Honda had its own glory days at the Paris Dakar Rally when riders like Cyril Neveu, Edi Orioli and and Gilles Lalay took the Japanese manufacturer to victory in 1982, 1986, 1987, 1988 and 1989. But Honda pulled out of the event- only to be back after 24 years in 2013 where it enjoyed reasonable success on the prototype CRF450 Rally.
The 2014 of the Dakar Edition starts in January next year and Team HRC have unveiled the 2014 Honda Dakar Rally Motorcycle as its answer to the challenges set by arguably the toughest endurance race in the world. The new 2014 CRF450 Rally is an improved outcome of the data generated from all performance areas of the 2013 prototype and was used for further enhancement and design changes, but retained the PGM-Fi that showed proven performance in the harsh and demanding environment of the Dakar Rally.
Honda has already announced it’s five riders for the 2014 season viz. Paulo Goncalves (Portugal, 34), Helder Rodrigues (Portugal, 34), Javier Pizzolito (Argentina, 33), Joan Barreda (Spain, 29) and Sam Sunderland (United Kingdom, 24). These five riders will be putting the 2014 Honda Dakar Rally Motorcycle to the paces at the 2013 Morocco Rally that starts from 13th October 2013.
The Morocco Rally would provide Honda with real rally conditions, data from which would be used to further enhance and refine the motorcycle for the big event next year. What sort of challenge the new Honda puts across to the ruling Orange machines- we’re as eager to know as you are!
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