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Strategy was the key during five hours against the clock

STAGE 7: LA PAZ – UYUNI (Special: 425 km – Total: 727)

 

  • The HIMOINSA Team riders complete a stage characterised by tactics, with the goal of conserving both bike and body for the marathon stage, which will entail the rally’s longest timed special without assistance.
  • Gerard Farrés makes good use of his expertise to defend his position inside a Top 10 where there are many changes yet again.
  • Dani Oliveras keeps his pace up and finishes another stage among the day’s fastest, taking an important leap in the overall.

Uyuni (Bolivia). After the day off in La Paz, Dakar 2018 has resumed its way into the second half of the race. Additionally, it does so with one of the biggest challenges of this 40th edition: the La Paz-Uyuni-Tupiza marathon stage.

In just two days, the riders will cross the Bolivian country from North to South without receiving assistance from their mechanical teams. Today, the objective was to be as fresh as possible at the finish line in Uyuni, after completing one of the longest specials of the whole rally: 425 kilometers in which the abundant rain, mud and altitude (again with passages over 4,000 meters) have been the main obstacles to overcome. Once across the finish line, the riders will spend the night alone, with no more spare parts than those they have been able to carry with them, and having to repair the bikes themselves to face the second half of this marathon stage, where an even longer 498 kilometer long special awaits them.

Therefore, strategy was one of the key factors to this seventh stage, where the management work from Miguel Puertas and the enormous experience of Gerard Farrés, has allowed the rider to defend his position in the Top 10 in a day filled with constant movement in the leaderboard.

Equally smart and cunning was Dani Oliveras who, while continuing to ride at the pace of the Top 10 for the third consecutive day, which has led him to climb four positions in the general classification, has managed to conserve his forces and his mechanics to get to Uyuni in great condition and face tomorrow’s second half of this extreme stage.

The rest of the HIMOINSA Team applied the same approach, with the objective for Marc Solà, Iván Cervantes and Rosa Romero being to reach Uyuni’s finish line without complications and without giving up time in their respective classifications.

 

Gerard Farrés (@gerardfarres): “We had to endure a lot of rain, cold and mud, and in such a long stage with more than 400 kilometers of timed section, this can be an unbearable handicap, both for the rider and for the bike. The engines also suffer much more now, riding at altitude, tonight we won’t have mechanical assistance and tomorrow’s special is even longer. If there was a day in which it was key to ride with a cool head, that was today. Got better as the stage progressed, coming back to defend our position in the overall and having a good starting position for tomorrow. That was the goal.

 

Dani Oliveras (@danioliveras_21): “I started very strong, I think I got fifth in the first WP, but the special today was very long (in my case it was upwards of 5 and a half hours), the conditions were very difficult and tomorrow is even more so. So, it was very important to get to Uyuni, conserve the tires and, above all, not having to spend the night doing repairs to the bike. I think we rode a great stage. We have managed our pace and our strength very well for tomorrow, and doing this close to the stage’s Top 10 and breaking into the Top 15  overall.”

 

Classification: Stage 7 (provisional *)

1st J. Barreda (5: 11.10)

2nd A. Van Beveren (+02.51)

3rd K. Benavides (+08.02)

12th Gerard Farrés (+20.07)

14th Dani Oliveras (+22.04)

*** Marc Solà (pending arrival at the finish line)

*** Iván Cervantes (pending arrival to the finish)

*** Rosa Romero (pending arrival to the finish)

 

General Classification (provisional *)

1st K. Benavides (16: 33.20)

2nd A. Van Beveren (+01.57)

3rd M. Walkner (+02: 50)

9th Gerard Farrés (+33.27)

14th Dani Oliveras (+1: 23.21)

*** Marc Solà (pending arrival at the finish line)

*** Iván Cervantes (pending arrival to finish)

*** Rosa Romero (pending arrival to finish)

 

 

Next stage: Uyuni – Tupiza

 

 

High resolution photographs of the stage: DAKAR 2018 – Action Photos

 

 

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GERARD FARRÉS: “It took a lot of speed and effort to be where we are now”

 

INTERVIEW

 

  • The HIMOINSA Team leader, and Dakar 2018’s ninth place rider reflects on the first half of the race and on what is to come in the second week.

 

Question: Arriving to the halfway point of the race, did you expect to be in this position?

Gerard Farrés (@gerardfarres): “More than expecting it, it was exactly what I wished for before the start. After the injury I had in May I did not know how competitive I was going to be. Obviously, you always come here with the desire to do well, but there are many riders with chances of winning, in each stage there are 20 factory riders to deal with. Being the first private motorcycle is important for us, as much as it is a great achievement to mix it up with the world’s best.”

Question: What do you think the key to this great performance is?

Gerard Farrés (@gerardfarres): “The key has been not getting nervous and not taking unnecessary risks. We were forced to push a lot, because this year the pace is very demanding, and we would not be where we are otherwise, but we have ridden a smart race and keeping in mind that there is still a lot of rally ahead. Every day we analyze the strategy with our director, Miguel Puertas and also, on a personal level, our teammate from recent years, rider Antonio Gimeno also helps me out from a strategic point of view. He is following the race very closely from Spain, he has a huge experience after finishing Dakar four times, he knows the tracks, the rivals and, above all, he has a much more global vision than those of us here. With him and with what we agree with Miguel, we are able to reach our full potential every day.”

Question: Is the difference between the factory motorcycles and the HIMOINSA Team’s KTMs that noticeable?

