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Team HRC Head Back To Work Ahead Of Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge

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Team HRC head back into action returns once more when they head to the sand dunes for the first race of the FIM Cross Country Rallies World Championship ‰ÛÒ the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge that fires into life this weekend.

Team HRC have now put the Dakar Rally escapade behind them and this weekend it will be all sights set on the next adventure, as the Emirate of Abu Dhabi looms on the horizon, signalling the first date of a new world championship.

Paulo Gon̤alves holds particularly fond memories of the event, having had his name and that of Honda etched into the winners list for the first time in last year‰Ûªs edition.

Likewise, the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge will serve as a crucial test to scout for promising new talent who might one day make up the Team HRC ranks. The squad will thus line up stalwarts Paulo Gon̤alves and Joan Barreda alongside youngster Ricky Brabec, who gets to savour the Honda CRF450 RALLY for the first time.

Team HRC has signed up Brabec for the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge to weigh up whether the American could slot into the outfit at a future date. Last year Ricky Brabec triumphed in the AMA Hare & Hound 2014 Championship, in addition to winning the San Felipe 250, Baja 500 and Baja 1000.

"Team HRC is ready to compete in the first round of the FIM Cross-Countries Rally World Championship of 2015 at the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge. After a well-deserved break after the Dakar Rally, we‰Ûªve got our energy back and the riders have undergone an intensive physical training and are keen to go at the next race and show their performance." Team HRC Team Manager Wolfgang Fischer said.

"Paolo Goncalves, who was the winner of last year‰Ûªs Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge and runner-up in the world championship is here to try and defend his title, with the proven assistance of his team-mate Joan Barreda, who will be hoping to get a better result after his bad luck in the Dakar.

"Joining the two guys is a new face in the team, a young guy from the USA, Ricky Brabec who will be here to put his talent for rally on display and get some support for the team from the younger generation.

"All in all, everything went well in the preparations and we are looking forward to administrative checks and the first stage in two days.

The rally will consist of a short Super Special on the afternoon of Saturday March 28, to be followed by five stages out in the Liwa desert to the south of the country‰Ûªs capital, made up mainly of lengthy stretches of dunes. In total, 2,091.78 kilometres and, of these, 1,306.27 km special stage.

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