HRC Honda’s Joan Barreda had a wet awakening to the 2017 Dakar Rally when he drowned his CRF450 Rally during a water crossing on stage one.
Coming in a little to hot and heavy, Barreda looks to have massively misjudged the depth of this splash with his Honda instantly grinding to a halt.
Unable to re-fire, he was forced to push his way out out of the flood before getting going again.
Only finishing an eventual 32 seconds behind winner Xavier De Soultrait that mistake put a dampener on what could have been a winning run.
But he wasn’t the only one to get caught out with many competitors getting an early bath in Dakar 2017.