Joan Barreda and the CRF450 RALLY 2 1200

Team HRC will be sponsored by Monster Energy for the 2017 Dakar Rally with Kevin Benavides, Joan Barreda, Ricky Brabec, Paulo Goncalves and Michael Metge spearheading Honda’s rally effort.

Honda Racing Corporation takes great pleasure in welcoming Monster Energy – producer of energy drinks – to the ranks of the official Honda HRC Rally Team.

Announced at EICMA, Monster Energy become the Rally team’s leading collaborator. The team will now be known as: Monster Energy Honda Team.

Paulo Goncalves monster energy hrc honda rally 1200

Monster Energy unites with Team HRC in a long term agreement for the rally team project. Monster Energy is an energetic and youthful brand, strongly linked to motorsport, and in particular, motorcycle racing. The company has strong faith in the commitment and ambition of Team HRC and their desire to accomplish the main aim of winning the Rally Dakar.

“The Dakar is the ultimate challenge for every off-road enthusiast. It’s much more than a race, it’s a pure human adventure and teaming up with Factory Honda could not have been a better partner,” said Mitch Covington, vice president of sports marketing, Monster Energy.

The Monster Energy Honda Team set for Rally Dakar 2017 2 1200

Tetsuhiro Kuwata, Honda Racing Corporation Director and General Manager: “We’re really proud to start this collaboration with Monster Energy for the Dakar Project. This partnership will help and strengthen the team in its goal: to conquer the Dakar Rally”.

Monster Energy’s image will be displayed on various parts of the Honda CRF450 RALLY and likewise will emblazon the equipment and outfits of riders, team members and Team HRC’s support vehicles.