Honda returns to Dakar in 2013 : Team HRC

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It was way back in 1989 the last year that a Honda's Factory Racing Team had participated in the Dakar rally, that too in the original route of Paris-Dakar. After 23 years of long absence in the world's toughest raid, the Japanese motorcycle giant is set to end the trend in next years 2013 Dakar rally by returning to competition at the hand of Team HRC.

The factory team will be piloted by Portuguese Helder Rodrigues, who finished third in the Dakar this year, accompanied by Brazilian Felipe Zanol, Britain's Sam Sunderland, and Argentine Javier Pizzolito, riding the prototype developed and produced at the Center for Research and Development of Motorcycles , Honda R & D. This prototype is based on the CRF450X, will also be developing a multi-piece kit for the CRF450X model and will be made available for a limited number of teams.

"The Dakar requires participants to travel several hundred kilometers every day for over two weeks. It requires a completely different type of vehicle used in other competitions such as motocross , trials and road tests. Honda has devoted an extraordinary effort to design and build a powerful machine and winning. Our goal is the championship from this very first year. " says Tetsuo Suzuki, Senior Managing Officer & Director, Chief Operating Officer, Motorcycle R & D Center, Honda R & D Co., Ltd.

We hope that other motocycle manufacturers too join the competition at the world's tough & best rally!

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