Miguel Puertas, Rosa Romero and Antonio Gimeno, HIMOINSA Team riders.
Uncertainty unveiled! The Raid rally team, participating in the Dakar 2015, presents its riders.
The KTM 450 EXC is the bike chosen for this adventure. A Scania R420 6×6 TT truck with T5 setup will assist the motards. Two mechanics and a driver complete the HIMOINSA Team.
With less than two months to go before the start of the toughest Rally Raid on the planet, Dakar 2015, Team HIMOINSA was presented to both the media and special guests at the official project début, held at HIMOINSA’s main facilities in Spain, a Spanish multinational company specialised in the manufacturing and marketing of power generation systems.
The day started with an exhibition in the auditorium hall of the nine Dakar finisher medals won by Miguel Puertas. Along with the medals, the official uniform that the team will be wearing in the Dakar rally and two symbolic pictures of the riders were on display guarding the entrance to the auditorium. A few minutes after the scheduled time the presentation began with the première of the official HIMOINSA Team video recorded in south-eastern Morocco, in the area of the Erg Chebbi dunes.
After which a press conference was held, starting with some words from HIMOINSA executive director, Francisco Gracia, focusing on the determining factors that have led to the Spanish multinational continuing with its commitment to the Dakar rally, this year promoting the creation of a full team, with three motorcycle riders. “We want to break onto the scene strongly with a leading team and make our début at Dakar 2015 with all our motards becoming finishers, reaching the podium in Buenos Aires. I also want to thank international companies Yanmar and Vision Advisors for wanting to embark on this journey with us.”
Miguel Puertas, sporting director and rider took the reins of the presentation by listing one by one the details that make up this ambitious project. In addition, the rider from Granada faces a sporting challenge that few have been able to manage in the history of the competition: Ending tenth consecutive Dakar rallies. “I have finished nine Dakars. To achieve this you need good luck to be with you at times when you come very close to having to retire. I have had experiences where I had both feet off the raid and I have been able to continue and finish. So far, I have clocked up 90,000 km, this year the plan is to successfully complete 100,000 km at one of the toughest events in the world. It is an image of strength and perseverance, I want to achieve it. I want to give back to HIMOINSA what they have given to me over this time.”
One of the new faces to join the team is the Catalan rider, Rosa Romero. The rider, wife of two-time Dakar winner Nani Roma, is one of the few women who dare to participate in this event, a cross between motor sport and extreme adventure. Rosa, who had previously participated on three occasions without managing to finish, is a clear example of what the HIMOINSA Team wants to represent. “It’s complicated. Nani experiences it from a professional point of view and I have to try to make sure that my race is separate from his and cannot have any negative impact on him. It has always been more of a drawback than an advantage in my favour, though he has always tried to make sure I am able to race at Dakar. This year he is very happy that I was able to join the HIMOINSA Team.”
The rider who completes this trio of motards is Antonio Gimeno. The rider from Madrid makes his return to a trial in which he participated in 2011, achieving a successful 46th place. “For me, being part of the HIMOINSA Team is outstanding; to be on the same team as Rosa Romero and Miguel Puertas is a privilege. To be part of such an exciting project motivates me to push hard to ensure that all three of us reach the end of this rally.”
Francisco Gracia, (HIMOINSA Executive Director)
Miguel Puertas (HIMOINSA Team Rider )
Rosa Romero (HIMOINSA TeamRider )
Antonio Gimeno (HIMOINSA Team Rider )