Enjoying a strong season so far HÌ©lder Rodrigues will settle for nothing less than overall victory in Morocco, having claimed third overall at the second round of the championship in Qatar. Working hard during the past few months to further improve his speed and physical conditioning the Portuguese rider is now ready to take on the last big competitive challenge before the prestigious Dakar.
"I've worked hard during the past few months contesting various enduro and baja events, so I'm ready to battle for the top at the Morocco Rally," Rodrigues said. "Getting a good result at this rally will also be a psychological boost for the Dakar. I feel that with the latest version of our bike we've made another step forwards. I feel all the pieces of the puzzle are exactly where they need to be. We've proved we can be both fast and consistent, so if we continue working as hard it won't take long for the results to come."
Rodrigues' teammate Adrien Van Beveren enters the OiLibya Morocco Rally confident he can continue his impressive run of form. Along with a solid third overall at the Merzouga Rally, the Frenchman has won individual stages more than once this season. Knowing that another podium finish is well within his reach, Adrien will look to gain even more experience in navigation and long rally stages.
"I'm really happy to meet with all my team again, in Morocco," Van Beveren said. "HÌ©lder and Alessandro are like my brothers now and together with Rodney we have a very strong team. We started working on the new bike last July, during our week-long testing session again in Morocco. We've worked hard since then to perfect every little detail so now we have a machine that's easier to ride and even more reliable. For me personally, I feel I'm still learning the tricks of rally racing. Last week we did some navigation training with our Sports Manager Jordi Arcarons here in Morocco. I have to be patient and take each day of the rally as a new challenge. Obviously the ultimate goal is to be 100% ready for the Dakar next January."