Rally Dakar 2014: 36 days and counting
The Speedbrain Rally Team has shipped its equipment for the upcoming Rally Dakar.
Less than one and a half month to go before the 36th Rally Dakar is kicking off in Argentina. Last week the Speedbrain Rally Team completed a major milestone in preparing their South American adventure. The five Speedbrain 450 Rally bikes plus assistance truck, tons of equipment and parts have been brought on board of the "Grimaldi Grande Roma" at the harbour in Le Havre. The dreaded offroad motorsport competition gets underway on 5 January in Rosario, the birthplace of freedom fighter Che Guevara and football superstar Lionel Messi. The race is set to finish on 18 January in Valparaiso in Chile. Altogether 439 race and 131 assistance vehicles are right now on their journey across the Atlantic.
The 9000-kilometre race has been billed by the organisers as the most difficult since the rally first touched South American soil. The Dakar 2014 will bring a new altitude record and test the endurance of its participants through longer stages. At average there are 50 extra kilometres to be covered each day. 5,228 km of special tests will separate the men from the boys. The rally for the first time is going to visit Bolivia.
Recent weeks saw the crew of Speedbrain Team Coordinator Stefan Krause literally work around the clock. The race bikes had to be finished, spare parts had to be packaged, the assistance vehicles had to be prepared and finally all the equipment had to be sent off to France. Not to mention all the paperwork that had to be completed for the 14-man squad.
The Speedbrain Rally Team is entering the challenge of the toughest rally on earth with five riders onboard the in-house developed Speedbrain 450 Rally machine, and under its own Speedbrain brand.
Chile´s Jeremias Israel gave a strong debut in Speedbrain colours during the OiLybia Morocco Rally in October, after having finished several stages inside the top ten throughout the Dakar 2013. Supported by sponsor MAPFRE and together with Pedro Oliviera the duo is forming the "MAPFRE Speedbrain" Team. Newly crowned World Cup winner Juan Carlos Salvatierra from Bolivia can meanwhile rely on the backing of team newcomer Paolo Ceci.
Completing the powerful and ambitious quintet is Italian offroad ace Alessandro Botturi, who showed his worth in the last Dakar, when he was often found near the top of the leaderboard.
A major step in the preparation of the the Speedbrain Rally Team has been finalised. But the most difficult and most important part begins on 5 January. There are 36 days left, the tension is rising.
Now online: the brand new Dakar Wear
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