Skip to content

First stage of Dakar Rally in the books

Jan 5, 2014, 7:23 PM EDT

Carlos Sousa , Miguel Ramalho AP

The 2014 Dakar Rally got underway Sunday with the first stage between the Argentine towns of Rosario and San Luis. Leading the way in the motorcycle category was Joan Barreda, who gave Honda the victory with a Stage 1 run of 2 hours, 25 minutes, 31 seconds – 37 seconds ahead of fellow Spaniard Marc Coma and 1 minute, 40 seconds ahead of defending Dakar bike champ Cyril Despres of France.

“The stage wasn’t long, but it was a difficult one,” said Barreda in a Honda statement. “We raced on hard-pack terrain with stones and blind corners. The course was twisty and you had to stay focused. I was doing fine, finding my rhythm soon and keeping it to the finish. I will enjoy this evening!”

In the car category, Portugal’s Carlos Sousa (pictured) collected the victory and sits 11 seconds ahead of Argentina’s Orlando Terranova. Qatar’s Nasser Al-Attiyah is third, 47 seconds behind Sousa.

The United States’ Robby Gordon, also competing in the car category, had a disastrous beginning to his 2014 Dakar and after Stage 1, he’s already two hours and eight minutes off Sousa’s pace.

“I don’t know what happened,” he said to the Dakar website. “Everything went smoothly when we took things easy on the link section, but from the moment we started the special [stage], we had vapor lock problems and we had to stop. Then, all the other fluids started to overheat, so we had to stop at least five or six times…

“At the end, we had stopped for the umpteenth time when Competitor No. 390 offered to tow us to the end of the special. Honestly, it’s strange, I don’t know why this happened. We’ll have a look at it in the bivouac, although it’s disappointing to lose two or three hours on the very first day of racing…It’s worrying.”

Ignacio Casale of Chile earned top honors in the quads ahead of 2013 Dakar class champ Marcos Patronelli (+ :21 behind) and Lucas Bonetto (+ 1:17 behind). In the trucks, Ayrat Mardeev of Russia leads by ten seconds.

Tomorrow’s second stage will see the competitors remain in Argentina and head from San Luis to San Rafael. NBCSN will begin broadcast of Dakar highlight coverage starting tomorrow at 5 p.m. ET.

Latest Posts
  1. Aleshin conscious following heavy accident in MAVTV 500 final practice

    Aug 29, 2014, 10:52 PM EDT

    AleshinSunIMS Getty Images

    Severe looking three-car accident affects Mikhail Aleshin and two others.

  2. Kevin Harvick wins Atlanta Sprint Cup pole; Stewart qualifies 12th

    Aug 29, 2014, 8:45 PM EDT

    Oral-B USA 500 - Practice Getty Images

    Harvick earns his sixth Sprint Cup pole of 2014 with the help of some advice from returning boss and teammate Tony Stewart.

  3. Castroneves secures crucial MAVTV 500 pole; Power starts P21 for IndyCar finale (VIDEO)

    Aug 29, 2014, 8:00 PM EDT

    MAVTV 500 Ð Day 1 Getty Images

    Helio Castroneves on pole; Will Power struggles to P21 for Verizon IndyCar Series qualifying.

  4. NASCAR: Chris Buescher, Matt Kenseth lead Nationwide practices at Atlanta

    Aug 29, 2014, 7:29 PM EDT

    Great Clips 300 - Practice Getty Images

    The Nationwide Series rookie and Sprint Cup regular top today’s two practice sessions ahead of tomorrow night’s Great Clips 300 benefiting Feed The Children.

  5. Jeff Gordon: Last 3 races weren’t the same without Tony Stewart

    Aug 29, 2014, 7:06 PM EDT

    (Photo: Rusty Jarrett/Getty Images for NASCAR Getty Images

    HAMPTON, Ga. — According to Jeff Gordon, the last three Sprint Cup races just weren’t quite the same without Tony Stewart. Gordon is glad Stewart is back.

  6. NASCAR AMERICA: Drivers discuss Stewart’s return (VIDEO)

    Aug 29, 2014, 7:00 PM EDT

    Tony Stewart, Kevin Harvick AP

    Danica Patrick, Kevin Harvick, Jeff Gordon, Greg Biffle, Ryan Newman, and Brian Vickers share their thoughts on Tony Stewart getting back behind the wheel in Atlanta.

  7. IndyCar has 500 miles to glory, through speed, dirt, tire fall off and unpredictability

    Aug 29, 2014, 6:45 PM EDT

    MAVTV 500 Getty Images

    The 500-mile shootout may be late Saturday night in Fontana, but still promises a bevy of story lines for the Verizon IndyCar Series season finale.

