Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing set for 2019 Dakar Rally action

Husqvarna Factory Rockstar Energy Team

January 04th, 2019


Pablo Quintanilla and Andrew Short are set to take to the start of the 2019 Dakar Rally on Monday in Lima, Peru. Spending months preparing for the event, the two Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing team riders will tackle the world’s most demanding rally aboard the newest version of the FR 450 Rally machine. 

Two-time FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Champion Pablo Quintanilla is aiming high at this year’s Dakar Rally. Eager to put his experience and raw speed to good use, the Chilean rally star will be launching an attack for the top step of the podium at this 41st edition of the prestigious rally. 

Contested exclusively in Peru, the 41st edition of the world-famous rally features 10 demanding stages in the sandy dunes of the South American country. Kicking off on January 6 in Lima, the 2019 Dakar Rally features a 5,000km loop in the southern part of Peru, with competitors scheduled to reach the finish line in Lima on January 17. 

Pablo Quintanilla: “I feel we’re in a good place right now. I’m in a great shape physically and I am really motivated to do well this year at the Dakar. I just can’t wait for the race to start so that all that hard work during the last few months starts to pay off. This Dakar will be different from the others. It is shorter but I think it will be harder. Riding in the dunes is always challenging and you end up spending a lot more energy. I expect the pace to be quite high and it will certainly feel like a two-week motocross race. My plan is to take each day separately and take advantage of any opportunity I have to attack. There will be three mass starts this year and that’s something we also need to take into consideration. I have my strategy on my mind and I will do my best to stick to the plan I’ve set for myself.”

Husqvarna Factory Rockstar Energy Team

Husqvarna Factory Rockstar Energy Team


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