Once again, Argentina’s minister’s came together in a ceremony congratulating each other on once again playing host to the grand-daddy of off road races, the Dakar. Argentina will play host to a full seven stages of the 2014 edition kicking off on January 5, 2014 from Rosario, Argentina and according to Race Director, Etienne Lavigne, “is to include at least one marathon stage.”
The stages are as follows:
1/05 Rosario - San Luis
1/06 San Luis - San Rafael
1/07 San Rafael - San Juan
1/08 San Juan - Chilecito
1/09 Chilecito - Tucuman
1/10 Tucuman - Salta
1/11 Salta Rest Day
1/12 Salta - Salta
Pal Anders Ullevalsetter Abu Dhabi Test
Abu Dhabi stage 2 Pal Anders riding along with Jeremias Israel and Helder Rodrigues. While the video doesn’t show their crash, Pal Anders does arrive on the seen within seconds of the incident.
Friday, 05 April 2013
The proven squad led by team principal Wolfgang Fischer is bringing a new bike to the competition in 2013 - the “Speedbrain 450 Rally”. Joan Barreda and Paulo Goncalves will be aboard machinery already known from previous race activities conducted under the “Husqvarna Rallye Team by Speedbrain” banner.
The in-house developed race motorcycle showed its worth with a debut win at the Pharaons Rally 2012 and furthermore with four stage victories during the Dakar 2013. Now a new phase begins with the bike being raced under the manufacturer name Speedbrain.
The Speedbrain Rally Team has opted for a busy schedule to start the season. There are three major events scheduled within the next six weeks for the Bavarian outfit. First there are the two opening rounds of the FIM Cross Country Rally World Championship to be held on the Arabian Peninsula. The Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge and the Sealine Rally in Qatar are forming a challenging double header to begin with. Then in May the Powerdays
2013 - held near Leipzig as part of the Baja 300 - see the team´s first display on German soil.
Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge
The Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge is offering 2,000 kilometres of riding and racing through the desert. The race is a respected highlight in the calendar each season and opens the FIM Cross Country Rally World Championship yet again. This Saturday (6 April) sees a short but demanding special stage at Yas Island, right next to the famous F1 circuit, before the following five days will force the riders to their limits. The participants are facing tremendous amounts of sand and later massive dunes in the heat of the Liwa desert. The field returns to Yas Island on 11 April. The ambitions are high within the Speedbrain camp, as Barreda and Goncalves both stood on the podium last year, placing second and third overall.
Sealine Qatar Rally
The race in the emirate of Qatar is getting underway on 22 April. The event is somewhat shorter than the Abu Dhabi opener, confronting the athletes with a total distance of 1,500 km. The organisers have announced a new route for this year´s edition. Rally pundits expect a tight race and four difficult days.
The Speedbrain Rally Team won´t find much rest after returning from the Arabian Peninsula. The next stop is on home territory from 9 to 11 May. Held near Leipzig, the Baja 300 offers a two-day format with a 50-km loop that has to be completed several times each time. The Speedbrain squad isn´t necessarily competing for silverware, but rather to present itself to the fans and to provide a look behind the scenes of the team.
Riders and mechanics will be available to the public.
Speedbrain Team principal Wolfgang Fischer: “We’ve worked hard since returning from the Dakar and we are very well positioned for the 2013 season. We have a brilliant bike, top-notch riders with Joan and Paulo and a proven team setup. Additionally, we will have U.S. rider Quinn Cody further strengthening our program in Qatar. Many of the world´s best riders are competing at the first two rounds and we intend to be front-runners. At the Baja 300 we are looking forward to meeting and greeting the fans and make ourselves available. These are interesting weeks ahead for us. Thanks to all our partners who lend their support in the upcoming season, especially Monster Energy.”
For the second year in a row, the NPO has elected to cancel the Rally Tunisia due to socioeconomic and security reasons plaguing the country and the greater North African region. Instability resulting from the revolutions of the past few years continues to spill over from people to people, region to region, and country to country. Without the emergence of clear leadership able to govern in any unifying fashion, nations from Egypt to Libya to Mali and Tunisia continue to simmer in a state of insecurity.