Gerard Farrés (@gerardfarres): “Of course it shows. For example, KTM came up with a much smaller bike than in previous years, like ours for example. The same goes for the Yamaha and the Honda, which are more compact bikes, and that makes for a bigger difference in performance. This year it is tougher to be able to keep up, although it is also true that the improvements to our bikes’ electronics allows them to work to their full potential and this is also allowing us to enjoy the race and compete at the highest level. From now on, when we enter the faster terrain, we may be closer to them.”

Question: Is this edition of Dakar being as complicated as it is said? Have the dune stages in Peru been that hard?

Gerard Farrés (@gerardfarres): “Yes, really the sand has been very complicated. Especially because there was a lot to lose with any small mechanical problem or due to the poor visibility offered by the dunes, which made it was very easy to have big crashes. Nevertheless, we were able to make a good interpretation of the route, avoid any navigation mistakes and overcome the difficulties of this first country with very good results.”

Question: Have you had any critical moments in these early stages?

Gerard Farrés (@gerardfarres): “The truth is that I have not had what we could consider a serious problem, because we all have saves and close calls every day, as you can see in the TV footage. However, in our case the strategy that had to be followed was clear every day, knowing when to get on the gas and when to keep a cool head. This also allowed us to surpass the most difficult areas without making mistakes and being in the right positions in every moment.”

Question: What do you think can be the key stage from now on?

Gerard Farrés (@gerardfarres): “There are still many challenges to overcome. Now we are facing two marathon stages, which are always very complicated for riders to manage. In Bolivia we are going to spend days at altitude, where rain and cold is expected, and that really affects you physically, but on top of that when we arrive in Argentina we expect a lot of heat again. We got through six days, but we still have eight treacherous days ahead of us.”

General Classification after 6 stages

1st K. Benavides (16: 33.20)

2nd A. Van Beveren (+01.57)

3rd M. Walkner (+03: 50)

9th Gerard Farrés (+18.08)

15th Dani Oliveras (+1: 06.05)

29th Marc Solà (+2: 24.04)

37th Iván Cervantes (+2: 59.33)

70th Rose Romero (+8: 35.27)

 

Next stage: La Paz – Uyuni

High resolution photographs of the race: DAKAR 2018 – Action Photos

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DANI OLIVERAS: “As soon as the terrain allowed it, I attacked” Modificar los tags…

INTERVIEW

 

  • In his fourth Dakar appearance, Dani Oliveras has turned into the race’s revelation, standing up to the favorites’ speed and skill. After finishing two stages within the Top 10 as the best Spaniard, the HIMOINSA Team rider reflects on his performance so far, and gets ready for the racing still to come.

 

Question: We are barely halfway through the rally and the media already considers you the revelation of this Dakar. What are the reasons behind this enormous improvement?

Dani Oliveras (@danioliveras_21): “This year we have been able to rack up many kilometers of training in Morocco with the whole team and, although the conditions here are very different, I think this has helped us gain a lot of confidence on the bike in all aspects: pace, navigation, reliability, performance, etc.”

Question: What has been your strong point in these past stages?

Dani Oliveras (@danioliveras_21): “In the sand it was difficult to push the pace because the dunes were very technical. I was not familiar with Peru’s terrain and I did not know what to expect. If you add the huge amount of crashes and people hurting themselves, in the end, in the difficult situations in the dunes the priority is always to avoid making any mistakes, getting the navigation right and pushing where the terrain allowed it. All this I think has been what has helped me achieve these good results.”

 

Question: Yesterday you got your best result in the Dakar (fifth) How did you do it?

Dani Oliveras (@danioliveras_21): “Confidence is again crucial in this regard. When you hesitate, you lose time. I am very comfortable with the bike and as soon as the terrain became a bit favorable I gave it my all. But these fast stages also have their complications, because there is still the risk of getting badly hurt at this speed, so you have to be very focused on the small details, recalibrate the roadbook correctly, braking and turning with much more finesse. In short, when everything gets faster you also have to be much more attentive. At the finish, although I had to slow down in the last 20 kilometers because it was pouring with rain, I knew I had done well, although I did not expect to be in fifth (laughs).”

 

Question: You have a reputation of being skilled at setting up your bike. Do you think that has also helped you to make this leap?

Dani Oliveras (@danioliveras_21): “I am a rider who has always done all the mechanics to my bikes and I am very meticulous in this regard. This also makes me very sensitive and I can tell very quickly when something is not right. The good thing is that knowing the bike well, I can find solutions to many problems quickly and it is clear that this has been very useful, like a few days ago, in stage 5, when I had the oil leak which I detected and fixed in the span of a single dune. All this also makes a difference in the calmness and confidence of which I spoke before and helps you ride freely and much better.”

Question: How do you see yourself now that the fast stages are here?

Dani Oliveras (@danioliveras_21): “This year we also bring tons of technical work in terms of the bike’s electronics and we have full confidence that the bike will perform well. This performance is going to be key for us to be able to keep up with the pace of the factory bikes from now on, where it will be more about speed and less about navigation.”

Question: What can we expect from you in the remaining stages?

Dani Oliveras (@danioliveras_21): “There is still so much Dakar ahead of us. When we reach the area of ​​Chilecito and Fiambalá, in Argentina, everything will likely complicate again due to the navigation as well as the heat and the accumulated fatigue from so many days and kilometers. I think a lot can happen there and it will be very important to keep a cool head in those days when everything is going to be at stake.”