  8. NASCAR AMERICA: Mike Helton explains decision to make Stewart eligible for Chase (VIDEO)

    Aug 29, 2014, 6:25 PM EDT

    Pocono 400 - Practice Getty Images

    NBCSN contributor Nate Ryan also reports on the atmosphere around Tony Stewart’s return at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

  9. NASCAR AMERICA: Tony Stewart’s “healing process” (VIDEO)

    Aug 29, 2014, 6:02 PM EDT

    Tony Stewart AP

    “…[Stewart] being in the race car right now is about him getting through what has been a very emotional two weeks, and what his next step is in coping with this.” – Stewart Haas Racing’s Brett Frood

  10. Vickers: Last 2 races will be “a battle” for drivers not locked in Chase

    Aug 29, 2014, 5:41 PM EDT

    Oral-B USA 500 - Practice Getty Images

    Brian Vickers and other winless drivers are facing big-time pressure to get a victory in the final races of the regular season.

  11. PWC: New Porsche GT-Cup class introduced for 2015

    Aug 29, 2014, 5:30 PM EDT

    Photo: Pirelli World Challenge Photo: Pirelli World Challenge

    Porsche GT-Cup class class to enter into Pirelli World Challenge in 2015.

  12. WATCH LIVE: NASCAR AMERICA at 5 p.m. ET

    Aug 29, 2014, 5:00 PM EDT

    NASCAR America

    Coming up today: More on the return of Tony Stewart at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

  13. Houston axed from 2015 IndyCar calendar; CTMP likely per report

    Aug 29, 2014, 4:45 PM EDT

    Shell Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston Getty Images

    Houston gone and momentum grows for Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, if a date can be found, for IndyCar.

  14. NASCAR: Tony Stewart 10th in first Cup practice at Atlanta; Edwards fastest

    Aug 29, 2014, 4:16 PM EDT

    Oral-B USA 500 - Practice Getty Images

    Following an emotional press conference this morning, the three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion got back to work.

  15. How NASCAR determined Tony Stewart was ready to race again

    Aug 29, 2014, 3:15 PM EDT

    (AP Photo/John Bazemore) AP

    HAMPTON, Ga. — Tony Stewart didn’t just wake up Friday morning and decide he was going to return to NASCAR racing. Rather, NASCAR officials required that Stewart followed procedures and protocols that included him being evaluated by outside professionals.

  16. Helton: Tony Stewart still eligible for Chase, but must win to get in

    Aug 29, 2014, 3:05 PM EDT

    helton atlanta 2014 -- 2 Getty Images

    HAMPTON, Ga. – Tony Stewart is still eligible to make this year’s Chase for the Sprint Cup, NASCAR president Mike Helton announced Friday afternoon at Atlanta Motor Speedway. But for that to happen, Stewart must win one of the next two races to get in.

  17. Full transcript of Mike Helton press conference at Atlanta

    Aug 29, 2014, 2:47 PM EDT

    (Photo: Jonathan Moore/Getty Images) Getty Images

    HAMPTON, Ga. — NASCAR president Mike Helton spoke with the media an hour after Tony Stewart read his self-prepared statement Friday afternoon at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

  18. Sheriff: Stewart crash investigation to continue “for at least another 2 weeks”

    Aug 29, 2014, 2:44 PM EDT

    Tony Stewart Getty Images

    Ontario County (N.Y.) Sheriff Philip Povero makes his first statement on the Tony Stewart/Kevin Ward Jr. crash investigation since Aug. 12.

  19. Kurt Busch, Danica Patrick glad to see boss, teammate and friend Tony Stewart back in race car

    Aug 29, 2014, 2:30 PM EDT

    (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack) AP

    HAMPTON, Ga. – Stewart-Haas Racing teammates Danica Patrick and Kurt Busch are fully in support of their boss, Tony Stewart, being back in a race car this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

  20. Full transcript of today’s Tony Stewart press conference

    Aug 29, 2014, 2:27 PM EDT

    Oral-B USA 500 - Practice Getty Images

    After reading from a prepared statement, Stewart left to prepare for Sprint Cup practice this afternoon. Stewart Haas Racing executive VP Brett Frood then took questions from the assembled media.

Video from NASCAR America

Inside Tony Stewart's return to racing
Top 10 NASCAR Driver Searches
  1. J. Gordon (2153)
  2. K. Busch (1756)
  3. K. Harvick (1714)
  4. J. Logano (1450)
  5. K. Larson (1256)