Dakar 2019. Stage 1 Lima - Pisco
The first special of this Dakar was won by a rampant Joan Barreda in Adrenarena de Paracas, near Pisco.
Day one, en route from the Peruvian capital Lima to the bivouac located around the city of Pisco, consisted of a total of 332 kilometres of stage, with only 84 km against the clock was enough to set up the first official race leader board of the 2019 edition of the Dakar Rally.
80% of the route took place in the dunes, on a stage which covered some dried up river beds that were navigationally more demanding.
Nevertheless, our talent Joan Barreda was able to overcome the hazards successfully.
Temperature soared as the sun beat down onto the dunes of Adrenarena, yet despite this, Joan Barreda was scorching too clocking up a great time of 57’36” to win the stage and become the provisional race leader.
Tomorrow will be one of the most unique stages of this Dakar 2019, as Joan Barreda will not be the first to open the race.
That job will go to the cars who will start out before. When the bikes get their turn, they can look forward to a heavily churned up and rutted route after the passage of more than one hundred four-wheeled vehicles.
After departing in Pisco, riders will head to the next bivouac in San Juan de Marcona after battling out the largest part of the stage in the dunes of Ica on a ride with a total of 554 kilometres including 342 special timed.
"I'm very happy to start like this.
Today was a short stage but where everyone went very fast. Without making mistakes I managed to push for the whole of the special. In the beginning it's always a bit difficult to pick up the rhythm, but from kilometre 20 I started to improve and I was able to maintain a good rhythm during the whole stage with very good results.
Now it's time to think about the long stages where the way of preparing them changes.
Tomorrow we will have to stay focused, since the pace will also be high and there is more chance of getting lost."
Guess who decided to continue his adventure with SUOMY MOTOSPORT in the MotoGP World Championship for 2019/2020?
Here some suggestions ...
He was the first rider to wear our SUOMY SR-GP during the World Championship;
he has collected 11 victories in MotoGP;
he has a great passion for motocross and he trains with SUOMY MX-SPEED;
he competes with an Italian motorbike;
he has two horses "on his head";
he wrote a book;
he was vice World Champion MotoGP for two years in a row;
he was hiding under the Italian flag after an astonishing victory at Misano circuit ...
Yes, it's him: ANDREA DOVIZIOSO.
A huge talent, a boundless passion for the world of engines, a precious help in developing our helmets, an engineer of details, a friendly man and always careful to the needs of the others, a fair but feared rider, one of the 2019 World Champion Title contenders.
All of this is DOVI.
All of this is the reason why we strongly wanted to continue to work with him.
All these are the reasons why we are honored to have an ambassador like him
And for this we will always be beside Andrea, sure to be able to savor soon the taste of champagne.
AN IMPORTANT ENTRANCE AMONG THE #SUOMYRIDERS
The most attentive eyes have already identified the new talent that became part of our #SuomyRiders from the MotoGP tests that took place in Valencia immediately after the last race of 2018 season, but we are honoured to announce that FRANCESCO BAGNAIA has started his adventure in the premier class wearing SUOMY SR-GP.
A two-year contract will tie the new Moto2 World Champion to SUOMY until 2020.
A new story that, judging by the "first steps" that Pecco has made with his Alma Pramac Ducati Team, has all the conditions to be an exciting story full of amazing surprises.
A story that has, as its protagonist, our new racing model SR-GP that, for the first time, will face the entire World Championship and Pecco seems the perfect testimonial to represent the SUOMY NEW ERA.
3 days left until his 22nd birthday
105 races since his debut on 2013 World Championship
10 World Champion victories
23 World Champion podiums
1 Rookie of the Year Title
1 Moto2 World Champion Title
237 laps wearing SUOMY SR-GP
57 days left until his first MotoGP Official Qualifying Practice
63 his bike number in 2019
1.000.000 times we will support him
2019 SUOMY OFF ROAD TEAM
Mud, dust and jumps. These are the elements that connect all our OFFROAD RIDERS.
Confirmations and new arrivals, in the 2019 Suomy Off-road Team.
A team in heavy growth that this year will see the debut of our brand at the AMA SuperCross Championship
and the arrival into our gang both of a freestyler and a couple of Stunt Riders.
Are you ready to find out who our talents are?
With us since last season, leader of the overall ranking for the first stages of the Dakar 2019, a lover of the desert the Spaniard Joan Barreda opens the launch of our off-road riders.
