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Iván Cervantes al Dakar 2016 con el HIMOINSA Racing Team

  • El pentacampeón mundial de enduro y piloto KTM da su esperado salto al Dakar integrado en la estructura del Himoinsa Racing Team.
  • El equipo compuesto por Gerard Farrés, Antonio Gimeno y Rosa Romero se refuerza con Cervantes y Dani Oliveras como 5º piloto confirmado.
  • El equipo da un salto adelante y se posiciona al máximo nivel con el objetivo de estar en lo más alto del podio de Rosario.

14 de julio de 2015

Llegó el momento: Iván Cervantes se lanza al Dakar.

Años de calculada espera han concluido hoy en Murcia con la firma de Iván Cervantes como piloto Himoinsa para el próximo Dakar 2016. El estandarte del enduro español da por fin el paso hacia la prueba reina del Rally Raid confiando en el Himoinsa Team para afrontar su primera participación.

Perseverante, metódico y carismático, el piloto de KTM alcanza su objetivo vital tras años de éxitos en el enduro. Él mismo lo planeaba hace tiempo: “Quiero ganar varios mundiales en cada categoría y participar en el Dakar cuando esté realmente preparado”. Con 33 años, ha llegado su momento.

Con la ilusión del primerizo y las credenciales de su imponente palmarés, Iván Cervantes se enfrenta a su mayor reto deportivo 10 años después de ganar su primer mundial de enduro. Tras un año marcado por las lesiones, su ímpetu sigue intacto: “Sólo corro para hacerlo bien”. El equipo ha planificado un completo calendario de entrenamientos reforzando la parte de navegación y road-book para llegar en óptimas condiciones a la salida en Lima.

La estructura definitiva del equipo se completa con Dani Oliveras. La seguridad y templanza del joven piloto son la mejor garantía para el Himoinsa Team. Tras dos participaciones en el Dakar ha demostrado estar a un gran nivel y mejorar año tras año.

Así, el Himoinsa Team se presenta al Dakar 2016 con un sólido equipo de 5 pilotos en sus filas: a los experimentados Gerard Farrés, Antonio Gimeno y Rosa Romero se suma Iván Cervantes, un auténtico mito del Offroad internacional, y la joven promesa Dani Oliveras, con mucho potencial por delante. Dirigidos por el curtido Miguel Puertas y apoyados por un equipo técnico de primera línea, la estructura da un salto adelante posicionándose como uno de los equipos de referencia de este Dakar:

  • Antonio Gimeno (@antoniogimeno_): Finisher en el Dakar 2015, ha demostrado calidad de pilotaje y espíritu de equipo dentro del Himoinsa Team.
  • Rosa Romero (@RosaRomeroFont): Con una evolución constante, se ha convertido en una de las mujeres más sobresalientes de la carrera tras terminar la exigente edición 2015.
  • Gerard Farrés (@gerardfarres): Experimentado y rápido, es ya una institución en el Dakar con 8 participaciones.
  • Dani Oliveras (@danioliveras_21): Joven y templado, ya ha demostrado la solidez necesaria para obtener grandes resultados en esta prueba.
  • Iván Cervantes (@IvanCervantes25): Explosivo y calculador, va a por todas en su debut en la carrera.

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El Himoinsa Team se convierte de esta manera en un serio candidato a la victoria final con una estructura de primer nivel que aúna experiencia, velocidad y la ilusión de conseguir grandes retos.

Miguel Puertas, director deportivo de HIMOINSA Racing Team (@miguelpuertas58): “Estamos muy ilusionados con el plantel de pilotos que hemos logrado involucrar en el Himoinsa Racing Team. Tienen muchas ganas de constituir un equipo fuerte que sea la referencia de este Dakar. Con su ilusión y profesionalidad tenemos el potencial necesario para hacer un Dakar 2016 al máximo nivel. Trabajaremos para ello”.

