The COVID-19 pandemic has caused major upheavals throughout the world and wreaked havoc with racing schedules everywhere. Nevertheless, the current situation has allowed the entire Monster Energy Honda Team to come together once more for the first event since the successful 2020 Dakar campaign.
More than eight months after triumphing in the 2020 Dakar Rally, Monster Energy Honda Team is back in action. The FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship calendar has now been rescheduled following the suspension of all racing events this year. The organization of the Rally de Marruecos has been relocated. Now, the only event scheduled in the racing calendar prior to the 2021 Dakar will be the Andalucia Rally, to be held in Spain.
The Andalucia Rally will thus become the only international race in which the Monster Energy Honda Team riders get to measure up their strengths against rivals. The event takes place over five days: one Super Special that will be held on October 6, plus four special stages, with a total route of 1,354 kilometres to be tackled, 1000 of which will be against the clock. The various special stages will take place across the provinces of Cádiz and Seville. The race, however, will not be open to the public and participants will have to comply with strict anti-COVID-19 regulations. The teams will first have to overcome the technical shakedown on October 5.
Honda’s number one
Furthermore, the Monster Energy Honda Team is very pleased to be able to count on the current Dakar champion Ricky Brabec once again, who will line up alongside the current holder of the most Dakar stage wins, Joan Barreda. Both have reinforced their relationship with Honda this year and will join Kevin Benavides and Nacho Cornejo, the team that displayed such strength in the previous season.
Brabec will face a fourth race in 2020, after having won the previous three: the Dakar, the Sonora Rally and the Vegas to Reno. Ricky will race the Andalucia Rally with the number 1 on his Honda CRF450 RALLY. The other riders will be even more eager to get the event underway after not racing since the Dakar concluded in Saudi Arabia on January 17.