One of the yearly big “adventure” motor-sport events is the Dakar Rally. The 2018 race will dash through Peru, Bolivia and Argentina. In this rider and machine testing event, there will be three riders on Kawasaki motorcycles. We all know, you could do the Dakar Rally on a KLR 650, but you would not stand a chance to win it, and maybe you would look for an early finish of the race, because not being able to complete stages within the available time limits. The KLR 650 is a donkey, it will do almost everything and take you everywhere, but for the Dakar, you will need a race horse.
For three riders, the choice of weapon is the Kawasaki KX 450 F.
Of course the necessary modifications were done to make it work on the 14 days and 9000 km race, where 4500 km will be raced against the clock.
Patricio Cabrera from Chile did race the Dakar in 2017 and with the help of Kawasaki Chile, finished in the overall 33th position. Patricio will race again in 2018.
Cristobal Andres Guldman Gonzalez, a fellow countrymen of Patricio, also participated in the 2017 race and finished in an overall 65th position with th help of RPM- Marcelo Sánchez. We will see him at the start of the 2018 Dakar Rally again.
The Dakar race also not new for Emiliano Carbonero from Argentina. He finised the 2017 race in the overall 62nd place with the help of the RPM Kawasaki Team. He also will dash trough the start line of the rally this year.
We wish not just a successful race for the three Kawasaki riders, but a good time as well.
You can follow the 40th edition of the Dakar Rally on the official website and the web pages of the competitors, but I will try to give a regular summary of the motorcycle related events here as well.