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Dakar: Honda To Compete With Motorcycle Factory Team

  Posted at 12:45:00 PM
  File under  Dakar Race Honda
  Author: Mike Werner
  Location: Normandy, France

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Since 23 years, Honda motorcycles has not competed officially in the famous Dakar Open link in a new window race. It had competed officially with a works team between 1981 until 1989, and won the race 5 times.

But now they're back! The official works Honda team, called Team HRC, includes the Portuguese veteran Helder Rodrigues Open link in a new window (3rd in the 2012 race) and Brazilian Felipe Zanol Open Felipe Zanol in a new window. The second team has British racer Sam Sunderland Open Sam Sunderland in a new window and Argentian Javier Pizzolito Open Javier Pizzolito in a new window.

The motorcycles used are based on the Honda CRF450XHonda CRF450X, but modified specially for the rally.

Honda CRF450X Dakar

Tetsuo Suzuki, President, Honda Racing Corporation, commented "The Dakar requires competitors to cover several hundred kilometers per day for more than two weeks. It needs a totally different type of vehicle from events such as motocross, trials and road races. Honda has put a great deal of effort into designing and building a powerful and winning machine. We are aiming for the championship from this first year."

It looks like Honda is going to try to give KTM a run for their money. KTM have been dominating the rally for 10 years now, but will Honda be able to compete against the legendary Cyril Despres and Marc Coma? We'll see next year when the race starts.

Via: Honda

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