Iván Cervantes, piloto HIMOINSA Racing Team (@IvanCervantes25): “Llevo muchos años preparándome para este momento, y por fin ha llegado. Llego al Himoinsa Racing Team con la ilusión de hacer un buen Dakar. Tras estos meses de parón por la lesión de rodilla, compaginaré mi actividad en el enduro con los entrenamientos específicos de navegación para llegar a la salida la máximo nivel”.

 Palmarés destacado de IVÁN CERVANTES (Cambrils, 1982)

  • Campeón del mundo de enduro E1, 2005
  • Campeón del mundo de enduro E1, 2006
  • Campeón del mundo de enduro E3, 2007
  • Campeón del mundo de enduro E3, 2009
  • Campeón del mundo de enduro Indoor FIM, 2009

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Gerard Farrés se une a HIMOINSA Racing Team

  • El acuerdo firmado hoy en la sede del equipo español en Murcia tiene una duración para los próximos tres años.
  • Gerard Farrés será uno de los cinco pilotos con los que HIMOINSA Racing Team presenta su candidatura para la carrera en la categoría de motos.

El equipo español HIMOINSA Racing Team tiene el placer de anunciar el fichaje del Gerard Farrés para las próximas tres temporadas, con el Dakar 2016 como primer gran objetivo.

Farrés formará parte de una nueva estructura de cinco pilotos en la categoría de motos, en la que Miguel Puertas cambia su rol y asume las funciones de director deportivo del equipo después de haber completado nueve participaciones en el Dakar como piloto oficial de HIMOINSA Racing Team.

Gerard Farrés será compañero de Antonio Gimeno y Rosa Romero, junto a otros dos pilotos que aún están por confirmar. El equipo afrontará un intenso programa de preparación previo al Dakar, para el que está previsto  la participación en varias pruebas de nivel nacional e internacional, como la Baja Aragón 2015, con el objetivo de llegar a la salida en Lima, el próximo 3 de enero de 2016, en las mejores condiciones posibles.

Miguel Puertas, director deportivo de HIMOINSA Racing Team (@miguelpuertas58): “El proyecto da este año un fundamental paso al frente con el objetivo de convertirse en el equipo privado de referencia del próximo Dakar. No cabe duda de que el fichaje de un piloto del nivel de Gerard Farrés nos aportará talento y experiencia fundamentales para conseguir la meta que nos hemos propuesto y para la que lucharemos como un equipo unido y en el que todos nuestros pilotos serán igual de importantes”.

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Gerard Farrés, piloto HIMOINSA Racing Team (@gerardfarres): “Estoy muy contento de poder anunciar mi compromiso para los próximos tres años con el equipo HIMOINSA Racing Team. La principal motivación para unirme a este proyecto ha sido el formar parte de un equipo en el que te sientes en familia y con el que tendré todas las garantías para poder volver a luchar entre los mejores en el próximo Dakar”.

Palmarés destacado de GERARD FARRÉS (Manresa, 1979)
•    Campeón del mundo de enduro 2000
•    Ganador de la Baja España 4 veces
•    Ocho participaciones en el Dakar: Mejor posición 7º (2012)

Sobre HIMOINSA Racing Team:
La aventura de HIMOINSA Racing Team en el Dakar comenzó hace una década con el patrocinio al piloto Miguel Puertas. Tras nueve participaciones con excelentes actuaciones, desde 2015 afrontan la carrera desde una nueva perspectiva y en 2016 formará equipo con cinco pilotos con el objetivo de luchar por las victorias en la próxima edición de la carrera más dura del mundo.

Antonio Gimeno

youth and talent to the dakarian race

Antonio Gimeno: “The Dakar Rally is not a football game of two halves”.

In 2011 he finished a commendable 46th. He is now returning as part of the HIMOINSA Team.

