- HIMOINSA Racing Team shows up to the African race with Iván Cervantes, Dani Oliveras, Rosa Romero and Marc Solà.
- Gerard Farrés finally decides to withdraw in order to continue with the recovery of his knee after suffering some discomfort in the Baja Inka.
- The Panafrica Rally will be held in Morocco from September 23rd to the 30th.
Bareli stopping to take a breath after Inka Baja in Peru, the HIMOINSA Team sets out for Morocco to face one of the key events for the team this season: Panafrica Rally. With 6 days of competition, 2000 timed kilometres as well as plenty of sand and navigation in each stage, this race has become one of the most attractive tests to prepare for 2018 Dakar.
The spanish team travels to the Moroccan town of Erfoud with most of its structure, with the intention of testing its technical and human resources in racing conditions. Ivan Cervantes will be on the starting line, already almost recovered from his collarbone fracture from Baja Aragon, alongside Dani Oliveras, Rosa Romero and Marc Solà. The breaking news is the withdrawal of Gerard Farrés, who after participating a few days ago in the Baja Inka Paracas 1000, is forced to slow down his transition into racing to ensure a full recovery from his knee injury. The medical crew has advised the rider to slow things down and continue with his recovery away from the stress of competition after having had discomfort in Peru.
As for the racing side of things, the riders will get their first taste of Morocco on Sunday the 24th with the Prologue, followed by 5 loop stages with their start and finish line located near Hotel Xaluca, in Erfoud. An important milestone in the race will be the Marathon Stage, which will take place between the 2nd and 3rd day of racing, yet another incentive to participate in this interesting event.
After months of intense work, the HIMOINSA Racing Team enters the final stretch of its preparation for Dakar with the aim of improving on the third place obtained by Farrés in the 2017 edition.
Iván Cervantes (@IvanCervantes25): “I am very happy to compete again after the collarbone injury. I have rode many kilometres on the bike and I feel great, with no discomfort and eager to continue training hard. I’m picking up the pace on the KTM 450 Rally and Panafrica will be perfect to get back on the race pace, fine tuning navigation and remembering the Rally routines. I really want to work with the HIMOINSA Team, this race is the beginning of the countdown to 2018 Dakar and we have to fight very hard for the next three months.“
Dani Oliveras (@danioliveras_21): “I arrive to Panafrica full of excitement. We have been training in Morocco for the past month and getting back to racing is very important to back up the conclusions we have come to. The last race was Merzouga Rally, and we have made a lot of progress, so we want to see where we are now. My goal is the usual for me: to race my own race, set my own pace, but giving it my best to not make any mistakes. I usually focus on it as a workout, but riding at race pace to see where we are. It will be a great rally.”
Rosa Romero (@RosaRomeroFont): “This is my second participation in Panafrica and it’s a race I was looking forward to race again. For me it is a very important week because it will be a great opportunity to race on sand, through lots of dunes and plenty of navigation, which will be just what we will face in Peru at the start of Dakar, so there is no better opportunity to get ready. This year I will participate on a KTM 450 Enduro equipped with a Rallty Kit, lighter and more agile, I’m sure I’ll be very comfortable on it. Physically I am a bit bruised after a little crash last week, but I’m sure that once I start the competition I will be able to focus and attack.
Marc Solà (@marcsola34): “For me it is the first race with navigation on the HIMOINSA team, it will be very interesting to work with my teammates on this important aspect which is decisive in Dakar. It will be my first participation in Panafrica, I have very good references of this race and lots of energy to go race. My goal is to keep learning and racking up the kilometres on the KTM, so I don’t have a result in mind but I will push as hard as I can without taking unnecessary risks. The team wants to arrive to Dakar in the best conditions as we enter the final stretch, these kilometers on sand will be crucial for all of us.”
Gerard Farrés (@gerardfarres): “We have been working very hard and we always try our best, but sometimes common sense forces us keep calm and this is one of those times. I have just returned from Peru and the truth is that I have not been at 100% in the Baja Inka. In addition, the discomfort that I have felt in the knee has encouraged us to make the decision not to compete in Panafrica to make sure that all the recovery work we have done so far will pay off. It is really frustrating because it is a race where I wanted to be with my teammates, but it is more reasonable to sit this out, so I will try to support them to the fullest and I will continue working from home to be fully recovered for Dakar. Thank you all for your encouragement, and we will be back to twisting the throttle when I’m back at 100%.”
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