now sits 38th, 4 places ahead of where he finished yesterday.

2022 Stage 4 Results: Honda's Joan Barreda & Al-Attiyah Claim Second Stage Wins

Cars

Qatari driver Nasser Al-Attiyah took the top spot by a minuscule 25 seconds in the longest stage of the rally. Al-Attiyah's closest rival in the overall rankings, Sebastian Loeb finished just 25 seconds behind the Qatari Toyota driver on the stage to claim the second spot.

2022 Stage 4 Results: Honda's Joan Barreda & Al-Attiyah Claim Second Stage Wins

The fourth stage of the Dakar 2022 rally was an eventful one with the lead changing multiple times. Henk Lategan lead for most of the stage but due to a problem with his right rear wheel, the South African screeched to a halt at the 310-kilometre mark.

2022 Stage 4 Results: Honda's Joan Barreda & Al-Attiyah Claim Second Stage Wins

The lead then shifted between Carlos Sainz before Al-Attiyah who led the stage through the first two waypoints took over storming past the final two waypoints before the finish line in the top spot. However, Saudi's Yazeed Al Rajhi, stormed through the final section to seemingly win the stage by just 14 seconds. Unfortunately for Al Rajhi, a 2 minute time penalty saw him drop from first to 5th in the standings for the day.

2022 Stage 4 Results: Honda's Joan Barreda & Al-Attiyah Claim Second Stage Wins

In the overall standings, Al-Attiyah leads Loeab by 38 minutes and 5 seconds. Al Rajhi is now on the podium and sits 11 minutes and 10 seconds behind Loeb. However, the Saudi driver sits just 2 seconds ahead of Toyota factory racer Giniel de Villiers.

2022 Stage 4 Results: Honda's Joan Barreda & Al-Attiyah Claim Second Stage Wins

Thoughts On Dakar 2022: Stage 4

The longest stage of this year's Dakar Rally was a wildly entertaining one especially in the car's section with the top five drivers separated by just 1 minute and 46 seconds. Nasser Al-Attiyah and Honda's Joan Barreda became the first multi-stage winners at this year's Dakar Rally, while TVS Sherco showed its potential with two riders finishing in the top 5.

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Article Published On: Wednesday, January 5, 2022, 18:35 [IST]
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