- The General Deputy Director of High Level Competition of the CSD welcomes the team back from Dakar
- Luis Villanueva welcomes the HIMOINSA Team at the CSD headquarters to celebrate the team’s third consecutive performance as the best Spanish team, the best private team and best Spanish rider (Gerard Farrés) in Dakar.
- HRT announces the end of a project which started in Dakar 2015 and set the date for its final season in 2018, after achieving its proposed goals.
The General Deputy Director of High Level Competition, Mr. Jesús Villanueva, hosted a welcoming for the members of the HIMOINSA Team at the Spanish Sports Council headquarters in Madrid, to celebrate another successful year as the best private team, best Spanish team and best Spanish rider in the motorcycle category of the Dakar rally.
Miguel Puertas, Gerard Farrés, Dani Oliveras, Iván Cervantes, Marc Solà and Rosa Romero shared their experiences throughout this historic 40th edition Dakar with the media on hand. A Dakar that has been listed as one of the toughest ever held, but the HIMOINSA Team has once again stood out among the best.
Gerard Farrés managed to fight until the end for the third position on the podium, which he already achieved in 2017, finishing with an incredible fifth place, which makes him the best Spanish and private rider in the motorcycles category for the third consecutive year. Farrés, who announced at the start of the race that this would be his last Dakar on a motorcycle, has had the best possible ending to his two decades of elite off road motorcycling.
Without a doubt, this 2018 Dakar will be remembered as the Dakar that saw the birth of a new star with a great future, judging by Dani Oliveras’ performances, which cemented him as the race’s revelation, achieving his best result out of four participations, sneaking into the Top 10 and finishing within the best five in several stages.
In his first year dressed in red, Marc Solà not only adapted perfectly to the HIMOINSA Team, but he became a fundamental pillar in the team’s great result, reaching the Top 20 to claim his best classification in Dakar.
Another of the key figures in Dakar 2018 was the five-time Enduro World Champion, Iván Cervantes, who managed to overcome the serious physical and technical problems he suffered throughout the race to reach the finish line in Córdoba, withstanding one of the hardest Dakars in History.
Finally, Rosa Romero, who was on her way to being second in the female motorcycle category, until a fall, just three days from the end, forced her to abandon the race. However, she still left proof, for yet another year, of her strength and expertise in the challenging conditions which entail racing Dakar.
Five riders who have made the HIMOINSA Team a reference in the toughest race in the world under the direction of Miguel Puertas. After more than a decade of support to Spanish riders, and three years of being the best private team, the best Spanish team and having the best Spanish rider in Gerard Farrés (with the milestone of his historic podium in 2017) the HIMOINSA Team puts an end to a golden era for Spanish motorcycling, and does so in the home of Spanish sports.
This was made for public by Miguel Puertas, who took advantage of this meeting to officially announce the end of the HIMOINSA Racing Team project. “After racing by myself for a few years, we decided to make a team for Dakar 2015, alongside Rosa Romero and Antonio Gimeno. After the promising results, we decided to set up a 3-year project, with its end after Dakar 2018. We have achieved the goals we set at the beginning, so now it’s time to put an end so what has been the best private team in history, Dakar’s Red Army.”
“I must confess that I could not have had a better end to my motorcycling career than being part of the HIMOINSA Team. When I signed with this team three years ago I knew it was a promising project, but I never imagined that we would end up being the best Spaniards in Dakar for three consecutive years. I only have words of gratitude for my colleagues and all the people who have been a part of this project.”
“We are very proud to have written a golden page in the history of Spanish sport and Dakar rally. Personally, I am grateful to HIMOINSA for all the support they gave me in my time as a rider and, of course, their trust in me to lead this project for the last three years and achieving this success. It has been a real pleasure to work with this team where riders, mechanics and all the members of the HIMOINSA Team have managed to form a great family.”
Source official press release