Husqvarna UK will be sponsoring the legendary Dakar racer Simon Pavey as part of his UK based Team Delta Kunststoffe Husqvarna UK. Riding a specially adapted Husqvarna TE449, this will be the ninth time Simon has raced in this epic off-road enduro event. He has already secured an amazing seven finisher’s medals to date. The 2013 edition will see Simon returning with a support crew to compete in the Marathon Class. This newest edition of the Dakar rally will start for the first time in the Peruvian capital Lima, before heading into Argentina and finishing in Santiago, Chile.
Simon said “The Dakar is in my blood and to return for 2013 is extremely exciting. This time I’m riding the Husqvarna TE449. It’s a fantastic bike and I love the engine, I’ve been riding it all year and it’s proved to be really good. It’s a tried and tested bike now, we know what’s strong and the small areas we need to improve and come the start of the Rally I’m confident I’ll be sat on the best bike I’ve ever had.”
“The Dakar is a real challenge, a real adventure, full of massive unknowns and risks, but that’s what makes it great to ride.”
The Husqvarna TE449 production bike forms the basis for the rally special, the Husqvarna has been developed and refined into the perfect race bike. The TE449 recently proved its racing credentials when Joan Barreda rode it to victory in the 2012 Pharoans Rally in Egypt as part of the Husqvarna Rallye Team by Speedbrain.
Using the experience Simon gained from the 2011 Dakar rally, the TE449 has been refined and redeveloped to create what will be one of the strongest and most reliable race bikes in the field.
The Husqvarna TE449 is one of the lightest, most nimble and easy to ride rally bikes on the market and with a strong, reliable six-speed gear box it is a proven finisher. With one Dakar of testing by former factory rider Pedro Bianchi Prata, Simon’s previous Dakar rides and the knowledge gained on the bike, it has shown it to be incredibly strong in stock trim and only needs a few minor modifications to be Dakar worthy.
See Simon’s 2013 Husqvarna Dakar bike on the Husqvarna stand at Motorcycle Live. Simon will also be at the show from Saturday 24th to Wednesday 28th November and will be happy to answer questions about his forthcoming Dakar adventure.
Keep up with Simon’s 2013 Dakar story at www.simonpavey.com