The season’s blue riband event for the Monster Energy Honda Team is, without doubt, the Dakar Rally. Now, thanks to an agreement reached with Garmin, the five team riders will be taking the brand’s equipment along for the world’s toughest ride. The team will be kitted out with the latest product – the Garmin GPSMAP 267Cx – as Monster Energy Honda Team once again tackles the epic South American odyssey.
The Monster Energy Honda Team media presentation at the squad’s Barcelona HQ saw the announcement of a deal struck up with Garmin, market leader in GPS devices, ahead of the forthcoming Rally Dakar 2017. Garmin technologies will equip the Monster Energy Honda Team vehicles on the Dakarian adventure which sets off on January 2 from Paraguay and concludes in Buenos Aires on January 14.
The five team riders Paulo Gonçalves, Michael Metge, Ricky Brabec, Kevin Benavides and Joan Barreda have been training over recent weeks with the new all-terrain GPS navigator, the Garmin GPSmap 276Cx. The instrument has been designed to engage with the Russian GLONASS satellite system and features a large five-inch sunlight-readable display, a barometric altimeter and a 3-axis compass.
“It is the pre-loaded European maps with all the offroad tracks and paths which are passable for motor vehicles, that make the Garmin GPSMAP 276Cx the only instrument of its type in the world, outlined Martino Bianchi, General Manager of the Monster Energy Honda Team. For us, this is an essential characteristic for planning our training which is as close as possible to the type of conditions that the riders will face in the actual races.