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.

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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.

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Photos:  ASO/F.Gooden