Today was the last stage before tomorrow´s rest day in Salta, marking the half-way point after one week at the Dakar 2014. Joan Barreda did a brilliant job, winning two stages and keeping the overall lead for the first four days. Now he sits second in the overall classification. He and his machine are in perfect shape and he is eager to attack the overall leader during the second week. Barreda proved his status as the fastest rider in the field, and also his navigation skills have been outstanding so far, so he can put some pressure on his opponents.