NPO Press Release:
RALLY OF TUNISIA 2013 : FLASH INFO
For several months, the NPO teams work daily with the Tunisian authorities, sports federations car and motorcycle (FTM and FTA) and many loyal partners to organize the 31° edition of the famous International Rally of Tunisia.
The economic crisis, alerts issued by various embassies to the attention of their citizens and the emphasis of international media sometimes outrageous, of social movements in Tunisia, have dampened enthusiasm of European for Tunisia destination. Moreover, the geopolitical context does not enable the organization of the event with serenity.
Following the various official meetings held this week in Tunis, NPO, by mutual agreement with the Ministry of Sport and Tourism, the FTA and FTM, has taken the decision to postpone the Rally of Tunisia 2013 and today build a project of Future.
Registered participants were called today by the NPO team and mostly decided to postpone their entries to OiLibya Rally of Morocco. Few of them unavailable this fall, will be fully refunded in the coming days.
For its 35th edition, the sixth to be organized in South America, the Dakar will set off on January 5th from Rosario, Argentina finishing in Valparaiso, Chile on January 18th, after a brief visit to Bolivia, which will become the rally’s 28th host country. The 2014 route, with several marathon stages on the agenda, will test the competitors’ race tactics as much as their endurance.
Lionel Messi and the “Che” were both born in Rosario, the poet Pablo Neruda lived in Valparaiso for many years, and Simon Bolivar, known as El Libertador, has remained the continent’s ultimate reference almost two centuries after his death. During the 2014 Dakar, each competitor will draw inspiration from these heroes who have influenced the history of the places which will be visited. The drivers and teams participating will have to rely on their physical resistance and their competitive spirit in particular, imbued with the values of off-road races, to achieve their objective. Although the Dakar’s first visit to Bolivia will principally focus on discovery, the competitors’ technical and sporting performances will essentially be tested in Argentina and Chile, which will be explored in very different way compared to the rally’s five previous editions in South America.
The route, which will pass through North West Argentina’s canyons and sandy valleys, or the dunes of the Atacama Desert will require skillful driving as well the careful management of mechanical aspects. With longer special stages and several marathon stages, the 2014 Dakar’s competitors will be constantly required to tackle extreme endurance conditions.
Among the rally’s participants, whose entry applications are welcomed from May 15th, this year the Dakar will be giving pride of place to the future generations, ten places are reserved for Dakar newcomers who have won their entry during the five races featured on the Dakar Challenge’s calendar. Among them, two Dakar Series races will be held in South America: the Desafio Ruta 40 in Argentina and the first edition of the Desafio Inca, in Peru.
The Dakar Challenge Calendar
31st May/2ndJune: Tecate Score Baja 500 (Mexico)
15th /22nd June: Desafio Ruta 40 (Argentina)
20th /23rd June: Toyota Kalahari Botswana 1000 Desert Race (Botswana)
12th /14th July: Reno 500 (USA)
20th/27th September: Australasian Safari (Australia)
3rd /6th October: Desafio Inca (Peru)
The key dates of the 2014 Dakar
Opening of entries:15th May
Deadline for submitting motorcycle entries: 7th July 2013
Deadline for submitting entries: 1st November
Loading of European vehicles: end of November
Technical verifications in Rosario: 2nd to 4th January 2014
Start ceremony: 4th January
DAKAR: 5th to 18th January
Rest day: 11th January in Salta (Argentina)
Endurance to the fore…
For its 6th edition in South America, the Dakar is continuing its exploration of the Argentinean and Chileans regions, by organising a visit to Bolivia. The 2014 route has been marked out between Rosario in Argentina and Valparaiso in Chile, with the aim of testing the endurance qualities of the Dakar’s drivers and teams. Changes regarding the format of the stages have been thought up to facilitate the management of the race and the strategy of each team.
A visit to Bolivia…
The organisers of the Dakar were keen to discover new regions and were won over by the Bolivian landscapes, ranked among the most stunning ones that the continent has to offer. Nevertheless, their wish to take the 2014 edition’s competitors there had to be weighed up against the geographical and climatic difficulties, which make the preparation of a “classic” stage through Bolivia harder. So the Dakar’s route will cross the border in a particular way, with a marathon stage in the south of the country. This unique format, which may only concern motorcycles, will allow a new strategy to be tested on the rally, opening the way to new possibilities.