 

 General Classification after 6 stages

1st K. Benavides (16: 33.20)

2nd A. Van Beveren (+01.57)

3rd M. Walkner (+03: 50)

9th Gerard Farrés (+18.08)

15th Dani Oliveras (+1: 06.05)

29th Marc Solà (+2: 24.04)

37th Iván Cervantes (+2: 59.33)

70th Rose Romero (+8: 35.27)

Next stage: La Paz – Uyuni

High resolution photographs of the race: DAKAR 2018 – Action Photos

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The HIMOINSA Team shines bright and stands tall

  REST DAY: LA PAZ

 

  • The five HIMOINSA Team riders have managed to complete the first half of the toughest Dakar ever disputed in South America, with the full team safe and sound in La Paz, looking to keep up the fight.
  • Gerard Farrés anchors his position in the Top 10 in a very competitive and entertaining edition at the head of the race.
  • Dani Oliveras, after two memorable days, tackles the Bolivian stages already within the best 20, making a surge as the clear revelation rider.
  • Marc Solà stays consistent and gains positions coming out of the Peruvian desert, looking to compete for a spot in the Top 25.
  • Iván Cervantes overcomes a tough few days due to sickness, increasing his pace as he recovers physical shape.
  • Rosa Romero hangs on after a devastating week from a physical and mental standpiont, staying on the gas and making no mistakes.

 

La Paz (Bolivia). The toughest Dakar of the last decade enjoys a well-deserved day of rest this Friday in the capital of Bolivia, where the five HIMOINSA Team riders take the opportunity to get their bodies and motorbikes ready to face the second week of the race.

Considering what happened during the first six stages of the 40th edition of this Dakar, the Spanish team’s performance can only be described as outstanding. Of the 337 participants who took the start in Lima, the Peruvian desert has claimed none less than 88 victims from all categories (26.1% of withdrawals), many of them among the favorites for victory. More specifically, in the category of motorcycles, of the 167 riders who started, already 29 (17.3%) have been forced to abandon, with stages as complicated as the second one (Pisco-Pisco) in which there were up to 11 casualties in this category.

Keeping this in mind, it is remarkable that the HIMOINSA Team has managed to keep its five riders in the race, when the statistics dictate that at this point they could have had one or two withdrawals easily, which makes them the best private team of the event. This speaks volumes about the work ethic, the planning, the experience and the team spirit within the structure directed by Miguel Puertas.

But not only has it been a matter of battling against the ruthlessness of Dakar 2018, but the members of the Spanish team are also competing at the highest level to re-write history and fight for the honorary positions of the race, as they did in 2017

Gerard Farrés is firmly installed within the Top 10 despite the intense battle that is being waged at the head of the race, where there have already been four stage winners and four different overall leaders in the first six days. Farreti has been one of the most consistent in all conditions, and this puts him in a perfect position for the second week of the rally.

Gerard Farrés (@gerardfarres): “It is clear that we are back in the ideal position to face the second week of the race. Considering what we have seen for now, many things are still going to happen, and the key is to stay consistent and wait for our moment to attack.”

Dani Oliveras is already considered to be the great surprise of this Dakar 2018. The HIMOINSA Team rider is demonstrating all that he is capable of in his fourth participation in the race. Oliveras has achieved his best results, with a sixth (stage 5) and especially, the fifth place achieved in the sixth stage, when he rode in second position for a good portion of the day. A showing of potential for the Spanish rider, who made clear his intentions and his aptitudes to fight against the official bikes in any terrain.

Dani Oliveras (@danioliveras_21): “What we have achieved so far is amazing, both as a team and on a personal level. I felt good coming in, but I did not expect to be strong enough to fight hand in hand with the factory bikes. If it had not been for some small navigation errors in the first days and the oil leak that I had the fifth, I have shown that I have the pace to be in the top 10 with an inferior bike than the favorites. So, we’re going to fight for it in this second part of the race.”

The team’s rookie, Marc Solà, has also weathered the storm from this first week of Dakar. Overcoming the dunes and the heat of the Peruvian desert, Marc Solà is already lurking around the Top 25 of the classification.

Marc Solà (@marcsola34): “I tried to get better progressively, avoiding mistakes and, above all, ensuring the arrival to the finish line every day. The conditions have shown that anyone could end the day in a hospital, and it is something that I clearly could not allow in this first week. Now it’s time to change the mindset and also the riding style. Just a bit more gas and we will be climbing positions in the overall.”

Iván Cervantes started the race with a 39-degree fever, which proved to be a huge handicap during the very hard stages in the dunes, where the physical factor and navigation played a fundamental role. However, the five-time World Enduro Champion has been able to manage this difficult situation to reach La Paz, gathering strength to face the second part of the race in better conditions and on possibly more favorable terrain.

Iván Cervantes (@IvanCervantes25): “It has been a very hard first week. I started sick and with the strong pace of the race and the little rest we have had, I have not been fully 100% at any moment. Now comes Bolivia, with the height and the cold and it will not be easy either, but little by little I am getting better and after having managed to overcome this first week in the desert, I think the change of terrain will be good for me to start to show my teeth.”

Rosa Romero (@rosaromerofont): “It’s been a very hard week. The Peruvian desert has been a brutal test and for those of us who ride in the back groups, surrounded by cars and trucks, even more complicated. In the first days I had some mechanical problems that, fortunately, I was able to solve, and then Nani’s accident came, which will inevitably affect you emotionally, although luckily everything was OK. Then I had a couple of days with some fever and antibiotics, but despite all the difficulties, I am very happy because I felt well in all the stages and we have already overcome one of the most difficult parts of the race. Now, some well-deserved rest.”

