Great success for Team Honda Europe, a 100% score in Dakar!
Honda's Quinn Cody has astonished with a top 10 overall finish in what has been his first Dakar Rally. The final short and quick special stage of the Dakar 2011 finished at the Baradero racing track in front of many enthusiastic spectators. To complete the Dakar Rally can be considered the culmination of a life dream but to complete it in such style, first time out, is nothing short of spectacular!
Cody, the leading rookie in 2011
American Quinn Cody earns top rookie status on the 2011 Cody, the leading rookie in 2011 Dakar with a truly awesome ride! Quinn is a regular winner on the Bajas and boasts an impressive roll of honour (three times winner of the Baja 1000). But the Dakar is very different animal and one that must be tamed using different skills. Quinn really got into his stride as the rally developed and showed by the end that he is truly a world-class desert racer, finishing in 9th position in the overall classification.
Alexey Naumov was also making his rally debut and completed the challenge to come home in an impressive 67th position.
Vadim Pritulyak fought a private battle for two weeks and can be proud of his personal victory that saw him take 90th position in the overall standings. All in all, a fantastic Dakar Rally for those aboard Honda!
Team Honda Europe's Mirjam Pol has also experienced many ups and downs over the last two weeks but ended in 69th position and as the second fastest woman of the Dakar, a title she is sure to be proud of.
"I'm trying to learn and do my best. It's working well and I'm really happy with the way things have gone. This Dakar has been a great learning experience! What I have learned is that you need to be eady to race from day 1. The first week I needed to adjust to the bike. To do better I need to do more rallies, and do a lot of testing with the Dakar bike. For sure I would love to come back and definitely plan on being back next!"