Several marathon stages…
The organizers’ extensive knowledge of Argentina and Chile will allow the stages to be meticulously marked out. To highlight the physical and strategic aspects comprising the essence of off-road races, the 2014 Dakar will boast longer special stages and shorter liaison sections. The distinctive features of North West Argentina’s tracks and the dunes will require the drivers to be attentive at all times and the Atacama Desert will appear in a new light with the difficulties that the vehicles will face there. With several marathon stages on the agenda, managing mechanics will be even more vital to ensuring the vehicles’ performance.
Motto : In Unity and Freedom
Capital : Buenos Aires
Population : 40.6 million inhabitants
Surface area : 2, 766, 890 sq. km
Currency : Argentinean peso
The leading lights of Argentinean sport : Diego Maradona, Lionel Messi (football), Guillermo Vilas, Gabriela Sabatini, Juan Martin Del Potro (tennis), Manu Ginobili (basketball), Juan Manuel Fangio (motor racing), Angel Cabrera (golf), Carlos Monzon (boxing), Hugo Porta, Juan Martín Hernandez (rugby)
With almost 3,500 kilometres between the Bolivian border and the extremities of Tierra Del Fuego, Argentina is the size of a country-continent. Its expanse, both from north to south and east to west, gives the country several different facets. In terms of climate, relief or way of life, Argentina’s variety is characterised by the many regions which form it. While there are many different types of scenery, the Argentineans’ love of motor sports is uniformly spread throughout the country. From Buenos Aires, where the competitors first experienced mingling with the crowd, to San Miguel to Tucuman, where the 2013 rest day provided an opportunity for a spectacular party, to Mar del Plata, whose beaches were deserted by holidaymakers who wanted to meet the drivers of the 2012 Dakar, the rally’s popularity has never waned. More than 13 million spectators have come to see the spectacle in Argentina provided by the Dakar since it came to South America.
The Argentinians have experienced great moments of happiness with the drivers who have represented them in the rally. In recent years, their flag bearers have proved their ability to succeed in almost every category. In January, Orlando Terranova followed in the footsteps of Lucio Alvarez by also finishing in 5th place in the final over standings, with a victory in the special stage into the bargain. In the motorcycle category, Javier Pizzolito also lived up to expectations by finishing in the Top 10. And in particular, the Patronelli field day continued with the victory of Marcos, who won his second quad title, bringing the family’s number of trophies to four, following that of his brother Alejandro the year before.
Surrounded by mountains, Bolivia has played a singular role in South America’s history. The whole continent was influenced by the actions of the country’s first president, Simón Bolivar, who was not only the victorious fighter for the independence of the former Upper Peru in 1925, but in particular the most active opponent in the fight against the Spanish crown. El Libertador thus played a decisive role in the emancipation of Colombia, Ecuador, Panama, Peru and Venezuela, and also supported the project of a political confederation bringing together all the countries in Latin America.
The country which was named after this renowned hero is still highly respected throughout the world, but above all, it has become a major tourist destination due to its geographical assets. Visitors are initially attracted by La Paz, the highest capital in the world, situated at an altitude of 3,660 m. They then head for Lake Titicaca, which Bolivia shares with Peru, as well as for Salar de Uyuni, the largest salt flat in the world.
Motto : By reason or by force
Capital : Santiago de Chile
Population : 16.7 million inhabitants
Surface area : 756, 950 sq. km
Currency : Chilean peso
The leading lights of Chilean sport : Marcelo Salas, Ivan Zamorano (football), Fernando Gonzalez, Nicola Massu, Marcelo Rios (tennis), Carlo de Gavardo (motorcycling)
Long and thin, bound on one side by the Pacific Ocean and on the other by the Andes, Chile is one of the longest countries in the world. With 4,300 km from the north to the south, (almost 5,400 km of coastline in total!) Chile is unique in this respect. On the other hand, its width never exceeds 349 km and drops down to about 15 kilometres in the south. This thread-like stretch of land boasts every type of climate and a wide variety of reliefs.
