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Round two of the FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship gets underway next week with a Team HRC squad made up of Paulo Gonçalves, Joan Barreda and Jeremías Israel. Barreda triumphed in the 2014 edition.

The Middle East will once again be hosting a world championship event – this time the Sealine Cross-Country Rally held in the Qatar peninsula – just two weeks after the end of the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge. Team HRC will this time line up the triumvirate of Paulo Gonçalves, Joan Barreda and Jeremías Israel.

Paulo Gonçalves goes into the race as current world championship runner-up and will be jostling for front positions alongside Joan Barreda, winner of last year’s Sealine Qatar Cross-Country Rally, as well as endeavouring to help fine-tune the Honda CRF450 RALLY’s performance. Jeremías gets a great opportunity to continue to hone his road-book reading and interpretation skills as the rally features some rather demanding navigational stretches.

The Sealine Qatar Cross-Country Rally begins at the Losail circuit with the scrutineering and preliminary checks, then it’s off to the Qatar peninsula where the stages will be battled out.

Day Stages Special Liasion Total
Monday 20 April Stage 1 194.08 km 61.68 km 255.76 km
Tuesday 21 April Stage 2 397.56 km 78.50 km 476.06 km
Wednesday 22 April Stage 3 401.15 km 5.04 km 406.19 km
Thursday 23 April Stage 4 400.55 km 6.73 km 407.28 km
Friday 24 April Stage 5 365.28 km 6.45 km 371.73 km


Emanuele Venturoli
Emanuele Venturoli
A graduate in Public, Social and Political Communication from the University of Bologna, he has always been passionate about marketing, design and sport. Even before finishing his studies, he started working in sports marketing and discovered the importance of everything outside the playing field. Since 2012 he has been with RTR Sports, where he is now Head of Communication and Marketing Officer for projects related to Formula 1, MotoGP and the best of other two- and four-wheel motor sports.
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