- The 40th edition of the Dakar Rally was presented today in Paris, surrounded by great expectation.
- It promises to be an action packed edition, as A.S.O. has put all its effort into creating a unique race which will give the riders no time to rest.
- Miguel Puertas, HIMOINSA Team Manager, breaks down this new edition: “It will be a race to remember for many years to come”
No less than 40 years have gone by since Dakar’s first start in history. The start of something big, but at the time, uncertain of its future success. 40 years later, this sportive event is still raising passion, and the HIMOINSA Team keeps enjoying motorsport’s greatest adventure, conveying its passion to all of Dakar’s fans and supporters.
After months of patiently waiting to know the race’s details, the features this special edition were unveiled in the city that witnessed the birth of this competition: Paris.
The keys: 14 days of competition, 4500km of specials, over 4500km of liaisons, a rest day in La Paz (Bolivia), five days above 3000m of altitude, a mass start format in stage 4, stages alongside Lake Titicaca, 2 marathon stages for the bikes, and 185 rivals for the HIMOINSA Team’s five riders. A singular Dakar full of new and attractive novelties, which will presumably turn into one of the most relevant editions in the race’s history.
Miguel Puertas, Team Manager at HIMOINSA TEAM, breaks down the keys to this new edition:
Miguel Puertas (@MIGUELPUERTAS58): “The 2017 edition was a pleasant surprise due to its more complex approach, with more navigation and challenges for the riders. This played well into our hands, and solidified into Farrés’ third place, a rider with great regularity and quality.
For this year we will be treated to a brutal start in Peru, the first days of the race have been a recurring theme as well as the amount of sand we will encounter. This is also good news for us, we are aware that the more technical the terrain, the better our chances of performing well. Whoever is the quickest to adapt to such a tough start, will have a great advantage over the rest.
On top of that, riders will have to learn to manage both the riding and the effects of altitude, which will play a huge role once again in multiple stages. This will affect both riders and assistance crew, it is a matter to take care of from a collective point of view. The novelty of the three round-trip stages, which will not require the caravan to move, will make things easier on the assistance teams. However, these stages are expected to be especially tough for the riders.
On another note, the news of having none less than 7 stages completely off-track is a great step forward. We are going back to pure navigation, which will likely slow down the race pace dramatically, rewarding good navigators over ultra-fast riders. Along this line, the two marathon stages planned for the bikes will be very serious, but our five KTM´s are ready for such a great effort.
All in all, we will find three clearly different blocks: sand on top of sand in Peru, Bolivia with its altitude and changing meteorology and Argentina with its classic brutally tough stages and suffocating heat.
The team’s ambition has not diminished, and we will go to any extent necessary in order to overcome the even greater adversity. We are not setting ourselves any limits, we have worked very hard this year and the riders are more motivated than ever. Our five riders are feeling ready for the challenge and we like tough races. Gerard Farrés, Iván Cervantes, Dani Oliveras, Rosa Romero and Marc Solà have a lot of experience which we will be able to take advantage of.
It will be a pleasure to take part in such a unique edition, it will be a race to remember for many years to come, it’s not every day that you turn 40 years old.”
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