Antonio is the youngest member of the team and got his first motorbike aged eight. He works in the sales department of a motorcycle company, and is surrounded by bikes 24 hours a day. Antonio gradually immersed himself in racing, inspired by his family and friends who are all motorcycle fans. Gimeno started racing in motocross in 1995, moving on shortly after to enduro and then rallies. He fulfilled one of his dreams in 2011 (which his father had been unable to due to a lack of sponsorship), and took party in the hardest rally raid in the world. “It’s still just a competition but it’s one of the most popular and toughest events in the world, because of the number of days, the conditions etc. etc.. There are physical, personal and human factors at play. You become a better person, it’s an adventure. It’s not a football game of two halves, here you start early in the morning and might have a stage of anywhere between four hundred and eight hundred kilometres. There are different terrains, problems, sometimes it rains sometimes it doesn’t, it can get really hot, you can climb from sea level to 5,000 metres in just a short space of time, your bike can break down, you have to stop to help a team mate… It’s hard to predict what’s going to happen in the Dakar”.

The motard is a regular in the various races all year round and is taking part this year along with Rosa Romero. “Being part of the HIMOINSA Team is wonderful, and being on the same team as Rosa Romero and Miguel Puertas is a privilege. It’s so inspiring to be part of such a great team, and I’m going to push hard to make sure all three of us finish. It’s hard to say what you’re feeling when you’re racing as you’re so involved. When you’re racing you don’t admire the scenario as you’re focused on navigating, on the dangers, the bike etc… Your hobby becomes a job”.

This 36-year old father of two from Madrid will be one of the linchpins of the team, making sure they work together to improve the chances of all three drivers finishing the race.

Rosa Romero

Spirit champion for dakar

Rosa Romero: “I’ve been trapped overnight at 4,000 meters with no food and water in the Dakar Rally”.

Nani Roma’s wife will be taking part in the Dakar Rally for the fourth time and this year hopes to finish as part of the HIMOINSA Team.

Rosa is a mother of three and a telecoms technical engineer, although her real passion is motor sport. Rosa and her husband Nani Roma (two times Dakar winner) are one of the most loved and respected couples in sport. By day Rosa works for Naniracing and the Nani Roma Foundation. “It’s complicated. Nani’s a pro and I have to make sure I race separately to him and don’t affect his chances. It’s always been more of a disadvantage than an advantage, although he’s always tried to make sure I can take part in the Rally. This year he’s very happy that I’ve been able to join the HIMOINSA Team”.

She took part in her first Dakar in 2006 having idolised the Dakar riders since she was a young girl. But despite all her hard work, she has not made it to the finish line after three attempts. Dakar 2015 presents a new challenge for Rosa as a member of the new Spanish team, HIMOINSA Team. Her aim is clear: to finish on the podium and become the third Spanish woman in history to do so. “Dakar is a race where experience from previous years counts. Normally you think luck is the determining factor, but when you have to pullout, you analyse it coldly and you can see clearly where you’ve failed. I know what I needed to change for this edition and what I wanted to do differently. Just being part of the HIMOINSA Team, and especially being alongside Miguel Puertas and Antonio Gimeno, means I’ve achieved my aim”.

For the majority of amateur drivers just being able to raise enough resources to take part is a success. Rosa also has to balance her family, her job and her passion. “I’m an amateur, I have three children and I also work. I try to combine my hobby, training and being a mother, that’s the most complicated part. This means I have to be well-organised so I have time to be with my kids who are at that age where they really need their parents. I also try to find time for myself, if I don’t train then there’s no race”.

In the previous three editions Rosa also faced some extreme survival challenges. “The hardest part is having to abandon the race. So much happened to me last year, such as being trapped overnight at 4,000 meters with no food or water. That was really tough”.

Miguel Puertas y las medallas del Dakar.

Go for the 10th Dakar in a row

Miguel Puertas: “I want to complete 100,000km in one of the world’s toughest races”.

The Granada-born racer has completed the Dakar nine straight times and is on the cusp of unique feat.

Lieutenant colonel in the Spanish Air Force, Miguel Puertas was born in Granada, but moved to Murcia in 1987 to join the Spanish Air Force Academy, where he started his military career. He completed his training in the Spanish Air Force Academy as a lieutenant in 1992. Miguel is a combat fighter pilot with over 3,500 hours flying time in jets and experience at the controls of C-101, F5 and F18 aircraft. He was a member of the Patrulla Aguila, the Spanish Air Force’s aerobatic display team, for 10 years. “Aircraft require a different type of piloting. You are not stretched to the limit quite as much as in the Dakar. Accidents are normally fatal, so you get used to keeping everything under control. I’ve been able to apply my military experience to the Dakar. I can experience the risks and limits more closely”.

