Clutch, first gear, throttle and … go! The HIMOINSA Racing Team is up and running. The greatest Spanish team in the race has completed the first day of the 2016 Dakar.
Today was a very complete day, so much due to the sensations as due to the busy schedule: the day started early in the morning with the Rider Briefing , the first of 13 to be held and the most crowded. After the first instructions came the most touching moment, when all 556 competitors soundly applauded Marc Coma at his appearance on stage at the Auditorium of Technopolis. The Dakar family welcomes their new sporting director.
Then another briefing. This time the HIMOINSA Team with the latest guidelines from Team Manager to the five riders and assistants. Exciting moments for Rosa, Dani, Gerard, Antonio and Ivan, who minutes later would put their jerseys on and be directed to the Closed Park to fetch their KTM’s to face this first stage.
There is no turning back. The starting podium produced a picture to remember: Ivan Cervantes starting his first Dakar. After having won everything in enduro, today his dream being at this amazing event came true. Beside him, Gerard, Antonio, Rosa and Dani greeted the excited audience on their way to the link that would take them to the first stage of the race: a short itinerary of only 11km.
The HIMOINSA riders crossed the finish line very satisfied with their the top ten, only 9 seconds behind the leader, and the rest of the team ranked above their expectations, and finished the stage without problems. Once finished, another liaison toward the end of the day in Rosario, where the rally will return in 14 days, this time as the finish line.