General Classification after 6 stages

1st K. Benavides (16: 33.20)

2nd A. Van Beveren (+01.57)

3rd M. Walkner (+03: 50)

9th Gerard Farrés (+18.08)

15th Dani Oliveras (+1: 06.05)

29th Marc Solà (+2: 24.04)

37th Iván Cervantes (+2: 59.33)

70th Rose Romero (+8: 35.27)

 

Next stage: La Paz – Uyuni

 

High resolution photographs of the race: DAKAR 2018 – Action Photos

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Empresa multinacional especializada en la fabricación y comercialización de sistemas de generación de energía. HIMOINSA cuenta con ocho centros productivos en España, USA, Brasil, Argentina, Francia, India y China, y doce filiales comerciales en Argentina, Panamá, República Dominicana, Portugal, Angola, Reino Unido, Alemania, Polonia, Singapur, Dubái, Sudáfrica y Australia. Con más de 1.000 empleados, la compañía ha suministrado grupos electrógenos y torres de iluminación a importantes proyectos internacionales de los cinco continentes.

Este año, HIMOINSA se ha convertido en el Proveedor Oficial de Energía del Dakar. Sus grupos electrógenos dotarán de energía a los más de 10 bivouac montados durante el recorrido del rally.

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Dani Oliveras’ breakthrough ride leaves him just 1:55 away from his first stage victory

 STAGE 6: AREQUIPA – LA PAZ (Special: 313* km – Total: 760)

 

  • The HIMOINSA Team rider takes Bolivia by storm, standing face to face with the race favorites, sailing to a fifth position as the best private rider and the best Spaniard, the only one in the stage’s Top 10.
  • As for Gerard Farrés, he hangs on to the leaders despite their attacking pace, solidifying his position in the Top 10 overall.
  • The first part of the timed itinerary was cancelled due to the snowy and cold conditions which have taken over the mountain ranges rising above 4000 meters.

La Paz (Bolivia). Dakar has entered Bolivia and, as expected, it brings to the table a completely different race than the one offered by the Peruvian desert in the opening stages. The altitude and the weather have already taken their toll in this first day of crossing borders and the first part of the bikes’ timed sector, which included a passage at 4,700 meters above sea level, which was neutralized for motorcycle riders due to the treacherous conditions. Consequently, after a long 356 km liaison, the bikes have tackled the remaining part of the 194 km timed section, which started on the shores of Lake Titicaca.

A new stage is set, which also requires a change of strategy which was immediately noticed at the first checkpoints where the differences between the favorites were reduced to a few seconds. Faced with this new situation, Gerard Farrés has once again proven his impeccable race management skills, while keeping up with the leading group’s pace. This has allowed him to stay in the top 10 of the general classification, where there has been a leader change, with the Argentinian Kevin Benavides (Honda) sneaking into the head of the classification.

However, the day’s revolution came from Dani Oliveras, who has stepped up his game both technically and speed wise, and despite his clear bike disadvantage, stood up to the big names of the race. Oliveras fought for the stage victory since the first checkpoints, at one point being the second fastest rider and finishing the day in fifth position, just 1:55 off the stage winner, the French, Meo (KTM). This makes Dani Oliveras the best private driver of the stage, the best Spanish and the only one capable of finishing in the top 10 today. A spectacular performance that keeps the HIMOINSA Team rider in the top 20 in the overall classification, after the final stage before the well-deserved rest day in La Paz.

Very good day also for Marc Solá, who only gave 7.33 at the finish, placing him near the top 20 on the day and climbing positions in the general. On the other hand, Iván Cervantes is little by little finding himself in better physical condition after the fever problems which he suffered during the first days. Rosa Romero, once again, was consistent throughout this sixth stage of the 2018 Dakar.

 

Classification: Stage 6 (provisional *)

1st A. Meo (1: 54.10)

2nd K. Benavides (+00.30)

3rd T. Price (+00.30)

5th Dani Oliveras (+01.55)

14th Gerard Farrés (+04.14)

25th Marc Solà (+07.33)

*** Iván Cervantes (pending arrival to finish)

*** Rosa Romero (pending arrival to finish)

 

General Classification (provisional *)

1st K. Benavides (16: 33.20)

2nd A. Van Beveren (+01.57)

3rd M. Walkner (+02: 50)

9th Gerard Farrés (+18.08)

15th Dani Oliveras (+1: 05.40)

26th Marc Solà (+2: 24.04)

*** Iván Cervantes (pending arrival to finish)

*** Rosa Romero (pending arrival to finish)

 

Next stage: Rest Day – La Paz

 

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An impressive Farrés continues to climb positions

STAGE 5: SAN JUAN DE MARCONA – AREQUIPA (Special: 266 km – Total: 774)

  • Gerard Farrés maintains his steady and relentless pace through Dakar and finishes yet another good stage, gaining positions in the overall classification to solidify himself in eigth place.
  • Another great stage by Dani Oliveras, who overcame a mechanical problem and was able to keep up with the leaders’ pace, finishing the day within the stage’s Top 20.
  • Solid day as well for Marc Solà, Iván Cervantes and Rosa Romero, which allows the HIMOINSA Team to stay in the race with all its riders, in this decade’s toughest and most selective Dakar.