Puertas abandoned his first Dakar, in 2004, but has finished every one he has faced since then. Respected and appreciated by his fellow riders as one of the most reliable racers, he is about to make history with this year’s edition, etching his name and that of the HIMOINSA Team in gold letters for completing his 10th consecutive Dakar. “I have completed the Dakar nine times. To do this, you need luck at times when you are on the verge of quitting. There have been times when I’ve had both feet out of the raid, but have been able to go on and to finish. I have 90,000km under my belt and this year will make it to 100,000km in one of the world’s toughest races. This is a mark of stamina and perseverance that I want to reach. I want to give back to HIMOINSA what it has given me in all this time”.

The Granada rider has experienced moments that will long be remembered by Dakar professionals and fans alike. In the 2013 edition, Puertas had to tow his team partner at the time, Laia Sanz, for 320km, helping her to complete the stage and go on to win in the women’s category. This was not the first time Puertas showed his solidarity; a year earlier he towed Argentine racer Pablo Busin for 110 km. Despite these gestures, Miguel has also seen the ugliest part of the race. Last year, he was run over, literally, by French driver Roman Chabot’s buggy. The reckless driving of the Red Bull racer, who did not stop to help Puertas, could have ended his life. Puertas delivered another historical performance, completing his ninth consecutive Dakar with two torn ligaments in his shoulder.

 

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HIMOINSA Team en route for Buenos Aires

The support truck loaded with all the necessary materials and the motorbikes are travelling 1,700 km to the French port of Le Havre (France), where they will set sail for Buenos Aires, the last stop before the Dakar.

The 2015 Dakar officially gets underway on 3 January with the start podium, the presentation ceremony, outside the presidential palace “La Casa Rosada” but the teams and riders taking part in the blue ribbon event in the rallying calendar have already travelled thousands of kilometres to reach the starting line. They are currently on their way to the French port of Le Havre, where the motorcycles, materials and support truck will board the MV Grande Amburgo along with another 700 vehicles and set sail for the Euroamerica Port, located very close to Buenos Aires.

The support truck, with Manolo Díaz in charge, along with another vehicle pulling a trailer with the three motorcycles, supervised by team mechanic José Ruíz, left first thing in the morning from HIMOINSA’s main headquarters in Spain. Ahead are two destinations. The nearest, the French port of Le Havre in Haute Normandie, and the furthest, the port of Buenos Aires, where all the equipment required to take part in the Dakar will arrive around two weeks later. In total a trip of more than 12,700km, underlining what the riders have said so often; that the toughest challenge is reaching the starting line for the Dakar, an allusion to the gruelling work that has had to be done throughout the entire year of preparations including fine tuning the bikes, contacts with sponsors, etc. Upon arrival at the French port, the Dakar organisers will carry out various checks to ensure that everything is okay to start the journey to the toughest challenge in the rally raid world. Next, all the material must undergo stringent examination by the French customs authorities and, upon arrival, by their Argentine counterparts.

“The truck is essentially divided into three parts. The first is the workshop with a HYW-13 T5 13 kVa diesel generator powered by Yanmar, the heart of our maintenance set-up, which will provide us with energy, and a large capacity, high-pressure air compressor for removing dust from and cleaning the vehicles. This year we also have a 500-litre water tank with a machine that will enable us to thoroughly clean the vehicles; you can imagine just how dusty and dirty they get. The second section is a storage area, where everything is kept in hermetically sealed boxes to provide protecion from dust and classified as parts for the bikes and the truck. The third section will contain tyres, replacement engines, heavy tools, chassis, etc. Here everything is carefully organised so that we know precisely where to swiftly find whatever we need when required. At the moment the truck is in France, where we’ll encounter temperatures as low as -100, then we’ll be travelling on the boat, where they’ll suffer the effects of the weather, dampness and salt deposits, and to cap things off, it’ll be summertime and 400 when we dock in Buenos Aires,” says Manolo Díaz when we ask him about when we ask him about the materials that the support truck for the Dakar 2015 is transporting.

