Former World Enduro Champion, Mathias Bellino has been testing the Rally Team HRC Honda CRF450 Rally in Argentina prompting the obvious question could he be making the jump from enduro to rally racing?
The French rider has been teasing "something big" was happening over recent social media posts but finally bust out with the news he’s no doubt been itching to tell.
The HRC team is on a roll with Kevin Benvides having just won the Atacama Rally and currently sitting joint leader in the World Cross-Country Rallies Championship. But long-standing HRC hot shot, Joan Barreda is plagued with crashes and injuries and it could be Bellino takes up some of that limelight at Honda.
It comes as good news for Rally and Mathias but also shows Honda's intent to take on KTM is not letting up. Having a strong team of potential rally winners works for the riders in orange - it looks like the red corner are following suit.