Arequipa (Peru). This fifth stage of the 2018 Dakar was highlighted in red by all the riders even before taking the start. In view of the harshness imposed by the Peruvian desert, the 266 kilometers of special through the giant dunes of Tanaka, could prove to be deadly for the chances of many favorites.

However, Gerard Farrés started the day with an incredible pace, which placed him as the second fastest rider for a considerable part of the stage, keeping up with the incredible pace of the stage winner, Joan Barreda.

On his route, the HIMOINSA Team rider came across Dani Oliveras, who started a few minutes before and had to fix an oil leak which cost him 10 minutes. From that moment on, until the end of the stage, the two riders rode together, with a very good pace which allowed them to reach the finish line among the best, gaining more positions in the overall classification. This allows Farrés to be the best private rider of the race for another day, keeping up with the factory bikes.

Another highlight of the day was Marc Solà’s best stage result of 2018, finishing twenty-fifth. Meanwhile, Iván Cervantes and Rosa Romero once again demonstrate their regularity, and allow the HIMOINSA Team to stand out as one of the most solid teams (and the best private team) in this gruelling test for the participants, which is the toughest Dakar of recent years.

Gerard Farrés (@gerardfarres):This stage’s itinerary made for one of the most spectacular and enjoyable specials I have ever rode. I feel very well physically, the bike is perfect and this shows in the pace I kept for most of the day. I am very happy with how we have managed to complete the desert stages in Peru and now it is time to change our mentality, because in Bolivia we will find a completely different race.”

Dani Oliveras (@danioliveras_21):I had an awesome start, but suddenly I saw that I had an oil leak which, fortunately, I could fix in time before it got more serious. This made me lose about 10 minutes, which allowed Gerard to catch me and from that moment on, we rode the rest of the stage together. I’m very happy because the favorites are really fast and I’m still comfortable with the speed and the pace”

Marc Solà (@marsola34): “Very happy with this special. Really positive overall, because I wanted to ride and navigate at my own pace without making any mistakes, and in the second part of the stage the sand was very soft, which added some difficulty. Towards the end we also rode through a canyon where there was a lot of fesh-fesh from the passing of the cars and trucks and it was a bit treacherous, so I did not want to take more risks than necessary. Overall, I’m very happy with how things have gone in the desert of Peru. Let’s go to Bolivia.”

Classification: Stage 5 (provisional *)

1st J. Barreda (3: 19.42)

2nd M. Walkner (+10.26)

3rd K. Benavides (+12.20)

8th Gerard Farrés (+15.24)

17th Dani Oliveras (+29.08)

25th Marc Solà (+36.33)

*** Iván Cervantes (pending arrival to finish)

*** Rosa Romero (pending arrival to finish)

 

General Classification (provisional *)

1st A. Van Beveren (14: 37.40)

2nd K. Benavides (+1.00)

3rd M. Walkner (+1: 14)

8th Gerard Farrés (+15.24)

19th Dani Oliveras (+1: 05.40)

30th Marc Solà (+2: 18.01)

35th Iván Cervantes (+2: 47.00)

*** Rosa Romero (pending arrival to finish)

Next stage: Arequipa – La Paz (Special: 313 km – Total: 760 km)

High resolution photographs of the stage: DAKAR 2018 – Action Photos

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Empresa multinacional especializada en la fabricación y comercialización de sistemas de generación de energía. HIMOINSA cuenta con ocho centros productivos en España, USA, Brasil, Argentina, Francia, India y China, y doce filiales comerciales en Argentina, Panamá, República Dominicana, Portugal, Angola, Reino Unido, Alemania, Polonia, Singapur, Dubái, Sudáfrica y Australia. Con más de 1.000 empleados, la compañía ha suministrado grupos electrógenos y torres de iluminación a importantes proyectos internacionales de los cinco continentes.

Este año, HIMOINSA se ha convertido en el Proveedor Oficial de Energía del Dakar. Sus grupos electrógenos dotarán de energía a los más de 10 bivouac montados durante el recorrido del rally.

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Sobre YANMAR:

Con más de 16.000 empleados distribuidos en 130 países en todo el mundo, se ha dedicado a fabricar motores diésel desde 1912, con su constante filosofía de diseño; “más potencia y menos peso”. Yanmar ha introducido continuamente motores energéticamente eficientes, en un proceso constante de investigación, desarrollo e innovación. Es una marca globalmente reconocida, que fabrica motores diésel no sólo para el ocio y la náutica comercial, sino también para maquinaria agrícola, maquinaria de construcción, unidades de refrigeración y sistemas eléctricos de cogeneración.

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Dani Oliveras surprises everybody with the best Spanish performance of the day: sixth

STAGE 4: SAN JUAN DE MARCONA – SAN JUAN DE MARCONA (Special: 330 km – Total: 444)

  • A stellar performance by the HIMOINSA Team rider (sixth in the stage) makes him the best Spaniard on the day and allows him to climb over 10 positions in the general classification, leaving him on the verge of the Top 10.

  • Gerard Farrés, unstoppable once again, continues attacking the favorites to be ninth overall and remain as the best Spanish motorcycle rider.

San Juan de Marcona (Perú). New demonstration of speed and expertise by the HIMOINSA Team riders as they tackled the enormous challenges which the Peruvian desert is throwing at them. In a day which had 330 km of timed route in store for the riders, the stage began with a spectacular departure in groups of 15 motorcycles on the shores of the Pacific Ocean.

