|Results under validation|
|10||Adrien VAN BEVEREN||24|
|Results under validation|
|Results under validation|
|1||Mohammed AL BALOOSHI||33|
|10||Sultan AL BALOOSHI||15|
We are very happy to have a new team member. José Ignacio Cornejo took to the part really well, and we were pleased with him and the way that he integrated so quickly into the Monster Energy Honda Team. He’s a lad that’s easy to get on with and everyone in the team really likes him. After what he did in the Dakar, it seemed like the most natural thing to do to incorporate him into the team with the other young riders to help them grow in the sport. Let’s hope that he adapts as quickly as possible and hopefully we will be able to achieve great successes together. We wish him all the best.
I’m really happy to have signed for the Monster Energy Honda Team as one of the HRC riders. In the Dakar I had the opportunity to enter into a great team, even though I knew it was just for the one race. Now I’m really motivated and I hope to be able to bring a lot to the team. It’s an important step for my career – something that, for a long time, I’ve been hoping for. I’m really pleased to be here as we start things off. I will give it my best shot.
|4||Nasser Saleh Al Attiya||30||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||60||0||90pts|
|5||José Luis Pena Campo||0||0||22||14||6||3||3||5||11||6||5||75pts|
|9||Yasir Hamad Seaidan||10||16||0||32||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||58pts|
|13||Adel Hussain Abdulla||0||3||6||0||2||3||3||7||9||2||0||35pts|
|=||Fernando Alvarez Castellano||6||0||0||0||0||6||6||0||0||0||0||18pts|
|=||Bernhard Ten Brinke||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||16||0||16pts|
|26||Xavier Pons Puigdollers||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||12||0||0||0||12pts|
|=||Erik Van Loon||0||0||0||4||0||0||8||0||0||0||0||12pts|
|=||Isidre Esteve Pujol||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||4||0||4pts|
"to become a reference as service provider in SxS vehicles, providing to our customers a premium, personalized and professional service at a great cost."
"We felt this was the best moment to invest in this sport. So we will try to change the game, being different than the other teams and to meet our customers demands”, he said.
"It has been a very hard and difficult race. The riders liked it a lot and it was a race where the new organization, with David Castera at the helm, was successful; we must congratulate them for this new adventure. The balance for the team has had some positive parts and others not so much, such as the injury to Kevin Benavides after a fall in the first stage. Fortunately, it was not what they initially told us and soon he will be on the bike again. We also hope that Joan is better very shortly.
We are happy for Ricky's third place in Morocco, which was a hard-fought one when you consider how hard this race has been. The rest of the riders had some problems with the navigation, losing some minutes that are always very difficult to make up. The whole team has been put to the test ahead of the Dakar, to get all the machinery working at its most effective. We want to thank all the sponsors and collaborators, plus HRC and Honda who has given us such great material to be able to have an excellent motorcycle that will allow us to win and be ahead in the races. Thanks also to all the fans who support us and to whom we hope to make happy in the next big challenge: the 2019 Dakar Rally."
|16-18 February||Russia||Baja Russia-Northern Forest|
|10-11 March||Abu Dhabi||Dubai International Baja|
|24-29 March||Abu Dhabi||Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge|
|17-22 April||Qatar||Qatar Cross Country Rally|
|27 May – 2 June||Kazakhstan||Rally Kazakhstan|
|21-24 June||Italy||Italian Baja|
|20-22 July||Spain||Baja España Aragόn Teruel|
|9-12 August||Hungary||Hungarian Baja|
|30 August – 2 September||Poland||Baja Poland|
|7-13 October||Morocco||Rallye Oilibya du Maroc|
|25-27 October||Portugal||Baja Portalegre 500|
FIM have unveiled the FIM Cross-Country Rally World Championship and FIM Bajas World Cup 2019 provisional calendars
FIM Cross-Country Rally World Championship
30 March - 4 April --- UAEMC Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge United Arab Emirates
7 - 19 July MFR --- Silk Way Rally Russia-Mongolia-China
1 - 7 September --- FMC Atacama Rally Chile
3 – 9 October --- FRMM Rallye du Maroc Morocco
FIM Bajas World Cup
7 - 9 March --- UAEMC Dubai International Baja United Arab Emirates
23 - 24 March --- FMP Baja Do Pinhal Portugal
26 - 28 July --- RFME Baja Aragon Spain
9 - 11 August --- MAMS Hungarian Baja Hungary
Source: FIM Communications
In the last FIA World Motor Sport Council of 2018, that took place in the past 12 of october, FIA formalized the decision to split in two different competitions the actual FIA World cup for Cross Country Rallies, giving place to the FIA International Cup for Cross Country Bajas and to a new version of the FIA World Cup for Cross Country Rallies.
The idea of pushing forward and strengthening the actual FIA World Cup and even turning it into a World Championship was abandoned, and the actual "co-existent" formulas of Baja and Rally will have their own separated competition.
