The Sealine Cross Country Rally is the second race of the FIM World Cross-Country Rallies Championship, as Team HRC and its three official riders ready themselves to defend the lead of reigning world champion Paulo Gonçalves. The action gets underway once again on Monday.
Once the administrative and technical checks are passed and out of the way, it’ll be down to business for the three Team HRC riders, Paulo Gonçalves, Hélder Rodrigues and Joan Barreda, with the first of the rally’s five stages setting off tomorrow morning from Losail. The Honda CRF450 RALLYs are once again fine-tuned and ready to face the performance demands required by the Qatar desert.
With only three previous outings, the Sealine now forms a part of the World Raids calendar, and includes one of the largest proportions of special compared to the race’s overall mileage: the course is made up of a total of 1912.95 kilometres, with 90.94% against the clock.
Team HRC goes into the second championship race with Portuguese rider Paulo Gonçalves, current world champion, and leader so far in the 2014 edition after a terrific win in Abu Dhabi; Joan Barreda, in third place in the event, as well as Portuguese Hélder Rodrigues, currently occupying seventh place.
Stage 1 – Losail-Losail
Liaison: 64.47km Special Stage: 164.18km Liaison: 2.21km
We have great pleasure in welcoming you to the desert landscapes of Qatar and we hope that our varied desert terrain of soft sand, of dunes, of hard and rocky terrain all provide suitable challenges for our FIA and FIM World Championship contenders and competitors over the five hard days… read more.
Losail International Race Circuit, Municipalidad de Al Daayen, Catar - View in Google Maps
|2017||Sam Sunderland (KTM)|
|2016||Sam Sunderland (KTM)|
|2015||Marc Coma (KTM)|
|2014||Joan Barreda (Honda)|
|2013||Marc Coma (KTM)|
|2012||Marc Coma (KTM)|