Sat 10 January 2015

Rest day Dakar 2015; a 100% score so far..

It all started in Buenos Aires, Argentina this year. On the 31st of December our three riders, Mart Meeru (EST), Jeroen van Daele (NED) and Erik Klomp (NED) arrived prepared and fit on Ezeiza airport. After a year of preparation and training it’s finally ‘Dakar time’. Mart is the only one with experience riding the Dakar, he participated and finished Dakar in 2014. Jeroen and Erik are ‘Dakar rookies’, but have a lot of experience riding other rallies. Their goals are plain and simple; ‘finishing Dakar 2015’.



After we passed our administrative and technical checks at the Tecnópolis Exhibition Center on the 3rd of January, the Dakar started on the 4th with 838 km in total, heading for Villa Carlos Paz.
The special to San Juan the next day was very long and tough. High temperatures in combination with the dunes at the end of the special made this ‘one of the stages of 2015’, which will be ‘remembered’. 14 Motorcycle competitors didn’t make it to the finish line, mostly due to dehydration.


Most riders who finished the second stage needed the 3rd stage to ‘recover’. On day 4 the Dakar caravan left Argentina, heading for Copiapo in Chile. A very early start and a climb to a height of 4,800 meters took the competitors to the border crossing at Paso San Francisco. After a freezing road section of 594 km over the Andes mountains, the special of 315 km was a ‘pleasant’ surprise, ending with an open and sandy route and giant dunes. After 909 km in total (the longest day in Dakar this year) they reached the bivouac in Copiapo.



And as usual, you have to ‘earn’ the rest day. After a lot of fesh fesh and rocks during stage 6 yesterday, Mart, Jeroen and Erik arrived in Iquique. Mart early in the afternoon, Jeroen early in the evening and Erik just before dark.
The A.S.O. organised a really tough first week for all competitors. To reach the rest day, you and your bike needed to be in perfect shape. Reaching Iquique with so many riders out of the game, felt like a small victory. But of course we’re only halfway now, with still 7 stages to go.


After their well deserved rest day today, the motorcycle competitors will leave for their first marathon stage to Uyuni in Bolivia tomorrow.
At this moment we only have two more things to say to our riders:

1)    Well done so far!
2)    Please continue like this until the podium in Buenos Aires…

During Dakar we will update our facebook and twitter each day with the latest news. So to make sure you’ll have the latest updates and news, please follow us on:


All articles

New schedule due to corona virus

Merzouga Rally and Rally Kazakhstan: new on the 2020 schedule

Dakar 2020: new destination, new continent, new adventures

Review: season 2019

Dakar 2019: stunning rally in Peru

Dakar 2019: the 6 riders

Planning 2019

Dakar 2018: 6 HT riders finished in Cordoba!

Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge 2017

Dakar 2017

Atacama Rally 2016 / Chile / 21-27 August

Follow us on Dakar 2016

Oilibya Rally Maroc 2015

The first Husqvarna Rally Replica!

HT Husqvarna Rally team

Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge 2015 starts Sunday

Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge 2015

100% Finish Dakar 2015 !!!

Rest day Dakar 2015; a 100% score so far..

Follow us on Dakar 2015

Information evening Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge 2015

The start before the start

Introduction team Dakar 2015

Dakar 2015; motorcycle competitors, yes or no...?

Sardegna Rally Race 2014

Dakar 2015 starts today

Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge 2014 started

Podium pictures of the Dakar 2014

Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge 2014

Dakar 2014 in detail

HT Honda Rally Raid at Le Havre

Carlos Gracida participating in Oilibya Rally, Morocco

Testing HT Honda Rally Raid bikes in Morocco

Dakar 2014 with HT Honda Rally Raid

Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge 2013

Dakar 2013: Second week HT Honda Rally Raid

Dakar 2013: First week HT Honda Rally Raid

Dakar 2013

3th Round World Championship Rally; Sardegna

2nd Round World Championship Rally: Sealine Rally Qatar

Stage 4: Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge

Stage 3: Empty Quarter Desert

Stage 2: Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge

Photographs stage 1

The rally has started!

Warm-up Dubai

Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge: Transport and logistics

Team Bel-Ray Super B Honda at the start of the first two rounds of the 2012 World Championship Rally

Dakar 2012 wrap up

Mechanics team Bel-Ray Super B Honda at work

Photos Dakar 2012

Bel-Ray Super B Honda concludes tough Dakar Rally with positive finish

Congratulations to our international finishers

More Success For Bel-Ray Super B Honda Juan Carlos Salvatierra in Dakar Stage 11 and 12

Salvatierra Continues To Climb in Overall Dakar Rally Standings

Bel-Ray Super B Honda Juan Carlos Salvatierra Makes More Progress in Dakar Stage 9

Juan Carlos Salvatierra Enjoys Best Day At The Dakar So Far For Bel-Ray Super B Honda

Honda Riders Prepare For Second Half Of Dakar Rally

Stage Six Of The Dakar Rally Cancelled Due To Bad Weather As Honda Riders Make Progress

Photos from the first days on the road

Bel-Ray Super B Honda back on track after stage 4 in Dakar

Bel-Ray Super B Honda's Juan Carlos Salvatierra Fastest In Class During Dakar Stage 4

Bel-Ray Super B Honda's Top Prospects Out Of Dakar Race

Bad Weather Makes Dakar Day Two Progress Tough For Bel-Ray Super B Honda

Final Preparations In Place for Bel-Ray Super B Honda Dakar Challenge

Team Honda Europe announces top team and new title sponsors!

Heading South!

Quinn Cody wins Baja 1000 for the fourth time

Thousands of fans during pre-prologue Valkenswaard

Team Honda Europe sets up their bivouac at Valkenswaard

Successful test in Morocco

Team Honda Europe leaves to Morocco for a shakedown of the new Honda CRF 450 DakarX

Team Honda Europe with the biggest team ever in Dakar 2012

New website Team Honda Europe

Team Honda prepares for Dakar 2012