|Dakar Rally2014 - preview - 04/01/2014|
Rosario played host today to the presentation of the official teams, with Honda and TEAM HRC introducing the team that will represent them in the 2014 edition of the Rally Dakar. With the administrative and technical checks out of the way, the teams can begin the competition tomorrow Sunday 5th January.
It will be the city center of Rosario, Argentina where the Rally Dakar 2014 sets out from, and where today the press conference and the presentation of the official Honda teams took place. Honda will be represented by; Honda Argentina Rally Team, with Argentinian rider Pablo ‘Cacha’ Rodriguez and Spanish rider Laia Sanz; Honda Racing Brazil Rally Team, including Brazilian Jean De Azevedo, as well as TEAM HRC, with Spaniard Joan Barreda, Portuguese riders Helder Rodrigues and Paulo Goncalves, Argentine Javier Pizzolito and British rider Sam Sunderland.
Also present at the event was the management team, with team director Katsumi Yamazaki and general manager Martino Bianchi, as well as vice-chairman of HRC, Shuhei Nakamoto; the Motorsports manager de Honda Motor, Hiroyuki Fujiwara; CEO of Honda Argentina, Nobuyuki Kaji and marketing manager of Honda Argentina, Federico Vahle, who stated, “The challenge and competitive spirit are two of main values of the Honda brand. As Honda Argentina, we cannot stay on the side-lines of such an event, especially one that takes place on home soil in Argentina”.
Yesterday saw the administrative checks and technical tests, before the first stage of the Rally Dakar 2014 sets out tomorrow at 04.20 hrs from Rosario in direction San Luís.
Sunday, January 5
STAGE 1: Rosario-San Luís (ARG)
Liaison: 629 km Special: 180 km Total: 809 km
Establishing their position
The competitors will wake up early to set off along the road in the region of Cordoba and start the race on some narrow tracks which will require the utmost vigilance. Each one will still be very fresh allowing them to tackle the stony sections or the blind jumps serenely. The competitors’ driving skills will be rewarded at the finish, where they will have already clocked up 800 kilometres. Although the gaps will not be significant at this stage of the race, it is nevertheless important to maintain their position in the part of the standings that they are aiming for!
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