Honda is reinforced with Brabec, KTM loses to Sunderland


With Despres and Coma out of the equation, the category of bikes looking for a new king and two manufacturers stack the rest. Honda and KTM unfold their full strength in the Dakar 2016, but when the truth is they have found two very different situations. While Honda will field five CRF450 Rally after signing Ricky Brabec, in KTM have suffered a low the very sensitive one of the favourites to the final victory. Sam Sunderland has confirmed that it will lose the Dakar rally after not being able to overcome the injury sustained to his leg during the dispute of the Rally in Merzouga.

Honda Racing has confirmed the addition of Ricky Brabec. New blood in a team that welcomes you with open arms to one of the drivers of reference in 2014 and 2015 in the categories off-road in the united States. With a great experience in the ‘american desert’, Ricky Brabec will become the north american pilot youngest debut in the Dakar. The californian already competed with the Team HRC as ‘wild card’ in the first round of the Championship the FIM World Rally Cross Country in Abu Dhabi. He finished in fifth position and was the best pilot sub-23.

Now Ricky Brabec will face the Dakar, big words. The goal of the american to for get to point out at some stage spot, show your speed on tracks and reach the finish line. This will have all the support of Team HRC, which has stepped up its bet with the presence of Brabec and a fifth Honda CRF450 Rally. It is worth remembering that the other four pilots of the signature of wing golden are the Spanish Joan Barreda, Paulo Gonçalves, Michael Metge and Paolo Ceci. A bet very ambitious to get the first Touareg of the signature from that returned to the Dakar.


While in the Team HRC premiere pilot, in KTM Racing has lost one of its most important achievements. Through the social networks yesterday night, Sam Sunderland confirmed that it will not be in the Dakar. The pilot has decided not to participate, not being 100% recovered from the injury sustained on his leg during the dispute of the last Rally of Merzouga. Although during several phases of their recovery came to have the hope of being able to be in the Dakar 2016, finally the briton will not be in the raid more hard of the world.

A serious setback for KTM Racing you must solve with the men of the house. Although it is not ruled out that the signing of the austrian accorded the role of official to any of the pilots that compete with the KTM 450 Replicates, as can be Stefan Svitko, Olivier Pain, Gerard Farrés and David Casteau, what is certain is that all of the bet ‘orange’ passes for the four official riders remaining. The responsibility for Matthias Walkner, Toby Price, Jordi Viladoms and Laia Sanz grows several integers. All of them should give their maximum effort to keep the KTM on top.