We tend to make the error of thinking that responsibility for whether or not the rider mounts the podium at the end of the Dakar lies solely with the motard, but if we are familiar with the dynamic and competition rules, we understand that the mechanics, support team and riders share this burden. “The support team can’t help the riders on the timed sections but it can on the link sections. Our mission is to attempt to support them on the link sections. When they enter the special section, we take another route and meet up again at the end of the special section. This is a critical point because they may have suffered a fall, a breakdown… and then they still have a 400-km link section. Like the riders, we are monitored by a navigator who registers everything, we have speed penalties. If we pass through a village where you have to travel at 60km/h and exceed this limit even by one kilometre, the rider is handed a twenty-minute penalty and fined 600 euros. If this happens three times you’re disqualified from the Dakar. You have to keep a very close eye on speed, travelling through the villages.. What often makes matters worse is that when you’re competing you’re going flat out, the terrain… but here you have to get used to the driving that you encounter in cities, villages … and that’s really dangerous. On these South American stages it’s in Argentina where you’re most frightened. People are so passionate about the event in this country and when you’re reaching the ends of the stages and approaching the cities, the crowds are huge and some people stand right beneath the truck to get a photo without you realising. At times it really does get a bit scary,” says Manolo Díaz, who this year will complete his twelfth Dakar, eleven of which have been with Miguel Puertas at his side. And now he is in charge of the entire back-up operation. When we ask him about the most spectacular areas of the Dakar, he replies that “there are two beautiful stretches of the Dakar, namely the Atacama Desert in Chile and the forest zone around Chilecito and Fiambala in Argentina. Both are truly spectacular.”

The next chapter in this adventure will be at the end of December, when the riders, support team and mechanics board a plane to Buenos Aires determined to ensure that the three riders successfully complete the Dakar.

El camión de asistencia listo para embarcar

Las motos y el camión de asistencia pasan la verificación

Vehículos del Dakar

Las motos protegidas

Foto de grupo en HIMOINSA

Team introduction

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.”

Rueda de prensa en HIMOINSA

Press Conference at HIMOINSA

 

Miguel Puertas atiende a los medios Antonio Gimeno en el photocall Rosa Romero entrevistada El equipo en HIMOINSA Headquarters Fran Gracia y los pilotos mirando la KTM 450 EXC Repasando aspectos técnicos Foto oficial de equipo Ambiente del auditorio En plena rueda de prensa Esperando en el auditorio de HIMOINSA Headquarters Miguel Puertas, piloto record

 

Francisco Gracia, (HIMOINSA Executive Director)

Miguel Puertas (HIMOINSA Team Rider )

Rosa Romero (HIMOINSA TeamRider )

Antonio Gimeno (HIMOINSA Team Rider )

 

 

 

 

 

 

SPOT HIMOINSA Team

Promotional video

Filmed in Southeast Africa.

After deciding to put together HIMOINSA Team, one of the first issues was to film a promotional video to present the team and its riders, while conveying the philosophy, values and modus operandi HIMOINSA Team wanted to transmit to the rest of the world.

HIMOINSA Team’s communication department started writing an audio-visual script that reflected the Non Stop energy of the riders competing in the gruelling race, as well as that of HIMOINSA as a company and its product range. “I wanted to divide the spot up into two parts. With the first, I wanted to illustrate each rider’s preliminary and internal concentration and meditation before taking part in the Dakar race. And with the second, I wanted to show the riders as a team. Through action, this part should show how tough it is to compete in a rally raid, in which they have to focus on driving and navigating at the same time” said Fran Sáez, the team’s press officer.  The choice of music was based on the different rhythm each part should have. In the end, an epic style was selected to mesh with the pictures used in the video.

