Category AM (moped) – minimum age 16
Category A1 – minimum age 17
Category A2 – minimum age 19
With the technical and administrative ‘shake-down’ firmly behind them, the Monster Energy Honda Team have occupied the eve of the Dakar Rally engaged in various activities. With less than twelve hours to go until the event gets underway, riders were able to take a final breather before the start of the first special stage. The final free moments, both before and after the rider’s briefing, will be used to go over the roadbook in preparation for the 39 kilometre curtain-raiser. The riders also get one final opportunity to do gym and physiotherapy sessions to make sure they are in tip-top condition for the onslaught ahead.
The spirit of the Monster Energy Honda Team crew is buoyant and the group are particularly eager to get into the Paraguayan fray astride the Honda CRF450 RALLY bikes. Without the injured Kevin Benavides, the rider’s line-up consists of Joan Barreda, Paulo Gonçalves, Ricky Brabec and Michael Metge, all of whom will be busy doing last minute race analysis as the clock counts down towards offroad’s blue riband event.
Monday, January 2
STAGE 1: ASUNCIÓN – RESISTENCIA
SELECTIVE SECTOR 39 km TOTAL 454 km
START YOUR ENGINES!
It won’t be the distance that will preoccupy the competitors, but rather the tension that will accompany the opening days of competition. Everyone will have to be aware that an error on the technical tracks and even the trial-style sections early on could be costly. The tactic for the following day’s starting positions will also have its importance for the top contenders.