Dakar 2017: Toyotas hit trouble on Day 3; Barreda takes bike lead

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In Wednesday’s third stage of the 2017 Dakar Rally, San Miguel de Tucumán to San Salvado de Jujuy, one manufacturer was hit harder than most.

You can see Wednesday’s stage from the Dakar at 6:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, on NBCSN.

Four different Toyota Hilux competitors encountered issues on the stage. Stage one winner Nasser Al-Attiyah (No. 301 Toyota Gazoo Racing SA) and teammate Giniel de Villiers (No. 302), along with Nani Roma (No. 305 Overdrive Toyota) and Erik Van Loon (No. 310 Van Loon Racing) all hit trouble. Al-Attiyah stopped with a technical problem, Roma got restarted after stopping while de Villiers and Van Loon did not. De Villiers lost 45 minutes and fell to 11th.

Dakar legend and defending winner Stephane Peterhansel benefited in his No. 300 Peugeot for his first stage rally win this year. He finished ahead of Peugeot teammates Carlos Sainz and Sebastien Loeb.

Loeb, the stage two winner, now leads overall by 42 seconds over Sainz, and four minutes and 18 seconds over Peterhansel after three days.

On bikes, Joan Barreda took his No. 11 CRF 450 Rally for the Monster Energy Honda Team to a crushing stage three win, his first of this year’s Dakar.

Barreda won by 13 minutes and 29 seconds over Sam Sunderland (No. 14 KTM) and 16 minutes and 30 seconds over Pierre Renet (No. 31 Husqvarna).

The same two lead overall after three stages, with Honda’s Paulo Goncalves (No. 17) in third.

Gaston Gonzalez (No. 281 Yamaha) took the quads win, while Ignacio Casale (No. 251 Yamaha) leads the class overall over Gonzalez.

Trucks will be added later.

The stage three map is below.

Past day recaps are here:

Stage two
Stage one and (VIDEOS)

Supercross: Husqvarna’s Jalek Swoll and Malcolm Stewart out with injury

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Jalek Swoll and Rockstar Energy Husqvarna teammate Malcolm Stewart sustained injury in separate crashes late last week. Stewart missed Anaheim 2 and Swoll will not mount up for the 250 East season opener in Houston on February 4.

“Spent all of yesterday in the ER and today getting surgery so haven’t been able to make an update post,” Swoll posted on Instagram. “Spiral fractured my humorous yesterday and was lucky enough to get into surgery today. Absolutely heartbroken that I couldn’t show all the hard work me, [Mike Brown], [Aldon Baker], and [Joel Perez] were working on truly felt like this year was going to a big one with massive improvements we made but I guess it just wasn’t my time.”

The team announced on Instagram that Swoll underwent successful surgery to repair a broken bone in his arm, sustained in a practice crash on Friday. After missing the division opener, no further timeline has been given for his return.

Swoll made eight starts in the 250 West division last season with a best finish of fifth. In 2021, he scored his first SuperMotocross win in the outdoor Pro Motocross season at High Point Raceway in Mount Morris, Pennsylvania.

Stewart missed Anaheim 2 due to a practice injury. Likewise, the team did not announce a timetable for Stewart’s return.

He showed a lot of speed in the first two rounds before accidents eliminated him from contention in both rounds. He finished 16th at Anaheim 1 and 15th in San Diego, putting him in a points’ deficit that was already going to be difficult to overcome.

Stewart entered the 2023 season with a ton of confidence and believed all he needed was to stack his chips the right way to get this year’s championship.

Husqvarna is now represented by RJ Hampshire in the 250 West division and Christian Craig in 450s.

Hampshire had a rough weekend in Anaheim 2 and finished 11th in the overall standings after scoring a last place result in Race 2 with a bike sidelined by crash damage and a 13th in Race 3 after another fall.

Craig has not yet scored a top-10 on his 450 with a best of 11th at San Diego and Anaheim 2.

The news of these two injuries comes on the heels of the Pro Circuit Kawasaki team losing three of their four 250 riders.

Last week, Pro Circuit Kawasaki announced Seth Hammaker would miss the season opener with a wrist injury. Almost immediately, it was announced Jo Shimoda would also miss the 250 East opener with a shoulder injury.

Chris Blose will serve as a replacement rider in the 250 East division with Carson Mumford scheduled to replace the injured Austin Forkner in the West.