2012 Dakar RallyFour out of five riders piloting Speedbrain Husvarna 450 RR Rally motorcycles finished the 2012 Dakar Rally, which took riders almost 5,600 miles from Mar Del Plata, Argentina, through Chile to end in Lima, Peru.
All together, the Husqvarna motorcycles performed without any mechanical issues, and landed on the podium six times during the 2012 Dakar Rally stages with riders Joan Barreda and Paulo Goncalves.But there was some issues – Barreda experienced bad luck during the stages three and four, when the talented Spaniard suffered from a crash and a broken rear wheel, which cost him a lot of valuable time. Barreda couldn’t make up the loss until the race end.Husqvarna says “By the way: Joan Barreda was by many considered the revelation of this year´s Dakar. He was matching the speed of the top riders and is regarded as a man of the future.”2012 Dakar Rally Motorcycle Results:1. Cyril Despres (FRA) KTM 43:28:11 hrs 2. Marc Coma (SPA) KTM, 53:20 min behind 3. Helder Rodrigues (POR) Yamaha, 1:11:17 4. Jordi Viladoms (SPA) KTM, 1:40:56 5. Stefan Svitko (SVK) KTM, 1:47:28 11. Joan Barreda (SPA) Husqvarna Rallye Team by Speedbrain, 3:37:25 19. Zé Hélio (BRA) Husqvarna Rallye Team by Speedbrain, 6:16:35 23. Jose Manuel Pellicer (SPA), Husqvarna Rallye Team by Speedbrain, 7:41:09 26. Paulo Goncalves (POR) Husqvarna Rallye Team by Speedbrain, 8:10:26 41.Pedro Bianchi Prata (Husqvarna) 71.Jorge Gomez (Husqvarna) 83.Rodrigo Illanes (Husqvarna)2012 Dakar Rally: Manufacturers/Team statistics/podium finishes:1. KTM, 27 2. Husqvarna Rallye Team by Speedbrain, 6 3. Yamaha, 2 3. Sherco, 2 5. Aprilia, 1 5. Honda, 1
KTM Super ADV R + Lightning Motorcycles’ Richard Hatfield
byMotos and Friends by Ultimate Motorcycle
Hello everyone and welcome once again to Motos and Friends—the weekly Podcast brought to you by the editorial team at Ultimate Motorcycling. My name is Arthur Coldwells.
In this week’s first segment, Editor Don Williams rides KTM’s new 1290 Super Adventure R. This hardcore ADV bike is big, powerful, and a true expert-level machine. Interestingly, it has multiple points of adjustment within its highly capable electronics package, and Don discovered several big surprises where the bike changed personality completely. His is an intriguing look at one of the most capable off road ADV bikes on the market today.
In the second segment, I chat with Richard Hatfield, CEO of Lightning motorcycles. This silicon valley based manufacturer was founded in 2006, and having racked up several notable race victories (including Pikes Peak in 2013 with the late Carlin Dunne on board) Lightning have certainly dominated in racing terms. In another first, Lightning has just announced a new rapid-charging battery technology that may well bring electric motorcycles into becoming real-world, practical transport.
So from all of us here at Motos & Friends… we hope you enjoy this episode!