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The HRC Rally team is the expression of the Honda philosophy, which has pure racing and the spirit of challenge at its very heart.


Five riders will line up on the new factory Honda CRF450 RALLY, Helder Rodrigues (Portugal, 34), Sam Sunderland (UK, 24), Javier Pizzolito (Arg, 33), Joan Barreda (Spain, 29), and Paulo Goncalves (Portugal, 34).


The team will set off in June with some warm up events to prepare them for the main event: The Dakar, which begins on 5th January 2014 in Rosario, Argentina. It features some particularly gruelling stages in Bolivia and finishes on the 18th January in Valparaiso, Chile, some 8,000km later.


For Helder Rodrigues and Javier Pizzolito the countdown for the next Dakar begins in June with the Desafio Ruta 40 in Argentina, while Joan Barreda and Paulo Goncalves debut on the new Honda CRF450 RALLY in the Pharaoh’s Rally at the end of September. Sam Sunderland, after taking a thrilling third place in the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge, will continue the season with the other riders carrying out tests in North Africa, and will take part in the Morocco Rally and the Merzouga Rally.


TEAM HRC’s aim is to win the Dakar; the most prestigious and toughest off road motorcycle race in the world. An exceptional work bench for the bike, which in turn will become tomorrow’s mass-production model.


HRC’s Katsumi Yamazaki will serve as the Team Director with Martino Bianchi as General Manager of TEAM HRC, who has 30 years experience in the off road racing scene. In addition, TEAM HRC is made up of approximately 30 staff members who have rich experience with rally raids and off -road races.



Helder Rodrigues

Portuguese Helder Rodrigues, 34 years old, known as ‘Estrelinha’ (little star), is entering his eighth Dakar Rally. Following two podium finishes in a row (2010-2011) and the world rallyraid title in 2011, that concluded an exemplary season resulting in Rodrigues being named Portuguese sportsman of the year in the Read More >>


Joan Barreda

Joan “Bang Bang” Barreda could well be the next “big thing” in the rally scene. The popular Spaniard started out in Motocross, but his career never really took off in a spectacular fashion although, thanks to his talent and raw speed, Barreda made it all the way into the Motocross World Championship. Yet Read More >>


Paulo Goncalves

Paulo “Speedy” Goncalves is a race veteran with a long-standing off -road background. The Portuguese family man has been a fixture in the rally raid scene since 2006. Known to be a real team player, Goncalves has a very good relationship with everyone he works with and is highly regarded for his Read More >>

TEAM HRC Machine

Honda CRF450 Rally

Honda has released the official photos of the new CRF450 RALLY, model designed specifically for Rally racing. The TEAM HRC (Honda factory team) will participate in the CRF450 RALLY in the next Dakar Rally 2014-Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, in January 2014.

The TEAM HRC returned to Dakar Rally in January 2013 Read More >>