Baja Inka: Penultimate test before the Dakar

Kevin Benavides © DR

Monster Energy Honda Team next week dispute the Baja Inka 2017 Paracas 1000, to be held in the same Peruvian desert that will later host the opening of the 2018 Dakar Rally.

The action-packed summer for Monster Energy Honda Team, with races in Spain, the United States, Chile and Argentina, wraps up with the participation in Peru’s Baja Inka in September. The rally will be battled out over four days as riders tackle more than 1000 kilometres of dunes and desert in Ica and Paracas.


Monster Energy Honda Team will be represented by the trio of Paulo Gonçalves, Kevin Benavides and Michael Metge, in a race which will have its base in the city of Paracas to the south of the country’s capital Lima. Proceedings for the Baja Inka 2017 get underway with the administrative checks, ahead of the technical ‘shakedown’, both scheduled for 13th September, prior to first full stage on the following day.

Paulo Goncalves : « This rally, which I wasn’t expecting to race in, will be really good for the team, particularly for me. It’s important to get a first contact with the dunes and the navigation in the Peru desert. It will be much more than just training and we are confident to keep working on the Honda CRF450 Rally and carry on getting great results for the team before the Dakar. »
Kevin Benavides : « For me, getting to race in Peru before we do it next January is really important. I feel comfortable in the dunes and I am hoping to get another good result after the ones in August in the Atacama and the Desaf