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'Bang Bang' Barreda, Star Of The Dakar Presentation In Spain
Posted by: newsla on May 14, 2014 - 04:24 PM
WRC Rally News 2010
'Bang Bang' Barreda, Star Of The Dakar Presentation In Spain

It was Team HRC and Honda CRF450 RALLY rider Joan Barreda who took centre-stage in the presentation of the Rally Dakar 2015 in Barcelona, as the Dakar Tour made its stop-off in Spain.


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Team HRC rider Joan Barreda, currently leading the World Cross-Country Rally Championship, and winner of the most stages in the last Dakar, was once again in the limelight. This time the rider was in the glare of the cameras and media for the presentation of the 2015 edition of the Dakar held in the magic mountain of Montjuïc of the Catalan capital. Likewise, his Honda CRF450 RALLY was grabbing almost as much attention as the rider from Torreblanca himself.

Team HRC is taking time off from its programme of World Rally Raids to attend some of the most important events in the build-up to the main challenge: the Dakar. The Spanish presentation is one of the key dates in the ASO, just days ahead of the opening of the race’s registration period.

The presentation of the Dakar 2015 edition was in the hands of Xavier Gavory, head of participants service at the Rally Dakar, who outlined the key aspects of the race. Since last March’s previous presentation in Paris, the stages have now been defined, as well as other important aspects including the marathon stage, the differences of route for bikes and cars, and the motorcycle rest-day, which unlike that of the other vehicles, will take place in Iquique, Chile.

Joan Barreda Team HRC
We are hoping that it will be a Dakar in line with those of recent years. We start out in Argentina and we’ll quickly find ourselves in the Andes mountain range, with some very high and extreme stages. You can be sure that they will be looking to take things to the limit, even more so than last year. The race will be back in Bolivia which was a big success last year, with some stages at high altitude. They will be looking for dunes in the Atacama desert in Chile, which will be a first. I’m sure that it will be a very complete Dakar. Finally, to finish there will be some routes in Argentina, very similar to the ones that we have seen in the World Rally Championship, but always with some new challenges.

Wolfgang Fischer Team HRC - Team Manager
Today we are here in Barcelona, for the Dakar presentation for the edition 2015. We can look forward to a lot of kilometres, a lot of challenges, starting and finishing in Buenos Aires. Once again a great challenge for man and machine, for the riders, for the spirit, for the motivation of all of us. We are really looking forward to it and working hard to face the challenge, and be as successful as possible. It’s a good way to motivate us in the middle of the season after having got off to such a successful start in the championship. I’m happy to be here with the team before we head out for the next stage in Sardinia and prepare for Dakar 2015 our main goal of the season.

Martino Bianchi Team HRC - General Manager
This has been my third Dakar Tour presentation this year after Paris and Tokio. Here in Barcelona I have seen so much interest in the race: many journalists and a lot of fans of the Dakar have been especially interested in HRC and the project, and especially in Joan Barreda our Spanish star, in the next Dakar 2015. We’ve been preparing really well for the Dakar, as we have the perfect team to be in the running for the victory. I think that the race will be very challenging, especially the Chilean and Bolivian marathon stages which will be very difficult for all the teams and riders. But I think that we are making all the right steps to have a team that will be ready to fight for the best results.

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