• The HIMOINSA Racing Team was present in the launch of Rally Dakar’s 40th edition, which took place in Barcelona.
• “Dakar’s Red Army” confirms its presence on the starting line of such a special edition with more ambition than ever after Gerard Farrés’ third place finish in 2017.
• Marc Coma has revealed the details of a race whose itinerary will live up to the expectations.
The 40th Edition of Dakar was presented today in Barcelona city. This annual meeting, framed within the “Dakar World Tour” by the organization, serves as a meeting point for all the Spanish competitors year after year. Despite having been brought forward a few weeks from the usual dates, still present was 2017’s third place finisher Gerard Farrés, joined by his teammates Iván Cervantes, Dani Oliveras, Rosa Romero and his team leader, Miguel Puertas. Absent due to personal reasons were Antonio Gimeno and Antonio Ramos, making up the rest of the team.
A few days ago the full itinerary of the next South American event was released, with Perú’s comeback and Paraguay’s exit as the main novelties. As of today, it was Marc Coma who emphasized on these details for the new edition of the race: 3 countries (Perú, Bolivia and Argentina), 3 legendary cities (Lima will host the start, La Paz the rest day and Córdoba the finish line), 14 days of competition, 1 marathon stage and 3 loop stages; the basic ingredients for a race which celebrates its birthday in better shape than ever.
As for the stages, five of them will run through Peruvian territory (the start will take place in Lima), four in Bolivia (with the rest day in its capital, La Paz) and five in Argentina, with the finish line in Córdoba.
The HIMOINSA Racing Team will be lined up at the start of this new edition on January the 6th, keeping up its ambitions of battling against the great official structures. After 40 years of adventures and challenges in Dakar, the HIMOINSA Team is already part of its history.
Gerard Farrés: “This meeting in Barcelona is always magical for me: the race companions, the new itinerary… it marks the real starting point towards next year. Marc has told us the details and it is a pity to leave Paraguay, its people are amazing and we all have great memories of that country. On the other hand, going back to Perú is great news. Also those first stages with so much sand will be good for us, it will be a demanding route from the start and I really like that. This year we are working really hard and will do many races to arrive to Lima in the best shape. It will be a spectacular year!”
Miguel Puertas: “We have been working since we got back from Dakar and we have set up a very complete season, training from the very first day. We are completing a calendar of races which will start at the coming Merzouga Rally, and which also contemplates training sessions and races in Morocco and some events in South America. We try to get better every year and that translates into the team’s great results. Gerard’s podium was historical and we are ambitious for next year. Iván Cervantes will spend the whole year working 100% focused on Rally, and that is great news for the whole team. The rest of the riders and team personnel are also plethoric and eager to attack this new season.”
DAKAR 2018 STAGES
Stage 1: Lima – Pisco – January 6th
Stage 2: Pisco – Pisco – January 7th
Stage 3: Pisco – Marcona – January 8th
Stage 4: Marcona – Marcona – January 9th
Stage 5: Marcona – Arequipa – January 10th
Stage 6: Arequipa – La Paz – January 11th
Rest Day La Paz – January 12th
Stage 7: La Paz – Uyuni – January 13th
Stage 8: Uyuni – Tupiza – January 14th
Stage 9: Tupiza – Salta – January 15th
Stage 10: Salta – Belén – January 16th
Stage 11: Belén – Chilecito – January 17th
Stage 12: Chilecito – San Juan – January 18th
Stage 13: San Juan – Córdoba – January 19th
Stage 14: Córdoba – Córdoba – January 20th
HIMOINSA RACING TEAM
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