The Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing team of Pablo Quintanilla and Andrew Short are set to take on the biggest challenge in Rally Racing: The Dakar. Following months of preparation, two-time FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Champion Pablo Quintanilla and former Supercross/Outdoor Nationals standout Andrew Short are ready to race the 41st edition of the event, set for January 6-17, 2019.
“I’ve learned a lot during the 2018 season and now I’m ready to put this experience to good use at the Dakar," says Short. "The season started for me in Morocco with the Merzouga Rally and since then we’ve also raced in Chile and Peru. I had some good race time and was able to study the strategy of the top guys. I saw how fast they can go in specific sections and kept improving my speed while navigating correctly."
Kicking off on January 6 in Lima, the 2019 edition of the Dakar Rally features a giant rally route entirely within Peru. With 10 demanding rally stages and approximately 70% being sandy dunes, the event is widely expected to be tough on all competitors. "I am looking forward to going back racing in the massive Peruvian dunes," claims Short. "My goal for the coming Dakar is not on a number or place, it’s just to continue to race with the top guys. I want to be even more competitive in January and be as close as possible to the front.”