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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; Joan Barreda (Spain, 31), Paulo Goncalves (Portugal, 35), Helder Rodrigues (Portugal, 35), Jeremias Israel (Chile, 33), and Laia Sanz (Spain, 28).


This new Team HRC will set off for the Rally OiLibya du Maroc, on October 3rd in Erfoud (Morocco) in order to prepare for the world’s most difficult and challenging off-road event: the Dakar Rally which begins on 4th January 2015 in Buenos Aires (Argentina). The two week long 9,000 kilometres Dakar crosses Argentina, Bolivia and Chilean territories, and takes in all kinds of terrain, concluding on the 17th January in the Argentinian capital.


Joan Barreda, Paulo Goncalves and Helder Rodrigues have participated in several rounds of the 2014 FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship. This season, Paulo Goncalves, has won the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge, the first round of the Championship, and Joan Barreda has won the Sealine Qatar Rally. Goncalves ends the championship as runner-up despite a crash in the last round, Morocco when he fight for the title.

New additions to the Team HRC for the Dakar 2015 are Chilean Jeremias Israel and Dakar’s female-class winner Laia Sanz.


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


The staff members are led by Large Project Leader Katsumi Yamazaki, General Manager Martino Bianchi, and Team Manager Wolfgang Fischer.



Helder Rodrigues

Portuguese Helder Rodrigues, 35 years old, known as ‘Estrelinha’ (‘Little Star’), is entering his ninth Dakar Rally. After his first podium in 2010, the 2011 season was the Portuguese rider’s strongest to date concluding with the World Rally-Raid title.
Helder is best known for his successful


Jeremias Israel

'Jere', is the eldest of seven brothers and has always been single-minded about how to achieve success.

At seven years old he already had petrol in his blood, when he was given his first motorbike, a Honda 50cc! He became champion in Chile in youth competitions and went to America, where he won the prestigious Read More >>


Joan Barreda

Joan "Bang Bang" Barreda is the new ‘bad boy’ on the rally scene. The popular Spaniard started out in Motocross, but his career never really took off in a spectacular fashion; yet thanks to his talent and raw speed, Barreda made it all the way to the Motocross World Championship. Although he has paid a Read More >>


Laia Sanz

Eulalia Sanz, Laia, is a super-champion after winning virtually every speciality in which she has ever competed in.
From the age of 4 she began riding her elder brother’s Montesa Cota 25cc. She went on to become a Trial legend, winning everything in the female category. Hardly any other rider can claim to have won 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 on the rally raid scene since 2006.
Known to be a real team player, Goncalves has a very good rapport with everyone he works with and is highly regarded for his positive and cheerful 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 >>