MONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM RETURNS TO ACTION AT THE BAJA ARAGÓN

The Baja Aragón – one of Europe’s legendary offroad races – kicks off this week with the Monster Energy Honda Team poised to enter the fray. Incumbent champion Joan Barreda lines up alongside French team-mate Michael Metge, third in last year’s edition. Monster Energy Honda Team return once again to the action. After taking part in the first two FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship events in Abu Dhabi and Qatar earlier this year, the team now get the summer stint underway in what could prove to be a decisive period of preparation...

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FIVE-TIME DAKAR CHAMPION CYRIL DESPRES ON HOW TRAGEDY SPURRED ON HIS CHARITABLE FOUNDATION

Five-time Dakar winner on how tragedy spawned his charitable foundation. Cyril Despres has become synonymous with the Dakar Rally as a result of his five victories in the motorbike event but his effect on Senegal is infinitely more profound. While each year Despres has aspirations to taste Dakar glory, he has wider aspirations too in the Senegalese capital with a school in memory of a friend and rival who lost his life at the event...

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ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING RALLY TEAM MOUNT CHALLENGE FOR FIM WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE

The Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Rally Team go to the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge, the first round of the 2017 FIM Cross Country Rally World Championship well prepared to defend the brand’s 2016 world title. Pablo Quintanilla of Chile rides with the number one plate as he launches his bid to defend his title. Teammate Pela Renet is also out to deliver...

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MONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM'S RICKY BRABEC WINS THE SONORA RALLY

The Monster Energy Honda Team’s campaign is off and running! The Sonora Rally, disputed in the Mexican desert, was the race of choice for a team eager to get the rally season underway in a year with very high expectations. After making it through the tests and technical scrutineering, the Honda CRF450 RALLY emblazoned with the number three of Ricky Brabec, set off on a four-stage 1318 kilometre rally. The first half of the rally was battled out between Punta Peñasco and Puerto Libertad, with various timed special stages...

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THE 2017 DAKAR - SAM SUNDERLAND LEADS
THREE-WAY PODIUM FOR KTM

Sam Sunderland and Matthias Walkner not only succeeded in taking the top two spots, but also to complete the rally for the first time. Both had retired injured in earlier editions. Sunderland went into the final swift 64 km timed special with 33-minute advantage on his KTM 450 RALLY and the task of holding his nerve and getting the job done. He completed the stage in a comfortable sixth place and sacrificed only a couple of minutes. After almost 9,000 km through Paraguay, Bolivia and Argentina, he topped the overall timesheets with a total time of 32:06.22 hours....

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THE 2017 DAKAR - STAGE 11 REPORT

Once again on top form, Joan Barreda picked up his 4th stage victory but will not be able to prevent Sam Sunderland from winning his first title on the Dakar tomorrow. Red Bull KTM factory rider duo Sam Sunderland and Matthias Walkner wrapped up the penultimate stage of the very tough Dakar Rally on Friday and head for the finish line in Buenos Aires on Saturday in overall 1-2. With just one short timed special left, it will be a remarkable achievement for these riders to reach the finish in top positions. Both are hoping for a career first – to be at the finish line...

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THE 2017 DAKAR - STAGE 10 REPORT

A third victory for Joan Barreda. Monster Energy Honda Team has now won half the stages of the Dakar 2017. The natural disasters of two days ago in Jujuy and the cancellation of the ninth stage yesterday are now history and today the Dakar Rally was back on its scheduled route. In the suffocating regions of La Rioja and San Juan, the Monster Energy Honda Team grabbed the glory with a stage win. The Dakar got back to relative ‘normality’ with a full-length stage, free from diversions or detours. The 449 kilometers against the clock on the route from Chilecito-San Juan turned out...

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THE 2017 DAKAR - STAGE 9 CANCELLED DUE TO FLOODING


THE 2017 DAKAR - STAGE 8 REPORT

A second stage triumph for Joan Barreda who commanded from start to finish in both specials of the Rally Dakar 2017 eighth stage. The Monster Energy Honda Team once again gave a master class in a race hampered by the weather. Stage eight of the Rally Dakar 2017, the second leg of the two-day marathon stage which set off yesterday from La Paz bound for Uyuni, was shortened by 72 kilometres due to a flooded river crossing in Bolivia. The day was split into two timed-sections...

