Repsol presented its teams for the Dakar
Stephane Peterhansel, Hiroshi Masuoka, Luc Alphand and Nani Roma make up the Repsol Mitsubishi Ralliart Team.
Marc Coma, Giovanni Sala and Carlo de Gavardo are the Repsol KTM Team. Jordi Durán and Jordi Viladoms form the Junior
Repsol has been developing made-to-measure products and exclusive products for Mitsubishi during 2005, which were tested at the races of the Raid World Championship. Isao Torii Mitsubishi Motor Sport President
"Our career in the Dakar Rally is filled with success and last year, the first time we joined forces with Repsol, we managed to take our fifth consecutive victory, the tenth since we started participating in the Dakar. This year we'll go for the sixth. We expect the best from our drivers, because the team has thoroughly prepared to reach the top."
Dominique Serieys Repsol Mitsubishi Ralliart Team Manager
"We reach the race in excellent conditions, with an improved car compared to last year, thoroughly tested in the last months by all of our drivers and after the hard work of many months, not only on the technical but also on the physical and human side. This makes us feel very confident and hopeful to achieve another victory.
Tomas Garcia Recio Advertising and Sponsorship Manager
"For our company, the Dakar Rally is a very significant challenge from several points of view. First of all as a company, looking for a return of the investment made in our teams. Second, from the sporting point of view, giving thanks for the incredible luck of being able to join our experience in the Dakar with two makes such as KTM and Mitsubishi. And third, the human aspect, because Africa is a continent that seduces you, it marks differences and forces our sportsmen to an extraordinary effort. Its spirit is what impresses us most because the Dakar is much more than a competition. I also want to highlight Repsol's support of young riders and the presence of Durán and Viladoms is good proof of it. I want to thank KTM, Red Bull, Zenit and Jordi Arcarons for helping us in order to have riders with such a promising future in the Dakar. Nani Roma
"There's not much left for the start of the Dakar and I'm really looking forward to it. Now it's time to think about the race and to avoid leaving any issue up in the air, because we'll soon be taking the start in Lisbon. I'm very happy about my progression this year, especially as regards driving on dunes, although there are always things to be learned. I still have to improve my driving style, but we're well prepared as regards the rest. We have a good race pace and I'm lucky to have a great co-driver and an excellent team around me to reach the aim. We'll try to improve last year's result and it would be great to finish on the podium. It's an ambitious aim but this is the right approach. We're all highly motivated and I think that everything will work out fine." Stephane Peterhansel
"My feelings for this Dakar are very good, especially after the good results we've been achieving recently. We just won the Dubai Raid and the car worked perfectly well. The new Mitsubishi is very good, even better than last year's and the team is ready. We feel really confident as regards our aim, which is no other than regaining the title, although we cannot forget that the desert and the Dakar are very hard." Luc Alphand
"Training is over and we're ready to take the start in Lisbon. I think that we have made a good season and the car has improved a lot both as regards performance and reliability. We've covered more than 3,000 kms testing and we've won the Tunisia Rally and the Baja Portugal, so I think that we're arriving in a good moment. I have a lot of confidence in the team and I'm sure that we'll make a good Dakar and that the Mitsubishi team will win, because it has very good drivers." Marc Coma
"Here, at the presentation, I've realised that time has passed by very fast, but I'm very happy that the Dakar is going to start again soon. It is fantastic to be able to race it with the same colours, the same people, even more excited than last year, if it's possible. We all know that the Dakar is a very long race and that there are many factors playing a role. It is a big rival all by itself, but this year there are many riders that are extremely well prepared. We are in a great moment, both as regards sports and excitement, so we hope that there will be no surprises and that everything will work out well." Jordi Duran
"This year we've been working very hard from the very first moment to be here, and although I'm not at a 100% yet, I'm almost recovered from the injuries suffered last year. I'm happy because the latest results in Egypt and Dubai have reflected the efforts made. I'm really confident in achieving our main aim, which is no other than reaching Dakar." Jordi Viladoms
"First of all, I'm looking forward to my first Dakar with a lot of respect and excitement. It is something I've always wanted and a big step in my sports career. I really want to thank the team for giving me this opportunity of racing the Dakar and doing it in the best team, surrounded by the best people and the best riders. It's a great opportunity for me and I won't miss it." Carlo De Gavardo
"I'm very proud to be in this team, with this great sponsor, Repsol. It's the best structure there is right now, so I'm really confident in the team achieving its aim, which is no other than winning the Dakar. I'm ready and I'll work hard to contribute to achieve it." Giovanni Sala
"I'm very happy because the Repsol team have put their trust in me again to be in their team. That means that they are happy with the job I did last year. Racing in a team like this is not at everybody's reach and I'm grateful for it. I'm an enduro rider and my role is not winning the Dakar, but helping my team-mates in case of problems, But I can do a good race as well. My aim is to reach Lake Rose among the top five, although I know that it will be a hard job. Speed will be high and I still have to improve my feeling as regards navigation. I'll try, but working on the principle that we also have to enjoy." Jordi Arcarons
"This year we've created two teams in one, with the aim of winning the Dakar. I'll be in charge of establishing the system to be followed as the race goes by and according to everyone's results. There is a very good mutual understanding and they all know our aim: to win the Dakar as we already did in 2004 with Nani Roma. We'll go for all."
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