The Spanish Gas Gas brand, for the fourth year will participate officially in the Dakar Rally, and will do a complete team structure where they highlight their factory riders, Gerard Farrés, Marc Guasch, Dani Oliveras and Miguel Puertas, as well as additional rider/customers of the brand. This year Gas Gas tripled its presence in the Dakar Rally, – the toughest race in the world – by entering a total of nine Gas Gas EC 450 Raid bikes, a fact that proves the customers confidence in the products of the brand, manufactured by hand in the factory in Salt (Girona).
In the presentation ceremony held at Espai Munich in Barcelona, Gas Gas introduced the 2014 Gas Gas Dakar project, where he has also had the important part Fundació Itinerarium (Itinerarium Foundation) through the project ‘Sumant Capacitats’ (Adding talent), who collaborated on the graphic designs for the official Gas Gas participants in the 2014 Dakar where a total of twenty representatives of ‘asociación Dincat’ (The association Intellectual with Disabilities in Catalonia) have put their seal of approval on the bike. The ‘Sumant Capacitats’ project (Adding talent) is meant to symbolize the fact that there are no barriers to the group, any challenge is achievable if you work as a team, with a clear objective.
The Dakar Rally will start in Rosario (Argentina) on January 5th 2014, and after 13 days and a total of 8,734 Kilometers (5,427 miles) will conclude in the city of Valparaiso (Chile).
RAMON PUENTE, Gas Gas managing director “The first goal we set ourselves as a manufacturer in this Dakar is for the nine bikes to finish the race. Then, each rider has his own objective, an ambitious goal, probably, but we are willing to take the risk because we also expect more.
This 2014 Dakar is the fourth presence for the brand, and next year we want to double our presence. The Gas Gas project in Dakar is an ongoing project. We started three years ago and step by step we have consolidated the project. This year we have had many requests we could not accept because we did not feel we had the capacity to give good service to the applicants objectives. This just encourages us to try to fulfill the purpose of reaching 17 riders next year. It is a goal that is feasible, because we currently have a huge demand and also because we will prepare a new bike, even more competitive.”
GERARD FARRÉS, Gas Gas rider, #24 “We are very excited about this project and serious about the future. Now there is very little to do but keep training a little bit, prepare some things and enjoy some family time during these days of Christmas. It will be a complicated, difficult Dakar. The high altitude of some stages will complicate everything, certainly affect us physically, and navigation will not be easy. We also have a new country, a new challenge to come and see what’s there. The particular focus is difficult to predict this year because it’s my first Dakar with Gas Gas, but we will try to improve each day to finish in the top ten, which would be fantastic. “
MARC GUASCH, Gas Gas rider, #27 “I agree with my colleagues that this year’s Dakar will be complicated. We have little information on the stages of Bolivia and expect very high altitude, difficult stages that will affect us because we will cover many kilometers. We will have to adapt quickly to overcome the physical hump. The facts unfolding are that the stages will probably be safer for bikes and quads, but at the same time this also means that these stages will be much more technical. That’s why I think for us and all the Gas Gas team, this will be positive. If we meet the goal of finishing and place the Gas Gas in the finish, we will be more than happy. “
DANI OLIVERAS, Gas Gas rider, #45 “Maybe because everything is new, I’m not yet inside the idea. Anyway, I am excited and eager to begin my first Dakar. They have given me a lot of advice these days, I have to listen to them all and learn from them. Fortunately I have Gerard Farrés and Marc Guasch who are very experienced and they have helped me a lot. I come from the world of trial, and from what I have been told, Dakar is a long race. Falls can be violent and that is the fear that I have. But I have not obsessed with it this year nor to score, because I’m here to learn every day and keep a good pace with the road book. The best result for me will be my ending day and arriving in Valparaiso. “
MIGUEL PUERTAS, Gas Gas rider, #58
“The Dakar can give rise to much more complicated issues than other competitions, although the risks are borne by each, also because you know from experience what is your limit. For many times one can exceed the limits, but this year, it will be harder for everyone, it can be dangerous. Personally, I prefer a tough Dakar, with complications, more navigation and overall difficulty of the route.
As a veteran, I see very young and very excited Oliveras, but is also a double-edged sword: he has to convince the race has a risk and a long run. To finish will be a big win, and I’ll show him what I can. “