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THE 2017 DAKAR - STAGE 7 REPORT

The Monster Energy Honda Team is going all out in the battle for the Rally Dakar 2017 as the squad posts their best podium finish to date. Today, Ricky Brabec picked up top honors for the first time in the rally, with team-mate Paulo Gonçalves taking second spot. In third, Sam Sunderland did all that was necessary to limit the damage and even increased his lead in the general standings over Pablo Quintanilla....

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THE 2017 DAKAR - STAGE 6 CANCELLED
REST DAY REPORT

Due to severe flooding stage 6 of has been cancelled. Riders enjoyed a rest day on Sunday and are now preparing for stage 7. Riders finally get a well-deserved rest day in La Paz, Bolivia and the chance to recharge the batteries as well as making preparations for the decisive coming week at the Dakar. There were sessions with the physiotherapist too as the competitors look to keep their bodies in tiptop shape. Some just took the chance to hang out and relax...

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THE 2017 DAKAR - STAGE 5 REPORT

Sam Sunderland finished ahead of Paulo Goncalves of Portugal and French rider Adrien Van Beveren, who were just 22 seconds apart. The day was another game changer following the drama in Stage 4 when Toby Price, last year’s winner crashed and retired with a broken leg and Joan Barreda, the overall leader picked up a one-hour penalty. Sunderland now has a 12-minute advantage in the overall standings over...

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THE 2017 DAKAR - STAGE 4 REPORT (UPDATED)

Joan Barreda emerged victorious thanks to a great tactical display in the third stage of the Rally Dakar 2017. The Spanish rider from the Monster Honda Energy Team stormed to an overwhelming victory and tops the general rankings in the process. The Spaniard rode the Honda CRF450 RALLY at a blistering pace, with flawless navigation, to romp home with a massive surplus over the pursuing pack.
(Dakar officials have handed a one hour penalty to Monster Honda Energy Team's Joan Barreda who missed a way point on today's stage)

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THE 2017 DAKAR - STAGE 3 REPORT

Joan Barreda emerged victorious thanks to a great tactical display in the third stage of the Rally Dakar 2017. The Spanish rider from the Monster Honda Energy Team stormed to an overwhelming victory and tops the general rankings in the process. The Spaniard rode the Honda CRF450 RALLY at a blistering pace, with flawless navigation, to romp home with a massive surplus over the pursuing pack. In addition to the day’s first prize ‘Bang Bang’ now commands at the top of the overall standings...

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THE 2017 DAKAR - STAGE 2 REPORT

Toby Price took advantage of the 275-km long special to let his speed do the talking and pick up a very convincing win in San Miguel de Tucuman. With a lead of more than three minutes over his nearest pursuers, the winner in 2016 has a solid advantage in the general standings. While the competitors are now in a country well known to the Dakar as they visit Argentina for the 9th consecutive year, the region of Chaco had not yet been explored by the rally. The participants discovered narrow tracks which kicked up plenty of dust in a setting reminiscent of the African Savannah...

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THE 2017 DAKAR - STAGE 1 REPORT

What a performance from Xavier de Soultrait! After withdrawing in 2016, he quite simply grabbed his first special stage victory ahead of two other outsiders, Juan Pedrero (Sherco) and Ricky Brabec (Honda). However, the Frenchman exceeded the speed limit on the link stage and is likely to receive a penalty which will put Pedrero at the top of the general standings. Michael Metge completed the day's Top 4, while Joan Barreda grabbed the 7th best time despite a problem in a ford. In the quad race, Marcelo Medeiros was victorious with a lead of more than one minute...

