The final obstacle before the first stage of the 2019 Dakar Rally has been overcome. Monster Energy Honda Team is now officially in the race after getting through the verifications on Saturday in Lima.
After an entire season preparing for the Dakar, Monster Energy Honda Team are all set for the big showdown. A lot of water has flown under the bridge since Kevin Benavides lifted the runner-up trophy in the 2018 edition, but the team is fighting fit and fully present for the start of the 41st edition which gets underway with a ceremonial starting ramp in Lima tomorrow and Monday’s first full stage from the Peruvian capital to Pisco.
Kevin Benavides completed the verifications successfully alongside team-mates Joan Barreda, Paulo Gonçalves, Ricky Brabec and José Ignacio Cornejo. The five official factory riders of the Monster Energy Honda Team now have their verification cards fully stamped and are poised to undertake the great challenge.
On Monday, January 7th, the first real stage of the 2019 Dakar Rally starts out on a route from Lima to Pisco, including just 84 kilometres against the clock, out of a total course of 332 kilometres. The first rider to tackle the special sets off at 09:30, Peruvian time.