Loic Larrieu, vice World Champion 2018, and Daniel McCanney, English Champion in charge, will join the new World Champion Andrea Verona who, together with the Italian national team, has won the 2018 Junior World Trophy ISDE.
In different categories, but the musketeers of the TM Racing team, will all fight for the title of Enduro World Champion.
Andrea Occhini and Fabrizio Bartolini will ride on a mix of asphalt and soil during the seven stages of the Italian Supermoto Championship.
In the MXGP World Championship six riders will compete wearing MX-SPEED and MR-JUMP.
Tommy Searle, an experienced English rider, will be our ambassador in the off-road MXGP class. The young promise Yentel Martens will join him, attending some stages of the championship as wild car.
Thomas Kjer Olsen, who still has the bronze world medal around his neck, is the most quoted of our guys to fight for the title of MX2 World Champion.
However, he will have to ride against combative rivals such as Jed Beaton, new rider of the JM Racing team, Brain Moreau, talented rookie arriving from the European Championship, and Brian Hsu.
SUOMY has a huge presence also in the European Motocross Championship in which Kay De Wolf (125cc) and Jimmy Clochet (250cc) will try to emerge.
A spectacular championship and followed by a lot of fans is AMA SuperCross in which Suomy debuts for the first time dressing the Cycle Trader Team Rock River Team riders. Matt Bisceglia, Jacob Hayes and Brandon Hartranft the names of the riders to cheer for.
And, not to rule out any offroad discipline, in 2019 MX-SPEED is the helmet chosen by Luca Bertola, freestyler with the quad, and by StuntHeart, a couple composed by Luca e Bianca, two very young stuntriders who perform with motard in tandem.
Be ready?It will be an heart-beating year.
2019 SUOMY ROAD RACING TEAM
The Suomy Racing Season 2019 is about to start and it is time to present the crew of our incredible Road Racing Team.
An international team, made up of young promises and immense talents.
We would like to start to introduce to you the little ones who are part of the new"Suomy Academy" project.
They are all "young riders" who will participate in the most important minimoto and minigp trophies, ready to challenge to demonstrate their potential.
Arianna Barale is the only girl of the group. She is a tough girl and that's why she chose to deal with boys instead of running in the women's category.
Arianna # 41 is part of #SuomyTeam since 2016 as Leonardo Abruzzo, top five in the Junior B category of the Minimoto European Championship of last season and who, this year, will fight for the first position in the final standings.
They have been joined by Jacopo Villani, 11 years old, a future already written because in 2020 he will attend the Italian PreMoto3 Championship.
This year he will race both in the MiniGP Championship and in the Minimoto Championship, aiming for the category title.
All our "young riders" will wear SUOMY SR-SPORT in their favorite graphics, chosen from SUOMY 2019 collection.
We continue the collaboration with the most fearless of our riders, who has played an important role in the development of SR-GP and will be again engaged in the iconic Tourist Trophy 2019: Gary Johnson.
One of the new entries in the road racing is James Ellison, a British rider who has a long experience in the most important Road Racing Championships as MotoGp, Supersport World Championship and AMA Superbike.
In 2019 James will be engaged in the BSB, the historic and most important English Superbike Championship followed by a huge number of fans.
World Endurance Championship, in which stand out races such as the 24 hours of Le Mans and the 8 hours of Suzuka, and MotoE World Championship, the innovative formula just entered the FIM Calendar, will have as our standard bearer two young Italian riders.
Andrea Boscoscuro will compete in endurance races (which last for eight, twelve or twenty-four hours), while Matteo Ferrari will ride for the title of the first World Champion of the futuristic electric bike.
Grand finale with the talents that will line up in the most representative championship for the fans of road racing and that contain a long calendar of 19 exciting races that are scheduled on all the continents: the MotoGP World Championship.
3 categories, 5 riders who will fight to win the most coveted title.
Romano Fenati re-join the circus starting from Moto3, a class in which he has always given a great deal of trouble to his rivals and in which he will be one of the main contenders for the podium, given his great experience.
Stefano Manzi continues his growth in Moto2 with the brand MV Augusta.
In MotoGP the struggle for the conquest of the premier class World Champion will be all in the wrists and ambition of Andrea Dovizioso, who confirmed his role as ambassador Suomy for at least two more seasons.
We expect great surprises even from the illustrious new entry of our team, Francesco "Pecco" Bagnaia. New World Champion of Moto2 who will be a popular Rookie in MotoGP.
SR-GP is the most precious instrument that Suomy can offer to all the riders who will race with our colours and we are honoured to have chosen incredible talents that will make us live a 2019 full of emotions.