The Dakar Rally
TEAM HRC is all set for the fourth round of the FIM Cross Country Rally World Championship - the Desafio Ruta 40, which will be held in Argentina from 17-22 June.
The 2013 edition of the Desafio Ruta 40 heads out from San Salvador de Jujuy and will finish in San Juan some 3500km (2200 miles).
As one of South America's best-known and best-loved races, it is equally popular with all the top international rally riders, thanks to its range of varied terrain as well as for being the closest thing in the Cross Country Rally FIM calendar to what can be expected in the next Dakar 2014.
This will be an important test for TEAM HRC to see how well the riders are shaping up and bonding together, as well as being a great test-bench to fine-tune some of the technical modifications of the Honda CRF450 Rally machine.
The bike, still in its 2013 version, will be ridden by Portuguese Helder Rodrigues and local Argentine hero Javier Pizzolito.
Monday 17 June sees the first 540km, with 371km of special stage, taking the competitors from San Salvador de Jujuy to San Miguel de Tucuman.