Despite the division, FIA pretends, as they said in the press release: " to help encourage more competitors to participate and improve accessibility for young drivers."
Much likely the baja competition will be like a "training ground" for the more demanding rallies competition, allowing the drivers to have their contact with the sport, gaining knowledge and experience while at the same time gaining some trophies.
FIA didn't present yet the schedules for this new competitions, but looking to 2018 season the races that can be part new Baja Cup are the Baja Russia Northern Forest, Italian Baja, Dubai International Baja, Baja Aragon, Hungarian Baja, Baja Poland and Baja Portalegre. Jordan Baja, which was raced this year as a "candidate" will also likely be part of the new season. And, until the new calendar's release, there is always a possibility of some of the older events to be left out.
Looking for the new FIA IA World Cup for Cross Country Rallies, the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge, the Qatar Rally, Rally Kazakhstan and Rallye du Maroc could be part of the next season. It's is not know if any new races will enter, but there are some events that could join in, like the new Turkmen Desert Race.
“I am really excited to be a part of Hero MotoSports Team Rally. The way this team performed in the 1st year and at the Dakar was really impressive and in a way I see a lot of synergy between what I want to do and the team’s vision. I am looking forward to training with this team and racing along JRod and C S Santosh.”
“ After the first yearwith Hero MotoSports, we are happy to have the chance to work with another promising rider, Oriol Mena, who we know since many years in the off-road sport. We think he fits very well into our structure and objectives, and would be a good addition alongside team mates JRod and CS. His inclusion will reinforce our efforts to build up Hero MotoSports with super-motivated, professional newcomers in the Rally scene.”
“We extend a warm welcome to Oriol Mena into Hero MotoSports Team Rally. He is a natural talent and offers great promise if trained well. We are very excited at the team’s prospects in upcoming rallies with another strong rider added to the mix. This initiative is a testimony of the long term vision we have drawn for the Hero MotoSports Team Rally and our continuous endeavour to keep improving our performance on all fronts. Our best wishes to Oriol for a successful career in Rally racing with Hero MotoSports.”
|2019 FIA WORLD CUP for Cross Country – RALLIES|
|21-26 February||Manateq Qatar Cross‐Country Rally||Qatar|
|30 March - 04 April||Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge||UAE|
|05-11 May||Turkmen Desert Race||Turkmenistan|
|26 May - 01 June||Rally Kazakhstan||Kazakhstan|
|04-08 October||Rallye du Maroc||Morocco|
|2019 FIA WORLD CUP for Cross Country - BAJAS|
|14-17 February||Baja Russia‐Northern Forest||Russia|
|07-09 March||Dubai Baja||UAE|
|20-23 June||Italian Baja||Italy|
|25-28 July||Baja España Aragón||Spain|
|08-11 August||Hungarian Baja||Hungary|
|29 August - 01 September||Baja Poland||Poland|
|19-21 September||Jordan Baja||Jordan|
|24-26 October||Baja Portalegre 500||Portugal|
“I’m very pleased to be able to be behind the wheel again after the Dakar adventure and I am looking forward to working with South Racing and Scott Abraham. His team has been extremely supportive in putting the project together. It’s a chance to work with one of the best off-road racing teams in the world and to continue to enjoy this great passion of mine.
I hope I can contribute in the best way to South Racing and Can-Am’s expansion in the market and, at the same time, continue to raise awareness for my charities, particularly APPACDM do Porto, which continues to dignify the lives of the disabled citizen.”
“It’s a great opportunity to work with André and the complete team is looking forward to the events ahead. André is an ambassador to several charities and he is a big believer in giving back. He is also mad about anything with two and four wheels and I am sure the Can-Am Maverick X3 will keep him busy, having fun and also give him valuable seat time.”
One of the big moves of the season can be just about a few days to receive the final confirmation: According to recent news and comments, Nani Roma is going to switch cars once more, leaving behind the Toyota and returning to the driving seat of a Mini from the German team X-Raid.
Nani Roma has already won the Dakar Rally with a Mini, back in 2014, and both the team and the driver are determined to repeat it very soon, if possible already in the next edition of the world's toughest rally.
X-Raid could have offered Nani Roma special conditions to secure the return of the Catalan to their driver line-up. One of these conditions can be complete liberty to help develop the latest version of the Mini John Cooper Works to the taste of the Catalan. X-Raid is also developing a 2WD Buggy for the rallies, but we still need to wait and see what is the decision of the team and the driver after the change in regulations that will affect this category.
As for the requests of Nani Roma, keeping his sponsor Monster Energy and his co-driver Álex Haro can be among them.
The most recent news treat the deal between X-Raid and Nani Roma as fact, with Roma already being involved in a test program to prepare for the next edition of the Dakar Rally in South America in January 2018.