In a stage where navigation could once again be one of the key factors, both Gerard Farrés and his teammate Dani Oliveras made use of the many training sessions they have had this year to ride fast and safe, when many of their rivals struggled to find the right route during the equator of the stage.

This has allowed the HIMOINSA Team riders to be, once again, among the best of the day. In fact, Dani Oliveras, sixth, was the best Spanish rider on the stage, again standing up to the factory bikes to harvest his best stage result in Dakar.

On his account, Gerard Farrés also rode a faultless stage, allowing him to climb positions in the general classification up to ninth position, and even reduce the gap between him and the race leader.

Dani Oliveras (@danioliveras_21): “It was a dramatic first 150 kilometers due to the group start format, which caused a lot of dust to kick up. After one of the refuelings I rode in a group with a few riders, and since kilometer 200 I started to see many lost riders, but I continued to rely on my own notes and my route instead of following the tracks blindly, which allowed me to overtake many people. Then they caught up to me and, again, they got lost again until one of them decided to follow me from that point. It is clear that today the key was not so much the speed as it was overcoming the problems with the dust at the start and then avoiding any navigation mistakes.”

Gerard Farrés (@gerardfarres): “We all rode in a group initially, but De Soultrait’s pace was incredible. Some of the riders in the second group caught up to us, but then we lost track of them. It was a stage with very complicated navigation, and that made for a very irregular pace in the leading group, but I am very happy to have been able to gain some time and keep improving my position in these circumstances”.

Classification: Stage 4 (provisional*)

1st A. Van Beveren (4: 08.23)

2nd X. De Soultrait (+5.01)

3rd M. Walkner (+7.10)

6th Dani Oliveras (+08.39)

10th Gerard Farrés (+10.11)

32nd Marc Solà (+39.59)

*** Iván Cervantes (pending arrival to finish)

*** Rosa Romero (pending arrival to finish)

General Classification (provisional*)

1st A. Van Beveren (6: 44.23)

2nd P. Quintanilla (+4.38)

3rd K. Benavides (+5: 00)

9th Gerard Farrés (+13.05)

21st Dani Oliveras (+51.07)

34th Marc Solà (+1: 56: 03)

*** Iván Cervantes (pending arrival to finish)

*** Rosa Romero (pending arrival to finish)

Next stage: San Juan de Marcona – San Juan de Marcona (Special: 330 km – Total: 444 km)

High resolution photographs from the stage: DAKAR 2018 – Action Photos

 

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Empresa multinacional especializada en la fabricación y comercialización de sistemas de generación de energía. HIMOINSA cuenta con ocho centros productivos en España, USA, Brasil, Argentina, Francia, India y China, y doce filiales comerciales en Argentina, Panamá, República Dominicana, Portugal, Angola, Reino Unido, Alemania, Polonia, Singapur, Dubái, Sudáfrica y Australia. Con más de 1.000 empleados, la compañía ha suministrado grupos electrógenos y torres de iluminación a importantes proyectos internacionales de los cinco continentes.

Este año, HIMOINSA se ha convertido en el Proveedor Oficial de Energía del Dakar. Sus grupos electrógenos dotarán de energía a los más de 10 bivouac montados durante el recorrido del rally.

Website: http://www.himoinsa.com/

 

Sobre YANMAR:

Con más de 16.000 empleados distribuidos en 130 países en todo el mundo, se ha dedicado a fabricar motores diésel desde 1912, con su constante filosofía de diseño; “más potencia y menos peso”. Yanmar ha introducido continuamente motores energéticamente eficientes, en un proceso constante de investigación, desarrollo e innovación. Es una marca globalmente reconocida, que fabrica motores diésel no sólo para el ocio y la náutica comercial, sino también para maquinaria agrícola, maquinaria de construcción, unidades de refrigeración y sistemas eléctricos de cogeneración.

Website: http://www.yanmar.com

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Epic stage by Gerard Farrés, on the hunt of the factory riders

STAGE 3: PISCO – SAN JUAN DE MARCONA (Special: 296 km – Total: 504)

 

  • The HIMOINSA Team rider (sixth on the stage) becomes the top Spanish rider in the overall bikes classification of Dakar, slotting into 12th place. He rode with the lead group in a stage where navigation made the difference between the favorites.

 

  • HIMOINSA Team survives yet another brutal test, keeping its five riders in the race.

 

 

San Juan de Marcona (Peru). Gerard Farrés dished out a spectacular performance in this third stage of the 2018 Dakar, in which the riders faced a 296 km long special, which ran totally off track through the Peruvian dunes and had some very complicated navigation as its main challenge.

The Spanish rider began to gain time from the first kilometers, to the point of catching up to the riders who started ahead of him, like the Chilean Cornejo (Honda), with whom he rode for a good part of the day. However, the Catalan clearly marked his territory in the second half of the special, where some of the favorites had serious navigation problems. But Farrés not only endured the pace of the best, he also clawed back more time to finish as the sixth fastest of the day and best private rider, right behind the almighty factory motorcycles of his rivals.

A stellar performance which makes the HIMOINSA Team rider the best Spanish in the overall motorcycles classification (twelfth) and makes another statement about Farreti’s enormous capacity manage a Dakar, even if many already consider it to be one of the toughest among the 40 disputed editions.

