The big favourites —KTM and Honda bikers, Mini and Toyota drivers and Kamaz truckers— are scheduled to go through administrative and technical scrutineering tomorrow, but their rivals already faced the microphones and cameras today. Honda, with Joan Barreda and Kevin Benavides, and Gerard de Rooy, who is back behind the wheel of his Iveco, are itching to take the fight to them. Robby Gordon, another serious outsider, will go through scrutineering tomorrow after an ill-timed setback. The majority of the S×S favourites went through the procedure today, including American whiz kid Casey Currie, who will fight for a top place against illustrious veterans of the quad and motorbike categories who have switched classes this year.
A contingent of more than 130 cars will be vying for the crown in their respective categories as this year’s edition of the Dakar rally gets underway on January 7. The Lima desert is the starting point as drivers competing in bike, quad, car, SXS and truck categories prepare to do battle on the gruelling terrain
Juan Carlos ‘Chavo’ Salvatierra is a great driver, a champion and a friend of the Dakar. We do not refuse its participation in the Dakar 2019 but the quad with which he wishes to dispute the rally is not in accordance with the rules of the race, which clearly state that the registered vehicles must be accessible to everyone and therefore produced in series. It is not the case of this quad, which is a prototype. We informed the driver about this situation on October 12th. Since then, we have spoken with him almost daily. However, the final validation of the vehicles and their crews is not definitive until the administrative and technical scrutineering process has been completed.