Quintanilla takes Dakar Rally lead in motorbike segment

Tupiza (Bolivia), Jan 6 (IANS) Chile’s Pablo Quintanilla (Husqvarna) displaced Spaniard Joan Barreda (Honda) as the overall leader of the motorcycle segment of the 2017 Dakar Rally after the Spanish rider saw an hour added to his time for a penalty.

Barreda’s Honda teammates Michael Metge and Paulo Gonçalves were likewise penalised when the judges concluded that all three riders had refuelled in a prohibited zone during the stage which started from San Salvador de Jujuy, Argentina, before concluding here on Thursday.

Matthias Walkner (KTM) finished first in the stage with a time of 4:57:22.