Two-rider Husqvarna attack heading to Dakar Rally 2019

Pablo Quintanilla and Andrew Short spearhead a sweet and neat two-man Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing squad for the 41st Dakar Rally in Peru.


The Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing team and riders, Pablo Quintanilla and Andrew Short, are all set for the biggest challenge in rally racing – the Dakar Rally – in Peru during January 6-17, 2019. 

Two-time FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Champion, Pablo Quintanilla will make the short trip from his home nation Chile north to Peru aiming for victory. 

Quintanilla wrapped up the 2018 FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship as runner-up. Entering what will be the seventh Dakar of his career in 2019, the Chilean says taking each day at a time is key to success: “My personal goal is to be giving 100% of my effort on each day and in each stage. This is what will make me happy and will also allow me to battle for the overall victory. My priority is to take one day at a time, trying to stay focused on my goals and also trying to enjoy what I am doing."


Pablo Quintanilla HQV Dakar 2019 Enduro21


Pablo Quintanilla – “The 2019 Dakar will be shorter and more intense, but I want to do my job and race for the win.”


Short Quintanilla HQV Dakar 2019 Enduro21 840


Short looking good in Peruvian dunes

Andrew Short has sure put in the hours aboard his FR 450 Rally during his first full year of rally competition. In what will be his second Dakar, the American will be eyeing a good overall result in Peru in January. 

Short bagged his first major rally podium in this his first year of competition at the Desafio Inca Rally in September, on a course which Dakar will in part use in January: “I’ve learned a lot during the 2018 season and now I’m ready to put this experience to good use at the Dakar. It gives me extra confidence knowing that the 2019 Dakar will take place in Peru. I am looking forward to going back racing in the massive Peruvian dunes.” 

“My goal for the coming Dakar is not on a number or place, it’s just to continue to race with the top guys. I want to be even more competitive in January and be as close as possible to the front.” 


Andrew Short HQV Dakar 2019 Enduro21


Pela Renet – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Rally Team Manager says the riders are in top form heading into Dakar: “In 2018 Pablo was battling for victories in every race he took part in. We want him to maintain that same momentum heading to Peru. We know he has the experience and speed to battle for victory and we will do everything possible to make it happen for him. 

“As for Andrew, he earned his first podium in Peru in September and he is feeling comfortable racing in sandy conditions. We want to see him continue making progress in 2019. The atmosphere within our team is great and our riders are happy with the performance of our rally bikes. With the coming Dakar featuring just 10 stages, we expect the pace to be high. It’ll be an intense race for everyone.”


Pela Renet HQV Dakar Team 2019 Enduro21


Kicking off on January 6 in Lima, the 2019 edition of the Dakar Rally features a route entirely within Peru. With 10 demanding rally stages and approximately 70% being sandy dunes, the event is widely expected to be tough on all competitors.

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Jon Pearson
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