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Michael Metge at the 2018 Dakar HRC Photoshoot

Honda warming to 2018 Dakar challenge

Dec 212017

Perhaps it’s an extreme way to beat the cold…but the influx of race experts, technicians, support crew and athletes flooding into South America and in particular to the Peruvian capital of Lima are leaving thoughts of a European winter long behind in the dash to ‘Dakar’.

The Monster Energy Honda Team are primed to overthrow the sixteen year hegemony of KTM at the 2018 edition of the two-week-9000km rally that will traverse three countries and sweep through mountain ranges and endless stretches of epic landscapes, particularly in Bolivia.

Barreda, Benavides, Brabec, Goncalves and Metge are the familiar names ‘in red’ and with the CRF450 Rally to attempt one of motorsport’s most famous and perilous races. Before the crew set off from their Spanish HQ and with every aspect of their motorcycle and support structure dialled-in for the diverse challenges ahead, the team committed some thoughts and testing kilometres to video.


Check out the feelings and emotions from one of the sharpest factory outfits to exit the ‘START’ arch in this 40th incarnation of the Dakar Rally.