the presentation of The Dakar rally in Paris has not only served to present the route of the 39th edition of the raid of the world’s toughest, but also for to publish the list of participants who will take part in the trial. Although there may still be some last minute changes, are, in principle, 491 participants who will start in Asunción, divided in 146 bikes, 37 quads, 90 cars -including a 10-SSV – and 50 trucks. Although the number of participants is significantly lower than in past editions, the Spanish presence continues to be remarkable and outstanding.
Bikes – 146 participants
The category of motorcycles draw the duel final
between Honda and KTM, always with the permission of Yamaha and the Spanish team Himoinsa
Racing Team. Toby Price defends title on the back of his KTM 450 Rally Replica
in an official team that includes Matthias Walkner and Sam Sunderland. Paul
Quintanilla (Husqvarna) and Laia Sanz (KTM) also have roles of pilots
official despite wear other colors. For its part, Honda with the support of
Monster Energy has remodelled his team to have a formation of
carats formed by Joan Barreda, Kevin Benavides, Ricky Brabec, Michael Metge
and Paolo Gonçalves.
The bet Yamaha is formed by Helder Rodriguez and
Adrien Van Beveren, while the team Himoinsa Racing Team becomes
the third force is to have six pilots. Without a doubt Gerard Farrés and Ivan Cervantes
make tip of the spear of a project that are also Antonio Gimeno,
Rosa Romero, Daniel Oliveras, and Antonio Ramos. In key Spanish, Sherco again
to bet on Joan Pedrero, while the Spanish armada -comprised of 15
participants – the complete Armand Monleón, Juan José García, Marc Sola, Oscar
Romero, Ferrán Jubany and Sergio Angulano, the latter two being the only ones
rookies with a Spanish origin.
Quads – 37 participants
The category of quad bikes presents the great absence of the brothers Patronelli. The 39th edition of the Dakar opens the list of favorites to victory in the quads, although there are several drivers to follow closely. In this aspect Rafal Sonik and Ignacio Casale are two of those called to fight for the ‘Touareg’, but according to those seen in previous editions of the drivers in south america are increasingly close to being able to get it. Walter Nosiglia or Nelson Augusto Sanabria have already proved their speed, as is James Hansen.
José Luis Espinosa, known as ‘the Black Knight’, is the only spaniard in a category that suffers a renewal quite important with a high percentage of riders beginners who face the Dakar for the first time. Among these appears the bolivian Suany Martinez, which becomes Camelia Liparoti as the only two women that dare to face up to the test on a quad, maybe the category hardest of all, in physical terms.
Cars – 90 participants
The car category is the duel between Peugeot, Toyota and Mini.
With the 3008 DKR compete Stéphane Peterhansel, Carlos Sainz, Cyril
Despres and Sébastien Loeb, in addition to Romain Dumas with functions of quick assistance, while Nasser
Al-Attiyah and Giniel de Villiers are the two strongest rider of Toyota Gazoo
Racing, although with the Toyota Hilux V8 will also be riders such as Nani Roma,
Erik Van Loon, Roman Chabot or the ex-pilot of rally’s Conrad Rautenbach. Mini
it is led by Mikko Hirvonen, Yazeed Al-Rajhi and ‘Orly’ Terranova, although with
X-Raid also compete with Bryce Menzies, Boris Garafulic, Jakub Przygonski, or
Two of the major absences to date are the Harry
Hunt-is-confirmed – and that of Robby Gordon, who could still end up
playing the raid more hard of the world with one of the dorsal-free. With
all, the category of cars has a payroll of participants of the all
enviable with former pilots of rallies as Xevi Pons, pilots yet
competing in the WRC as Nicolas Fuchs or Martin Prokop and with projects very
interesting as the Renault Duster of Emiliano Spataro, or the five
participants who compete without airbag. Are Marek Dabrowski, the brothers
Tim and Tom Coronel, Marco Bulacla and Luis Fernando Barbery.
special Mention deserve the 16 Spanish participants, divided in ten vehicles. They are Carlos Sainz and co-driver Lucas Cruz, Nani Roma and his navigator Alex Haro, Xavier Pons, Xavier Foj, Isidre Esteve and his co-pilot Txema Villalobos, Cristina Gutierrez and Pedro Lopez in the debut of the Mitsubishi driver. The team formed by Joan Font and Gabriel Moiset and the couple that make up Santiago Navarro and Oriol Vidal will compete for their party with two UTV’s. In addition, there is to add to Joan’s Ruby and Guifre Pujol as navigators of participants of other nationalities and the project of Acciona 100% EcoPowered, with crew argentina, but with Spanish origin.
Trucks – 50 participants
finally, the trucks category will be drawn as the usual duel between the Iveco team driver Gerard de Rooy, co-driven this by Moises Torrallardona, and the Kamaz, which may not be the first time the new truck with cabin boating. All in all, the training of Russian remains the rival to beat by the number and quality of its pilots. In the team De Rooy competes the local Federico Villagra, while with trucks Tatra will be Ales Loprais and Martin Kolomy, without forgetting in this aspect of Albert Llovera. For his part, Martin van den Brink is competing with a Renault.
‘elephant’ on the Dakar there is also a Spanish presence on the margins of the already mentioned Moises Torrallardona. With a MAN with the colors of KH-7 Sport will be Jordi Juvanteny, Jose Luis Criado and Enric González, while the other truck with a Spanish crew is the Mercedes Axor modified in the competing Pep Sabaté, Josep Ramon Canís and Jordi Montaner.