HRC, Honda, Monster, Motul

2020: first appearance

2019: Dubai Baja (1st), Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge (16th), Atacama Rally (11th), Morocco Rally (19th)
2017-2018 Emirates Desert Champion
2018 Desert Storm Rally Champion (India)
2011 Qualified 125cc Junior World Championship
2008 Top 15 85cc Junior World Championship
2008 3rd 85cc South African Nationals
2003 2nd 65cc South African Nationals


“A dream come true”

With Paulo Gonçalves leaving for new horizons, Honda have promoted a new promising rider to their factory team for the most important event of the year. Aaron Mare indeed joins the HRC squad for what will be his very first Dakar. The South African won’t however be on unknown territory. Based in Dubai, he perfectly knows the terrain that he will be competing on come January and that’s probably one of the reasons Honda went for the promising young man. Mare started riding as soon as the age of 4 and rapidly fell in love with motocross. His talent took him from his native South Africa to the FIM Junior World championship and then to the United States where he competed in the AMA outdoor nationals. He then moved to Dubai where he discovered desert racing. His recent successes in India (2018 Desert Storm) and the 2019 Dubai Baja ahead of some top Dakar riders and the experience he managed to gain during the Atacama and Morocco rallies this season can only make Mare hope for the best on his Dakar debut, although he perfectly knows he’ll first and foremost be there to help out his Honda team mates.

“I'am excited and honoured to be part of the Monster Energy Honda racing team for the Dakar Rally. This is definitely a dream come true for me. I have worked hard to get here and I am extremely grateful for the opportunity. I hope the Dakar is successful for the team.”



  • Mark : HONDA
  • Model : CRF 450 RALLY
  • Performance tuner : HRC HONDA RALLY TEAM
  • Assistance : HRC HONDA RALLY TEAM
  • Class : G2.1 Super production

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