On the other hand, a very solid performance by the rest of the HIMOINSA Team members, again with all riders across the finish line, overcoming a few days which are being really selective and due to which many participants have spent the night lost in the dunes. Above all, the spectacular comeback by Dani Oliveras, who ended the day on the verge of the top 20, as well as the strength of the rest of the team components, overcoming the difficulties in this first big test of Dakar 2018.

Tomorrow, the HIMOINSA Team riders will face a new loop stage with start and finish in San Juan de Marcona, featuring the longest special in the Peruvian desert, with 330 km of timed section and the addition of a spectacular new format, departing in groups of 15 motorcycles (with Farrés in the first line), with the problems riding in traffic could entail and with some complicated navigation to reach the finish line.

Gerard Farrés (@gerardfarres): “Very happy with how things went today, because it was a very complicated day, with dunes and a lot of navigation, and some of the most important rivals made mistakes. But I had a good feeling, I felt strong and when I caught the Honda rider I knew I could ride with him and keep up the pace. The important thing for now is still not to make mistakes and stay close to the head of the race.”

Dani Oliveras (@danioliveras_21): “I think I rode a very good stage, in which I passed many riders and I had no problems, even if at times the dust made it very difficult to overtake the rivals. I’m happy, I’m feeling very comfortable with the bike and very confident in this terrain.”

Marc Solà (@marcsola34): “Today went very well, I did not make any mistakes and I felt very good on the bike despite riding alone almost all day. Despite that, I navigated very well. Pity that I lost some time in one of the refuelings because we arrived in a group. Now we have to think about tomorrow and see if we can continue with these good feelings to start increasing the pace.”

 

Classification: Stage 3 (provisional *)

1st S. Sunderland (3: 20.43)

2nd K. Benavides (+3.03)

3rd T. Price (+3.28)

6th Gerard Farrés (+05.08)

22nd Dani Oliveras (+16.59)

38th Iván Cervantes (+38.14)

42nd Marc Solà (+53.59)

82nd Rosa Romero (+1: 33.23 WP6)

 

General Classification (provisional *)

1st S. Sunderland (6: 44.23)

2nd K. Benavides (+4.38)

3rd P. Quintanilla (+5: 00)

12th Gerard Farrés (+13.31)

21º Iván Cervantes (+04.00)

28th Dani Oliveras (+53.05)

53rd Marc Solà (+1: 41.38)

*** Rosa Romero (pending arrival to finish)

 

Next stage: San Juan de Marcona – San Juan de Marcona (Special: 330 km – Total: 444 km)

 

High resolution photographs of the stage: DAKAR 2018 – Action Photos

 

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This year, HIMOINSA has become Dakar´s Official Energy Supplier. It´s electric generation systems will provide energy at the more than ten bivouacs set up along the Rally.

Website: http://www.himoinsa.com/

About YANMAR:

Yanmar is a Japan-headquartered manufacturer with a sales and service network operating in over  130 countries.

A pioneer in the production of diesel engines, Yanmar also manufactures agricultural and construction machinery, energy systems, marine products and components. With a global turnover of 655 billion yen in fiscal 2014, the organization employs over 17,000 people worldwide

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HIMOINSA Team kicks Dakar off with a good pace

  STAGE 1: LIMA – PISCO (Special: 31 km – Total: 273)

 

  • The HIMOINSA Team sets off in this 40th Edición of the Dakar Rally with the aim of improving on Gerard Farrés’ third place in 2017.
  • The HIMOINSA Racing Team riders overcome the rally’s first stage with no setbacks and a conservative approach.

 

 

Pisco (Peru). Dakar Rally is on! The HIMOINSA Team starts its engines at full power with the will to fight for glory in this new edition of the South American race.

Rosa Romero was the first to cross the Start Podium on a ceremonial day, followed by her four companions in a festive atmosphere which escorted them all the way to Pisco.

The action started with just the 31 kilometers of the first special stage, which was entirely off track with sand and technical terrain in the first dunes. It consisted of a loop departing and arriving at the same place, with a complicated section halfway through the special with high dunes and steep descents. The day went well for the HIMOINSA Team, with all riders across the finish line. The short stage was perfect for getting into the race pace after a long wait for all the riders since they arrived in Peru.

Released from the dreadful nervousness of the first stage, the race is already underway and will stay in Pisco for 2 days, as it will be another closed loop tomorrow with its departure and arrival in the vicinity of this beautiful Peruvian city.

Gerard Farrés (@gerardfarres): “First day of racing! Only 30 km but dangerous anyway. At km 10 I saw Joaquim Rodrigues being helped out, he’s out of the race. That made me take it even more carefully because in the off-piste, dangers are not as clear and are difficult to see. We have been able to test the bike in race conditions and I have not had any surprises, although the navigation has been very complicated, with tracks going everywhere. As always, I started with great caution, today I just wanted to get across the finish line, and that’s just what we did. We have not made mistakes and I think we are very well prepared for what is to come, but I am sure that we wil be surprised at some point, we will have to be very focused and cautious.”