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KTM FACTORY RIDERS TAKE ON CHALLENGE OF DAKAR RALLY 2017

KTM heads to Paraguay for the start of the 38th edition of the mighty Dakar Rally on January 2 with a strong lineup of four factory riders. Their task is clearly defined: they must be ready to take on the daunting challenge of winning the Austrian brand’s 16th title in a race over 9000 km that organizers have promised will be one of the toughest yet. The motorcycle category has been safe in KTM’s hands since 2001…

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INTERVIEW – DAKAR RACER RICKY BRABEC

It has been an intense career so far for young Ricky Brabec who was signed for his first Dakar Rally at just 24 years of age. The American, does however, have a lengthy list of titles to back him up. The youth from the U.S. had his best season to date in 2014, when he achieved the three most prestigious titles in desert racing: the Hare & Hound, Best in the Desert and SCORE, collecting the Baja 1000, Baja 500 and the Baja 250. Such impressive honors didn’t go unnoticed to Team HRC who scouted Brabec before inviting him to take part in the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge in early 2015…

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KEVIN BENAVIDES INJURED AHEAD OF THE DAKAR

Monster Energy Honda Team’s Argentinean rider Kevin Benavides has suffered an injury in training that rules him out of the imminent Rally Dakar 2017. This week, Kevin Benavides, fourth in his Dakar debut last year, had relocated to the Atacama region in Chile to complete the final pre-Dakar training program before the 39th edition of the rally kicks off in the Paraguayan capital, Asunción, on January 2nd…

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MATTHIAS WALKNER INTERVIEW: RACING FOR THE ORANGE FAMILY

Living within an hour’s drive of KTM’s headquarters, Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Racing Team’s Matthias Walkner is Austria’s next big thing in international rally competition. A member of the KTM family for more than a decade, the 30-year-old rider from Salzburg enters his third Dakar Rally knowing he has what it takes to battle for the top…

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ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING TEAM — READY FOR DAKAR RALLY

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Team riders Pablo Quintanilla and Pela Renet are ready to take on the 39th running of the Dakar Rally – the world’s most iconic rally raid event, which kicks of in Asunción, Paraguay on January 2. Together with experienced former racer turned rider consultant Ruben Faria, Quintanilla and Renet will take on...

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KTM EXTENDS CONTRACTS WITH PRICE & SUNDERLAND AS RALLY TEAM HEADS TO DAKAR

KTM Motorsports has also confirmed that Toby Price and Sam Sunderland to remain with the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team until the end of the 2019 season. The Australian Toby Price, winner of the 2016 Dakar Rally, said he was “really excited and stoked to be staying with the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team until the end of 2019.” Price: “It’s going to be the best thing for me so I can just concentrate...

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MONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM CELEBRATES ‘DAKAR DAY’

The revamped Monster Energy Honda Team has given the world’s media a first glimpse of its new structure at ‘Dakar Day’ held in the H.I.S. Honda factory installations in Spain, where the team’s new headquarters are now based. The rain came along for the ride at the Monster Energy Honda Team press presentation, but this did little to quell the enthusiasm of the numerous attendees in the final event...

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THE 2017 WR450F RALLY IS SET FOR DAKAR CHALLENGE

On the 2nd of January 2017, the Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team will leave the start line for stage one of the 2017 Dakar Rally. Onboard the 2017 WR450F Rally, riders Helder Rodriguez, Adrien van Beveren, Alessandro Botturi and Rodney Fagotter will make the start from Asuncíon in Paraguay for the first time, before continuing through Bolivia and ending, on the 14th January, in Buenos Aires, Argentina...

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MONSTER ENERGY JOINS FORCES WITH TEAM HRC TO FACE THE RALLY DAKAR

Honda Racing Corporation takes great pleasure in welcoming Monster Energy – producer of energy drinks – to the ranks of the official Honda HRC Rally Team. Milan’s Spazio Davide Campari today hosted the official presentation of all the brand new 2017 Honda models. Also unveiled were the new HRC teams set to compete in the various motorcycle disciplines: MotoGP, MXGP, Trial and Rally. The event’s big news was the announcement of energy drink-maker Monster Energy as the Rally team...

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MOROCCO RALLY CONCLUDES WITH STAGE 5 AND A WORLD CHAMPION IS CROWNED

Toby Price closes the season with a win in Morocco and Pablo Quintanilla wins the FIM Cross Country Rallies World Championship. Matthias Walkner, the third in the trio of KTM factory riders made an excellent recovery from a mistake early in the week and finished on a high note. After winning the fourth stage, Walkner, from Austria, opened the track on the final day and led throughout the stage. The Morocco Rally also decided the world championship title that finally went to Pablo Quintanilla...

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