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Q.Can you give us some details about the team and staff members?

First of on the racing side of things, I am the and team director. I oversee the project. I am also the Large Leader (LPL) on the development

This team has two different in purpose: racing and development.

The manager, who works directly me, is Henk Hellegers from the Henk raced Hondas in for many years, so I leave the management of the team to him. Research and Development is supervised by Honda from the Motorcycle RD Maria from Honda Europe handles public and she reports directly to me.

These are the that discuss and decide strategy and development policy as as the press releases for each.

The team organization is headed by with the riders and mechanics him. All orders go through but it is not a rigid vertical structure. We it flexible so staff can share with other when need to.

There are two professional on the team, and they are in charge of the nutrition management. We also rally support truck They serve concurrently as coordinators since they the parts.

Also, there are the drivers of the the staff ride in. We have one drive and one four-wheel drive support truck, three for the riders, and four other to carry the staff and our equipment.

from Honda and myself, are three other Japanese Miyazaki, the PGM-FI supervisor, who handles electrical components, and who has the tough job of managing machine With this many members, there are still people whose names I learned yet, but that stop us from doing our We are all riders who love off-road so we naturally help each out if someone is having trouble.

As a the team uses English to but you can hear all kinds of languages spoken (laughs). The first we had such a diverse group of gathered in one location was the Morocco and I think it went very There was no trouble at all.

The reason is because I didn’t a set method of management. I didn’t people detailed instructions and them to do this or that. saying anything, a kind of order develops.

Everyone out what they need to do at the moment, and they do it. Since are people from many things will not go well if you any one country’s values on the team the cultures of South America, North America and Europe are different.

That being you need key personnel. Johnny a rider with a magnetic who everyone respects, and Mr. Hanawa, a who not only speaks English, and Japanese, but who is highly skilled and has of experience, have become the around which the team so a good sense of unity has among our members.

Oh yes, is also a Dutch woman Mirjam Pol, who handles and other logistics. She is only 29 old, but she has raced in five Rallies. As she entered the Rally as a she really knows her stuff.

She does excellent work.

The drivers are a reliable bunch, as since they are veterans who raced in the Dakar Rally times. This is my first in a long time to be on a rally so I’m studying hard to keep up with them.

had a good start at the Morocco but you were not able to win.

Rodrigues took first in both the first and last so I think we performed better I had expected to at the Morocco Rally. We number one at the end of Stage 3, and that I even thought we could win the thing. Unfortunately, we had fuel issues in Stage 4 so Helder had to out.

We didn’t win, but it like we were very

On a side note, there was a bit of drama when Helder ran problems in Stage 4. By chance, I ran Jean Brucy, the experimental winner in the ’96 Paris-Dakar I was in charge of the machine he rode in race, the EXP-2. We were happy to see each other

He said he was now working as a desert guide in Morocco and had come to see the Just when we were getting reacquainted, I received that Helder had machine

Helder was stuck in the desert and move, so we had to go help him. Helder dropped out, he was in the of the desert, and our vehicle was not going to him quickly. When he saw that we in a predicament, Jean said he take us since he knew the well. Putting on his tour cap, he took us to the location.

like this happen at

Q.What is your dream for Rally TEAM HRC, Mr.

On a team, not everyone is working at the time. There may be some repairing the machine and some doing other work others are eating or sleeping. are long events, so if you get tired way through, you lose everything worked for. The temperatures between hot and cold, so if you overdo it and get it has a direct impact on your and that affects the outcome of the

You fall into a vicious you get tired, you make a repair the bike malfunctions.

That is why you to monitor your own condition and sure you get enough rest. the whole team understands the goal is, it is like soccer. It is that every member about what he or she needs to do at any moment and then takes

To an outsider, it may look like is doing their own thing, but I this is team unity.

My is for us to become the world’s number one team. Being number one just mean we have all the on our team, it means we are open each other. This we share information with on the team.

If someone is in trouble, we help We don’t hide within our and keep secrets.

Why? if we did not do this, we would not be able to the Dakar Rally. This of open team is the ideal team. From the outside, it may like confusion, but actually is order in the chaos, not to mention a atmosphere. I think that is makes a team number

I think this idea of a one team is the same for MotoGP or F1 but since the threshold is lower for racing, your team has to be and more open with other.

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