And off we go…. In less than forty-eight hours, the Argentine air will reverberate to the chorus of motorcycle engines, as the Dakar Rally roars into life. Team HRC, meanwhile, has successfully passed the scrutineering that precedes the event.
The 2015 edition of the Rally Dakar will fire up on January 4, the day after tomorrow, with a first stage setting out from Buenos Aires and concluding in Villa Carlos Paz. These will be the first of more than 9,300 kilometres to be overcome before the race finally winds to a close. But first, prior to taking up positions on the starting-line, all administrative and technical checks had to be fully completed. Once the vehicles had been picked up from the port of Buenos Aires, it was straight off to the scrutineering for Team HRC’s riders, assistants and the Honda CRF450 RALLYs. All passed the obligatory inspections without any hitches.
The squad is good to go. And it should be too, after a 2014 season in which all components of Team HRC strove throughout training, testing and competitions to get to the event at the highest possible level. With just two days until the chronometer begins to adjudicate the fastest of the race, both riders and bike are now ready to roll.
Tomorrow, Saturday, sees the symbolic start of the 2015 edition of the Rally Dakar, which for the first time heads out from Casa Rosada – one of the best known spots in the country’s capital. In the morning, both Team HRC and Honda South America Rally Team, with all their riders, will be officially presented.
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