Multinational energy company HIMOINSA announces its arrival at Dakar 2015 with its own team
Riders Miguel Puertas, Rosa Romero and Antonio Gimeno will race the Dakar 2015 with the colours of the HIMOINSA TEAM. Yanmar, Vision Advisor and HIMOINSA are the official team sponsors.
With less than two months to go before the start of the toughest Rally Raid on the planet, Dakar 2015, Team HIMOINSA was presented to both the media and special guests at the official project début, held at HIMOINSA's main facilities in Spain, a Spanish multinational company specialised in the manufacturing and marketing of power generation systems.
The day started with an exhibition in the auditorium hall of the nine Dakar finisher medals won by Miguel Puertas. Along with the medals, the official uniform that the team will be wearing in the Dakar rally and two symbolic pictures of the riders were on display guarding the entrance to the auditorium. A few minutes after the scheduled time the presentation began with the première of the official HIMOINSA Team video recorded in south-eastern Morocco, in the area of the Erg Chebbi dunes.
After which a press conference was held, starting with some words from HIMOINSA executive director, Francisco Gracia, focusing on the determining factors that have led to the Spanish multinational continuing with its commitment to the Dakar rally, this year promoting the creation of a full team, with three motorcycle riders.
“We want to break onto the scene strongly with a leading team and make our début at Dakar 2015 with all our motards becoming finishers, reaching the podium in Buenos Aires. I also want to thank international companies Yanmar and Vision Advisors for wanting to embark on this journey with us.”
Multinational energy company HIMOINSA, began its relationship with Dakar ten years ago, having sponsored rider Miguel Puertas in the last ten editions of the world's toughest rally raid. For this upcoming edition of the rally, HIMOINSA has decided to take a leap forward and create its own team. A leap which is similar to that made by the company on the international scene, currently present in over 120 countries, with a wide distribution network, 8 manufacturing plants in North America, Brazil, France, Spain, India and China, and 10 commercial subsidiaries in Singapore, Dubai, Germany, Poland, Great Britain, Portugal, Angola, Mexico, Argentina and Panama. “The Dakar rally has many similarities for us with the corporate world. When a company is institutionalised it undergoes a series of difficulties; risks, adventure, sacrifice, etc., also a lot of passion needs to be put into the project", added Francisco Gracia, executive director of HIMOINSA.
Once the visible faces of the project were known,
the riders uncovered the bike they will be competing with at this year's Dakar. The KTM 450 EXC is the perfect combination of light weight and powerful SOHC 4T cutting-edge technology. During these months of hard work behind the scenes, the riders together with the team of mechanics have achieved an ideal setup to get the maximum performance from the bike, always responding to the ambitions of the team.
After the question and answer session with the media in attendance, the time came to pose for the family photo at the company's headquarters, where the rest of the elements which are vital for the team's successful performance in the competition were also gathered: The Scania R420 6x6 TT assistance truck with T5 setup, the team of mechanics formed by José Antonio Ruíz and Miguel Ángel Vicente-Ruíz and assistance truck driver Manuel Díaz Vera, involved in the project since its beginnings a decade ago.
At the same time, HIMOINSA is hosting an event with its distributors in Latin America. Technical seminars, product launches, market analysis and moments of conviviality with the HIMOINSA Team riders, such as guided tours of the bivouac, attendance at the briefing of the competitors and the podium in Buenos Aires; various activities that will allow our distributors to discover the spirit of Dakar.