From the Atacama Desert, renowned for being the most arid in the world, to the Andes Cordillera, the Dakar’s drivers and teams have experienced the extensive variety of landscapes which Chile has to offer for the past four years. As for sport, the Chileans have become used to seeing the rally through the eyes of their favourite driver, Francisco Lopez, winner of ten stages since the Dakar has taken place in his country. In 2013, Chaleco struggled for the 2nd place until the last day before losing it due to a twist of fate, but he managed to savour the pleasure of getting on the 3rd step of the podium in Santiago, in front of the Palacio de La Moneda. His many supporters can definitely rely on him to aim for victory in Valparaiso. They will also be keeping an eye on the young quad rider Ignacio Casale, who is also capable of a brilliant performance, having finished in 2nd place behind Marcos Patronelli in January.
By João Paulo Godinho
The Portuguese rider wants to join the joy of winning the mythical race of terrain with the happiness of being a father, another dream coming true for the rider in May.
Faria hoping to fly into the future with KTM
2013 is to be an ‘almost perfect’ year for Ruben Faria. After finishing the 2013 Dakar rally in second place, the Portuguese rider, 38, prepares to become a father for the first time in May, had the Red Bull KTM team confirm his name as official rider. Without the “burden of backpacker” for Cyril Despres, now it is Faria’s turn to fight for victory.
“I’ll try to give my best. I hope I can realize the dream of winning the Dakar. I will not say who will win, but I’ll give my best,” said Faria in a meeting with journalists in Lisbon. Ruben Faria confessed his satisfaction with the priveleged position and that he is now able to attack for victory and the dream of winning Dakar. “In 2006, when I joined, I never imagined I would be in this place at this time. It was hard work to get here. I learned a lot with Cyril and now I can say I’m in the best possible position to fight for victory.”
A new phase in the career of Ruben Faria translates into a two year contract, where he will share with Spaniard, Marc Coma, three times winner of the Dakar, and American, Kurt Caselli, while Chilean Francisco “Chaleco” López and Polish rider, Jakub Przygonski will be with the brand, although in separate team structures.
The performance in Dakar 2013 naturally brought greater attention to Faria, especially after confirming the departure of his long time team mate, Cyril Despres. However, Ruben Faria chose to remain loyal to his team. “I was scouted by other teams, of course, but I have a good relationship with Team Red Bull KTM, and with the mechanics and preferred to stay. However, they made me a good offer, I signed and am quite happy,” he said.
After three years working with Despres, five time Dakar winner, the Portuguese rider ensured that their friendship will endure the rivalry if Despres confirms his plan to race bikes in 2014. “If he runs, Cyril is my greatest foe. However, we are friends and we talk outside of racing,” said Faria, who admitted that he did not yet know who will assume the role of “water carrier” in the KTM team.
About his preparation for the next edition, he revealed that there will be changes in both physical and tactical preparation, but mostly in his mental preparation. “I will train even more, but with a different goal, which is not help Cyril Depres, but running for me and to do my best. This means increased pressure and more responsibility. I will try to keep my feet firmly on the ground and not do anything crazy,” he stressed, adding that after the first tests in May he will return to competition at the Rally dos Sertões in Brazil.
Another dream coming true in the life of Ruben Faria is the birth of Rita, his first daughter, which is expected in May. Sharing the initials RF, Faria hopes for a different life for his daughter from his, “There are more women in the sport, but I hope she will not follow my career,” he said.
According to this press release about the excellent fourth place result of Speedbrain mechanic Mauro Sant on the Italian Baja, the team will now officially be known as “Speedbrain Rally Team” and the former Husqvarna TE449RR will now be referred to as the “Speedbrain 450 Rally.”
This is a very welcome change from the awkwardly cumbersome “Husqvarna Rallye Team by Speedbrain.” The rally world is very curious to see how Speedbrain does unfettered by the split oversight of both BMW and Husqvarna.
After 12 years and 10 Dakar podiums, 5 of which were victories, Cyril Despres and KTM have jointly agreed to go their separate ways, leaving Cyril free to explore new challenges and new horizons.
“I have spent a large part of my career to date with KTM, so as you can imagine it wasn’t a decision that was taken lightly. They were great years, very fruitful, both professionally and personally, and I owe much to everyone at KTM , especially the ‘boss’ Stefan Pierer, whose enthusiasm for the sport of rally-raid matches my own. I would also like to say a big ‘thank you’ to Heinz Kinigadner and Head of Motorsport Pit Beirer and everyone in the rally department. When I arrived it was run by the much missed Hans Trunkenpolz, who taught me how to develop a rally bike, and whose work is now being very ably continued by Stefan Huber. Finally, I say a very fond farewell to my factory mechanic throughout all that time, Roland Bruckner, and my support rider during the last four Dakars, Ruben Faria, who I wish all the best for the future.
