Husqvarna Rallye Team By Speedbrain Earns Six Podiums And One Victory
The highlights were six podium finishes and one stage victory. This was part of the initial objective, which the team had targetted for the Dakar 2012. The team was consistenly fast with two riders regularly up front - even if the aim to put one pilot on the overall podium couldn't be fulfilled.
The outstanding motivation of the team was tested with the jury decision against Paulo Goncalves. Also, Joan Barreda experienced bad luck during the stages three and four, when the talented Spaniard suffered from a crash and a broken rear wheel, which costed him a lot of valuable time. Barreda couldn´t make up the loss until the race end.
By the way: Joan Barreda was by many considered the revelation of this year´s Dakar. He was matching the speed of the top riders and is regarded as a man of the future.
1. Cyril Despres (FRA) KTM 43:28:11 hrs
2. Marc Coma (SPA) KTM, 53:20 min behind
3. Helder Rodrigues (POR) Yamaha, 1:11:17
4. Jordi Viladoms (SPA) KTM, 1:40:56
5. Stefan Svitko (SVK) KTM, 1:47:28
11. Joan Barreda (SPA) Husqvarna Rallye Team by Speedbrain, 3:37:25
19. Zé Hélio (BRA) Husqvarna Rallye Team by Speedbrain, 6:16:35
23. Jose Manuel Pellicer (SPA), Husqvarna Rallye Team by Speedbrain, 7:41:09
26. Paulo Goncalves (POR) Husqvarna Rallye Team by Speedbrain, 8:10:26
41.Pedro Bianchi Prata (Husqvarna)
71.Jorge Gomez (Husqvarna)
83.Rodrigo Illanes (Husqvarna)
Manufacturer´s/Team statistics, podium finishes
1. KTM, 27
2. Husqvarna Rallye Team by Speedbrain, 6
3. Yamaha, 2
3. Sherco, 2
5. Aprilia, 1
5. Honda, 1
BMW Motorrad Factory Rider Melandri Keeping In Shape On His Husky
During the winter break from the Superbike World Championship, Marco Melandri is keeping his concentration in shape on the Husqvarna TC250.
BMW Motorrad factory rider Marco Melandri (ITA) still feels the need for speed on two wheels, even during the winter break from the FIM Superbike World Championship. His preparation programme for the 2012 season includes off-road training sessions on a Husqvarna TC 250. In order to be fit for his World Championship outings on the BMW S 1000 RR, Melandri can regularly be found on the Husqvarna 250cc Motocross bike.
"I ride a lot, almost every week," says Melandri. "I like riding with friends, mainly just to have fun. We find nice routes, enjoy the views and stop somewhere for lunch. I really enjoy riding the bike. I love it. It is perfect for me – it is easy to ride. I also like the fact that it does not have a kick-starter, but an electric start, as I am quite small."
Off-road tours on the Husqvarna TC250 are more than just a pleasant leisure activity for Melandri: they also play an important role in his preparations for the Superbike World Championship.
"It is the best way to train my concentration," Melandri explains. "In the gym you can chat with other people or think about other things. On a bike, however, you have to remain focused. While the test ban is in place during the winter, riding an off-road bike is the best opportunity to practice this."
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