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Wed 21 January 2015

100% Finish Dakar 2015 !!!

Just a few short words about the fantastic performance of team HT Honda Rally Raid, both riders ánd assistance! The very last day of the rally was another example of the extreme  conditions of the 2015 Rally . Rain, rain and even more rain. It was very wet, but also very slippery. The organisation decided to stop / finish the stage at kilometre 101 instead of 179. A wise decision, safety first.

-10 Degrees, +40 degrees, 5000 meters altitude, rain, storm, snow, sun, they got it all in the past few weeks! And even more important; they overcame it all!

What a rally… Mart joined our team for the second time, after finishing the 2014 edition. Mart put up a hell of ride this year! Very strong and consistent, with an 38th overall position after the final stage! Even more exceptional because he rode 1 ½ week with a broken hand…

All our riders were consistent. Jeroen came very well prepared to the Dakar. And without any big crashes he managed his rally perfectly. A few times he came in just before dark. And physically his limits were pushed to the max. But he stayed focused till the end and made it to the finish on a 64th position overall.



Erik had real good tactics. As we say “slow and steady wins the race”. He fought and struggled, each day, every kilometre, 13 days, until the very end today on the podium at the Tecnopolis Center in Buenos Aires! The winner Marc Coma finished this Dakar after 46hours 03 minutes and 49 seconds. Erik needed 42 hours more to complete his Dakar!

He and his bike nearly did 2 Dakars!


Final overall classification:

And last but not least Henk, Gerwin and Martin, our assistance sometimes needed to put 28 hours in a 24 hour day. With assistance road sections of over 15 hours  from bivouac to bivouac, preparing their working place, welcome the riders, clean and work on the bikes until everything is 100% ready again for the next day. You never see them, you never hear them, but for them the results speak louder than the words.

The Honda CRF450DakarX again proved to be very reliable and the excellent handling of the bike sure didn't make it any more difficult for the riders.

Were many riders didn’t make it to the finish, ours did! A 100% score for both riders and assistance! There’s only 1 thing to say, well done gentlemen!

It was again a great adventure, but as they say; all good things come to an end.

Thank you for supporting our team and see you next year!

HT Rally Raid


 

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