For filming, the choice of venue was based on finding a rich landscape that was typical of rally raid. In the end, the decision was taken to go to Southeast Africa all the way to Hassilabied, near Merzouga, in Morocco. The Erg Chebbi dunes, the black desert and its environs provided the perfect backdrop. It is also the most popular place for motards to prepare for the Dakar. “The worst part was the dust and sand, but it was a luxury to have Dakar riders star in the video. The biggest takeaway for me was spending time with the team, the colours of the desert, the riders’ hard work and my fellow sufferer, Fran, who helped me through it all” said César Sánchez, a cameraman from audio-visual production company Séis70 when asked about his experience filming a presentation viedo for the Dakar team.

The final product was unveiled during HIMOINSA’s official presentation. Those who missed the event were able see the video on our web page, social networks or YouTube.

 

Medalla de Finisher

The Dakar´s medals

The Dakar finisher’s medal is the most coveted prize

 

When a sporting event is considered one of the most difficult to finish, similar to climbing Mount Everest or crossing the North or South pole, just making it to the last day, crossing the finishing line and standing on the podium become all the more important.

For instance, out of the 196 motorcycles that took part in the 2014 edition of Dakar, only 78 made it to the finishing line in Valparaíso, Chile. That’s just 38.77% of the participants. This illustrates just how hard this event is, with riders risking their lives at all times. For the 2015 edition, competitors in the motorbike/quad category will once again be faced with a nearly 9000 km journey over 14 days and 13 stages, including a marathon stage and a rest day. The rally ends in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on 17 January.

In what is the 37th edition of Dakar, our riders can expand their list of achievements considerably, setting new records. Granada-born Miguel Puertas, who has completed the Dakar nine times, is on the cusp of winning his 10th straight medal and remaining one of the most decorated pilots in Dakar history. Puertas has reached the end more than any other Spanish rider ever and ranks among the top five in the world. Meanwhile, Rosa Romero, from Catalonia, has raced the Dakar three times and had to abandon on all three occasions. She is anxiously awaiting the 2015 edition since belonging to a team enhances here chances of finishing greatly. This would place her among the top three all-time Spanish female riders. Antonio Gimeno’s first and only Dakar was in 2011, when he finished 46th. The Madrid rider wants to help his team mates reach these heights while keeping up his record of finishing each edition in which he has participated.

Participantes de este Año

Le Dakar, an indoor sport.

Before moving on to the real thing, a group of Dakar competitors have made the most of the theoretical explanations that were both detailed and tangible. The training course organized primarily for the newcomers is among the useful steps for a good preparation.

The Dakar drivers and crews are preparing to set off on a 9,000km journey on the roads and tracks of Argentina, Chile and Bolivia. All already have solid experience, most often on adventures in the heart of the desert and have the skills to find a solution for most mechanical situations. Nevertheless, for the first-timers on the event, the training courses held first in Paris then in Buenos Aires on November 15, are a very useful pre-event opportunity. Last Friday, 28 competitors made the trip to hear precious advice from Mathieu Baumel, who just recently won the Morocco Rally as Nasser Al-Attiyah’s co-driver. Among those present, Marc Meneghin, co-driver to Jean-Jacques Ratet in the rapid assistance vehicle for the lead Peugeot already at the end of the day recognized the expected benefits of this meeting: “To benefit from advice from experienced competitors is very much appreciated. They shared their know-how and offered a lot of advice that we now can’t wait to use there. I have taken part in other rallies but the Dakar is a whole lot different.”

The coexistence between minutely orchestrated teams and amateurs who choose to do it all themselves, especially for service, is a specificity of the Dakar. David Casteau knew better than anyone else the full range of problems encountered by the pure amateurs, before becoming a contender in the general classification. The Nice native, invited to share his experience, was particularly prolific with tips to avoid getting lost in the unusual daily life of the Dakar bivouac. This abundance of information will be useful to Laurent Moulin, who is entered without any assistance. “I have already participated in two rallies and I am about to ride in my first Dakar. I remember everything that I experienced previously but this is 100 times bigger here. You really get a sense that the steamroller is up and running”. For Laurent as for the others, there are some 10 weeks left to reach the level of the event.

Information source and photo: www.dakar.com