Today the 41st edition of the Dakar Rally was officially presented in Paris, with the race setting out from the Peruvian capital of Lima on January 6th. Monster Energy Honda Team wheels out the big guns for the great challenge with the team poised and fully prepared.

The Peruvian Embassy in France held the presentation of the 2019 Dakar Rally with Ambassador D. Álvaro de Soto hosting the event, and race director Étienne Lavigne, announcing the main details of the event. The race is set to be, “An unusual edition, as it is the first time that the Dakar has taken place in a single country, with a somewhat different format. It promises to be unique and particular geography, where the dunes will be very present. The stages will be short but intense and you will have to be in good physical shape to be able to overcome it without problems. The capacity for improvement and navigation will be essential aspects in this 2019 edition,” outlined the senior manager of ASO, the race’s organizing body.

Going through the details, Lavigne communicated the final route, which will have a total of 5000 kilometres including some 3000 kilometres of special timed stage. A marathon stage will take place during the fourth stage, where the motorcycle riders will have the bivouac in Moquegua, while the assistants will arrive in Arequipa, where the rest day will be held on January 12. Among other novelties of this edition will be motocross-style line starts in stages five and nine and a ‘Super Ica’ that will take place in stage eight.

Monster Energy Honda Team stands out among the 167 participants in the motorcycle and quad category, lining up a full squad of five riders to take the challenge: Argentinean Kevin Benavides, second in the last edition, Portuguese rider Paulo Gonçalves, Spaniard Joan Barreda, American Ricky Brabec and Chilean Nacho Cornejo.

Dakar Rally 2019

Day Stage Special Stage Km Total Km
6 January Start podium Lima
7 January Lima-Pisco 84 331
8 January Pisco-S. Juan de Marcona 342 554
9 January SS.an Juan de Marcona-Arequipa 331 799
10 January Arequipa-Moquegua 352 511
11 January Moquegua-Arequipa 345 776
12 January Rest day
13 January Arequipa-S. Juan de Marcona 317 839
14 January S. Juan de Marcona-S. Juan de Marcona 323 387
15 January S. Juan de Marcona-Pisco 361 576
16 January Pisco-Pisco 313 410
17 January Pisco-Lima 112 358
Total km 2889 5541
Raul Castells

Raul Castells

Monster Energy Honda Team Manager

After the presentation that ASO organised here at the Peruvian Embassy in France, we now know something more about the 2019 Dakar. The race will take place in its entirety in the South American country, which, after the information that was presented to us today, makes it increasingly clear that this edition of the Dakar will be a purely strategical one, as there are stages where the cars will start out before the bikes, and others where the bikes will have a lined start. In other stages with the trucks and the bikes mixed, and all this in the sand and dunes will make the race strategy crucial. On the plus side, the team is ready and after loading up the vehicles in Le Havre we are now in full countdown for this exciting race that will start at the very beginning of 2019.

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