HELDER RODRIGUES LEAVES HRC FOR YAMAHA
Ahead of this week’s official launch of the 2016 Dakar Rally, enduro21.com have learned that Helder Rodrigues has left HRC for Yamaha.
The second rider to depart from the HRC camp during the past week – Laia Sanz to KTM – it’s now been revealed that Rodrigues has joined Yamaha Motor France.
While official details of the move are yet to be released, it’s believed that Rodrigues will ride for Yamaha Motor France with direct links from Japan.
The move is understood to have come following alleged difficulties within the team and also development issues with the bike at HRC.
Rodrigues – a two-time stage winner in Dakar 2015 – previously raced with Yamaha back in 2010, 2011 and 2012 and achieved some of his greatest success in rally to date.
He won the 2011 FIM Cross Country Rallies World Championship and placed third overall to Cyril Despres and Marc Coma in the both the 2011 and 2012 Dakar Rally.
Reading deeper into the news, Yamaha taking a direct interest in this project with Rodrigues may suggest that there’s bigger developments in the pipeline.
Helder’s in depth knowledge of HRC and building a competitive rally bike capable of winning Dakar is one too valuable not to over look…