Although I say goodbye to all these people, I am sure I will be seeing many of them again very soon, as, with the continued support of my long-time partner Redbull, I will most definitely be staying in the sport. It is a little too early to give any more details, suffice to say I am extremely motivated by the new challenge I am about to embark on and look forward to giving you further details in the very near future.”
All the best,
PS: As the explorer Mike Horn would say “it’s not the end of the story, it’s just the beginning of a new one…”.
Top-class racing with certificate
Speedbrain has been certified according to DIN ISO 9001. The company is therefore underlining its exceptional quality ambitions in the production and operation of pro and customer race motorcycles.
Stephanskirchen, 12 March 2013
Following nearly one year of preparation, Speedbrain GmbH has been certified by TÜV Süd according to DIN ISO 9001. The field of application for this certificate covers the racing team as well as the development, production and sales of road legal race motorcycles.
The Speedbrain Rally Team, which has been successfully competing in the FIM Cross Country World Championship and the Rally Dakar in the past three years, has been attested with the highest quality standards through the certificate. Speedbrain is for this reason occupying a worldwide pioneer role when it comes to quality management in racing.
Team principal Wolfgang Fischer: “The decision to establish a certified quality management is an important strategic asset within our professional and customer sports programme in the coming years.”
Together with long-time partner Monster Energy the team will begin the upcoming world rally campaign on 5 April 2013 at the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge. The two regular team riders Joan Barreda and Paulo Goncalves are eagerly awaiting a double header effort, as the race in Abu Dhabi is shortly followed by the Sealine Cross Country Rally in Qatar, round two of the championship.
published at 12.03.2013 / created by Marcia Hill
KTM Motorsports has announced a new era for its factory rally team, which as of 2013 will ride under the name of Red Bull KTM Factory Racing.
The new team will field a strong three-rider lineup of Marc Coma, Ruben Faria and Kurt Caselli. The KTM factory team presence will be further enhanced by top Chilean rider Francesco ‘Chaleco’ Lopez who will be supported with a full factory package. Lopez will be competing on the same factory rally machine as the other three riders.
“Just as we always look to the future by constantly developing our rally bikes, we must also do that same with the structure of our factory team. It is essential to evolve, to engage new talent and have the kind of balance and harmony essential for the smooth operation of the team in extreme circumstances like the Dakar Rally,” said Pit Beirer, head of KTM Motorsports. “We want to capitalize on the immense experience and talent of riders like Marc Coma, but also need to take advantage of those of ambitious up-and-coming riders like Caselli, Faria and Lopez.”
Coma of Spain, a three times Dakar winner was unable to ride in the 2013 edition because a shoulder injury sustained in a crash in the Morocco Rally had not completely healed. He is now fit and is preparing to defend his World Championship Cross Country Rally title starting with the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge (April 4-11). He and his now former KTM factory teammate Cyril Despres between them have dominated the Dakar, winning a total of eight titles of KTM’s 12 consecutive wins in what is certainly the world’s toughest rally.
Portuguese rider Ruben Faria, long time support rider to Despres enjoyed a very successful 2013 Dakar in his own right, finishing overall second, including a stage victory. Kurt Caselli, KTM’s offroad specialist and US factory rider was called in at the last minute to ride for the injured Coma. He delivered an impressive performance in his first Dakar appearance, including two stage victories. The popular Chilean Lopez was in great form on a KTM 450 Rally bike in the 2013 edition, finishing overall third with four stage victories.
Beirer underlined that KTM had enjoyed a great era with the Coma-Despres partnership in the factory team but underlined that when a rider of the high caliber of Despres indicated that he wanted to move on and face new challenges that the company had to respect his wish. He said KTM had experienced an era of unprecedented success while Despres has been a member of the company’s factory rally team. “His exemplary achievements are recognized throughout the world of motorsports and he will always be part of the history of our company. We thank him for his contribution and I join with everyone at KTM Motorsports and our entire company to wish him well for his chosen future.”
