Husqvarnas stiller i år med fire offisielle førere som er klare til dyst: Joan Barreda (Spanis), som var vinner av det siste Pharoans Rally og en andreplass Marocco Rally, Paulo Goncalves (Portugal), Alessandro Botturi (Italia) og Australieren Matt Fish.
Modellen de skal bruke i år er en Husqvarna TE449RR av Speedbrain som teamet også brukte i alle konkurransene de har deltatt på i 2012 i verdensmesterskapet i FIM Cross Country Rallies der de halte i land en andreplass.
“Rallies, in general, and especially Dakar” – comments Klaus Allisat Pre
sident of Husqvarna Motorcycles – “are strong and growing communication channels which attract people and have a worldwide media visibility. Husqvarna is a global player which is expanding its business into new markets and this visibility helps us to increase our brand awareness. I’m really confident in our team and I can say we have been working hard to be a protagonist. The bike, the Husqvarna TE449 RR, is competitive and has already showed itself to be fast and reliable. Finally, our riders have worked hard to be perfectly fit for the race, so we’ll be expecting to be on the podium as many times as possible in this race”.
“We can’t wait for the Dakar Rally to get started and are well equipped for this endurance test,” said Husqvarna Rallye Team by Speedbrain, Team Manager Wolfgang Fischer, “The summer preparations ran superbly. We have further developed and optimized the Husqvarna TE449RR by Speedbrain, and our riders have shown regularly during the season that they are capable of competing with the best in the world. They have a say in who wins and who ends up on the podium. And that is also what we have set our sights on for the ‘Dakar’. I would like to thank all the team members, riders, mechanics and engineers who have been so committed and worked so hard on this project. A huge thank you goes to the BMW Group and Husqvarna Motorcycles in Varese.”