FEB 13, 2019

The 2019 Dakar Rally has come to an end after two weeks and ten grueling stages. No better time to recap the phenomenal results of our KMC Athletes.

About the Race

The 2019 race took place entirely in Peru with the start and finish lines in Lima. Shortening this year’s race to 10 stages definitely didn’t make it any easier. The drivers reported this as being one of the toughest years yet because of a course that had a lot more sand and dunes than normal. Formerly known as Paris to Dakar, the Dakar race boasts a worldwide audience and its daily recap show tv program is viewed in over 190 different countries.

About KMC Wheel Athletes

KMC Wheels had a large presence at this year’s race represented by the race teams: South Racing Can Am SXS team, Speed Energy Textron Team and the X-Raid Mini JCW Team.

The South Racing Can Am of Francisco Lopez Contardo won the SxS class running the XS234 Addict wheel and second through fourth place finishers were running the XS228 Machete beadlock wheel.

Speed Energy Textron had all three vehicles finish the rally, two of which completed every mile, one rejoined after the rest day which was a new rule for this year if you failed to complete a stage.

X-Raid MINI JCW team member Stephane Peterhansel was able to grab two stage wins but had bad luck on Stage 9 and was not able to complete the Rally. Cyril Despres would be the top finisher for the Mini JCW team with a fifth place. Despres raced the SCORE 2018 Baja 500 with Bryce Menzies

KMC Athlete Casey Currie finished a respectable fourth place in his first attempt at the Dakar Rally. Casey’s finish in the SxS class for South Racing Can Am awarded him the 2019 Top Rookie designation.  He states this year only fueled his desire to come back in 2020 and grab the top step of the podium.

KMC Ambassador and Trophy Truck racer from down under, Toby Price, rode his Factory KTM motorcycle to an overall win. Even though he was not running our wheels at Dakar, its always great to see friends/family succeed at the highest level of any discipline. Price raced the 2018 SCORE Baja 1000 with Bryce Menzies.

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