Team HRC Rally head off to participate in the second event of the season after the Merzouga Rally: the Desafío Ruta 40, scheduled from Sunday, June 19 until Thursday, June 23 in Argentina.
Joan Barreda, Paulo Gonçalves and Michael Metge, along with Argentinean Kevin Benavides will be the riders who line up for Team HRC, as the rally season gets underway with the Desafío Ruta 40.
This will be the first time in 2016 that Barreda, Gonçalves and Metge get to do the Team HRC livery together since the Dakar finished in January. After some testing with the team, the time has arrived to get some serious competition mileage under the belt and begin to set up the Honda CRF450 RALLY prior to rally’s blue riband event next year: the Dakar 2017.
Local boy Benavides is already on cracking form after winning the Merzouga Rally and participating in the third round of the FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship in Sardinia. The rally on the Italian island saw the rider take sixth place after a hard learning experience with two weeks of particularly tough navigation. Benavides will be sporting the number one on the fairing of his CRF450 RALLY.
The race gets underway in San Rafael on the 19th once the technical and administrative tests are out of the way on the 17th. The rally winds up in Rioja after covering some 2887 kilometres, 1748 of which will be timed special stages.
The Desafio Ruta 40, gets installed in the global sporting context as a premium brand. More than a simple velocity race, like every Cross Country Rally, the Desafio Ruta 40 is an adventure that requires competitors other capacities that goes beyond speed to reach the goal faster. Desafio Ruta 40… read more.
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