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Michael Metge Joins Team HRC To Strengthen 2016 Dakar Assult

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Team HRC have signed French rider Michael Metge to the ranks of the rally team as it looks to strengthen the squad ahead of the season‰Ûªs greatest challenge, the Rally Dakar.

Michael Metge will join Joan Barreda, Paulo Goncalves and JeremÌ_as Israel as Team HRC reinforces its line-up to tackle the forthcoming challenges. The Frenchman, with a demanding and methodical approach to preparation, is an experienced and knowledgeable rider, with a hard-working attitude that will see him slot comfortably into the Team HRC structure.

"For me, the Dakar has always been my goal." Metge commented. "Ever since I was small, I was always with Honda, the brand that I dreamt about.

"In France we have had some legendary Honda riders such as JMB ‰ÛÒ Jean-Michel Bayle - who was my idol. To be back riding a Honda with Team HRC is really a dream come true. I‰Ûªll form part of a highly professional team that develops the best technology in the world of offroad.

"I know Joan and Paulo, who are really fast and it will be a great honour to be alongside them. Also, I have been lucky enough to spend a year as Cyril Despres‰Ûª water-carrier which was a very fulfilling experience for me. This will be very helpful for me for supporting Joan and Paulo at Honda.

"I‰Ûªm also lucky to have been a mechanic, as my parents had a workshop and that‰Ûªs a real bonus. I like technical and mechanical stuff especially when a quick solution has to be found with the minimum material. I think that this is a very positive asset."

The rider is set to make his debut on the Honda CRF450 RALLY in the third and final rally of the Dakar Series ‰ÛÒ the DesafÌ_o Inca ‰ÛÒ to be held in Peru from 11th to 13th September.

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