Iván Cervantes (@IvanCervantes25): “Today we had a short special, but a long day in liaison kilometers. We left the Podium at Lima and rode 240Km along the Panamerican. The stage has been good for me, without mistakes. The whole route was on sand, without too many difficulties but with some very technical and tall dunes. I nailed the navigation, which today was not that easy, and above all, the sensations are good, we started well. We must keep pushing because we still have the whole race ahead of us. ”

Dani Oliveras (@danioliveras_21): “I was really eager to get started. This was not just an introduction stage, it required hard work, paying attention to the directions, as it was very easy to get lost. We also rode through some stepped out dunes, even some with two vertical steps, which were very delicate. I came across many disoriented riders, and the Sentinel went off several times to warn me that someone was coming head on towards me. I liked the stage, but I was very calm because it was very easy to make a mistake. ”

Rosa Romero (@RosaRomeroFont): “The worst day is out of the way! For me the first day is the worst of all because of the nerves at the start of the race. Today I took a weight off my shoulders because we are already done and without any issues. It was a very sandy start, but we had been warned, so I took it very calmly and I rode very well, without problems and at a good pace in a group with other rivals. The sun was really low, and visibility was not the best, which was another factor to complicate the stage. However, it was a good day, I am very happy. ”

Marc Solà (@marcsola34): “I finally started this Dakar with the HIMOINSA Team. We have been working all year and now it is time to reward them for the trust they have placed in me. Today I rode with great confidence, but very calm. The KTM worked phenomenally, and little by little it will increase my potential. I had trouble validating a waypoint, had to turn around and mark it correctly. I rode right by and by a few meters it didn’t validate. Nothing serious, but it is a sign that we have to be very focused from the beginning, the time to attack will come later on.”

Classification: Stage 1 (provisional*)

1st S. Sunderland (20:56)

2nd Van Beveren (+0.30)

3rd Quintanilla (+0: 55)

17th Gerard Farrés (+03.30)

21st Iván Cervantes (+04.00)

30th Dani Oliveras (+05.05)

53rd Marc Solà (+08.16)

69th Rosa Romero (+10.10)

 

Overall Classification (provisional*)

1st S. Sunderland (20:56)

2nd Van Beveren (+0.30)

3rd Quintanilla (+0: 55)

17th Gerard Farrés (+03.30)

21st Iván Cervantes (+04.00)

30th Dani Oliveras (+05.05)

53rd Marc Solà (+08.16)

69th Rosa Romero (+10.10)

 

Next stage: Pisco – Pisco (Special: 267 km – Total: 278 km)

High Resolution photography from the stage: DAKAR 2018 – Action Photos

 

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This year, HIMOINSA has become Dakar´s Official Energy Supplier. It´s electric generation systems will provide energy at the more than ten bivouacs set up along the Rally.

Website: http://www.himoinsa.com/

About YANMAR:

Yanmar is a Japan-headquartered manufacturer with a sales and service network operating in over  130 countries.

A pioneer in the production of diesel engines, Yanmar also manufactures agricultural and construction machinery, energy systems, marine products and components. With a global turnover of 655 billion yen in fiscal 2014, the organization employs over 17,000 people worldwide

Website: http://www.yanmar.com

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Gerard Farrés: “This will be my last Dakar on a bike”

 

  • The charismatic rider announces that this 2018 edition will be his last on two wheels, during an emotional event surrounded by his Dakar family.
  • Supported by the full HIMOINSA Team, he is eager to put up a good fight in his last participation aboard his KTM.
  • The Manlleu native opens the door to a possible future in the buggy category.

 

Lima (Peru). Gerard Farrés, the great Farreti, will hang his boots after Dakar 2018. He made the announcement alongside his Dakar family at the Las Palmas Military Base Auditorium, which is the temporary Dakar Rally 2018 headquarters for the days prior to the beginning of the competition.

In an emotional act, Farrés, one of the race’s main characters in recent years, has commented about his performance in “the race of a lifetime” and explained the reasons behind his decision: “I have been enjoying and fighting in this race for many years. As I always say, for me it has been more of a lifestyle rather than a race. I have suffered and enjoyed, and the third place we achieved last year was a dream come true, a real reward for my entire professional career. I could not ask for more. I think the end of a cycle has arrived and I have made the decision to stop and enjoy looking back at my success.”

Farrés thanked all his teammates and rivals for their affection, and announced his intentions for this 40th edition which is about to begin: “I am very eager to have a great Dakar this year and put a finishing touch to this stage of my professional career and my life. This race has given me everything and I will give it all I’ve got to say goodbye in style. We have prepared very well and we are confident in being able to ride a great Rally. That’s how I want to leave, being competitive and riding well. The whole team is very strong and we have come to put up a fight.”

As for his future, he says he wants to remain linked to Dakar and is looking to take some time to think and decide. “At the moment I just want to focus on each stage and fight every day from the start of the rally. Then I’ll rest and consider the future, but I am certain that I do not want to leave this wonderful family, so I’ll look for ways to continue, maybe on a buggy, but I really want to think it through calmly. I really want to continue experiencing new sensations in this race. ”

Accompanied on the track by Iván Cervantes, Dani Oliveras, Rosa Romero, Marc Solà and Miguel Puertas and by the rest of the HIMOINSA Team watching closely as one of the sport’s great characters says goodbye. Dakar will miss you, Farreti.

 

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This year, HIMOINSA has become Dakar´s Official Energy Supplier. It´s electric generation systems will provide energy at the more than ten bivouacs set up along the Rally.

Website: http://www.himoinsa.com/

About YANMAR:

Yanmar is a Japan-headquartered manufacturer with a sales and service network operating in over  130 countries.

A pioneer in the production of diesel engines, Yanmar also manufactures agricultural and construction machinery, energy systems, marine products and components. With a global turnover of 655 billion yen in fiscal 2014, the organization employs over 17,000 people worldwide

Website: http://www.yanmar.com