Looking forward, Beirer emphasized that it was important to remain open-minded and embrace change. “We must invest in new talent, just as we invest in new technology and I am confident that with the new team structure we will continue to play a dominant role in rally sport.”
After competing successfully together on the rally scene for several years, BMW Motorrad and Speedbrain GmbH are parting ways by mutual consent.
Munich, 11th March 2013. The BMW Group is realigning its motorcycle business area and will, in the future, concentrate on expanding the BMW Motorrad brand. For this reason, Husqvarna Motorcycles has been sold to Pierer Industrie AG. This restructuring also has a knock-on effect on partner Speedbrain, with whom the BMW Group has cooperated very successfully in the field of motorcycle racing since 2006. BMW Motorrad and Speedbrain have, by mutual consent, terminated the existing contract with immediate effect.
“We would like to thank Speedbrain for the successful cooperation we have enjoyed in recent years,” said Berthold Hauser, Project Leader at BMW Motorrad. “In Speedbrain, we knew that we always had a reliable and highly professional partner on our side in our off-road activities. The team played a major part in the success we enjoyed in the off-road area, from titles in cross-country racing to stage wins at the legendary Rally Dakar and success at other endurance rallies. The new, overriding conditions meant we had to find an acceptable solution for both sides. This process took its course in the same spirit of partnership as has been present throughout the entire cooperation. Over the course of productive and harmonious discussions, we agreed to terminate the existing contract with immediate effect. We wish the Speedbrain team every success for its future in motorsport.”
Wolfgang Fischer, Managing Director of Speedbrain GmbH, said: “We are grateful to BMW Motorrad for the faith they have put in us in recent years. The outstanding cooperation and support we have received from BMW Motorrad over all the years should not be taken for granted. It has been great fun tackling the off-road racing adventures together with BMW Motorrad. It was a fantastic time, during which we all experienced and achieved a lot at rallies all over the world. We would like to wish BMW Motorrad all the best for the future, and are looking forward to the new challenges that now await us.”
Speedbrain has been the team responsible for the off-road activities of BMW Motorrad and Husqvarna Motorcycles since 2006. These initially included outings in Enduro racing and then, since 2011, on the rally scene, with successful starts at the infamous Rally Dakar, in the Rally World Championship, and at other important endurance races. Speedbrain will continue to be involved in motorsport as a rally team in the future.
March 08, 2013
After gaining considerable experience over recent years in rallies including the Pharaohs, Dakar, and Sardinia, 2013 will see Jolly Racing Motorsport combine efforts with Enduro Team HM Honda Zanardo to enter the FIM Cross Country Rallies World Championship.
One of the key steps for the team is an exclusive agreement with the legendary Jordi Arcarons who will be team manager of Jolly Rally Racing. First round attended by the Jolly Rally Racing Team will be the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge with Bolivian rider, Juan Carlos Salvatierra. The goal of Jolly Rally Racing is to create a team structure available to all pilots who wish to run to world rallies with a competent technical organization including all support and the invaluable advice and guidance of Jordi Arcarons.
“I am very pleased to have reached this important agreement of collaboration with Jordi Arcarons, Jolly Racing, after the successes in the Enduro World Championship, has decided to increase our presence in Rally Raid to point to new challenges and new goals. I place a lot of trust in the selection of Jordi Arcarons as a guide in these competitions. With the experience of so many rallies behind him, he is the right person to lead Jolly Rally Racing to new successes. We also want to share with fans and customers who want to rely on our organization that we can offer complete rally service from training to rental packages for bikes and assistance, always under the close supervision of our team manager, Jordi Arcarons.”
“For me it is very satisfying that I can make available to Jolly Rally Racing, my experience and my desire to succeed with all the potential that I have at my disposal. A very important aspect id the HM Honda choice of bike which has the right blend of power, reliability, and manageability required to meet all the demands of riders taking part in any rally. I am impressed by the strength of this team, which is driven by passion and the main goal to get results.”
“I have always believed in experience and professionalism to achieve successful results at any level. I am proud to be able to create this synergy with Jordi. I have known him for many years and he is an outstanding professional with enviable experience. I am convinced that together we can achieve the goals that we have set for ourselves and provide all the fans of this sport the reliability of our HM Honda for training as well as training for the fitness and navigation needed to complete these challenging races.”