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January 15, 2016

American Dakar Privateer Posts Top 10 Stage Finish

America’s Only Dakar Rally Motorcycle Team Starts Penultimate Stage

January 15, San Juan, Argentina

After spending the first week of the world's most grueling race in driving rain and mud, America's Rally Pan Am rider, Ian Blythe, finds his pace in the heat and deserts of Argentina. Blythe posted an eighth place finish on Stage 11, beating all other Americans on the stage, including notable factory riders. Blythe, who has been steadily moving up the leaderboard, posted an 11th on the previous stage. He sits in 25th position overall.

Blythe's performance illustrates both the potency of his talent as a rider and the breadth and depth of team Rally Pan Am's experience. The 2016 edition of the Dakar Rally is the team's 11th Dakar. The team has a long history of putting pressure on the factory teams, despite it's underdog status.

"We came to the Dakar with three goals only. First is always to finish this race," says Team Manager, Dave Peckham. "Second, we wanted to have a respectable overall position. Finally, we wanted to have some highlight moments, and the last two stages have given us that."

Today the team sets off on the penultimate stage, a 931 kilometer route from San Juan to Villa Carlos Paz. This is the last "hard" stage of the race, though certainly none of the stages are "easy". Tomorrow the team will ride to the finish of the race in Rosario.

Rally Pan Am is a privateer team, without factory-level support. The team is sponsored by If you see kay wines, ICO Racing, Motion Pro, Inc.,Craftsman, KLiM, MX1West and others.

Media Contact: Dave Peckham, Team Manager, 415-578-4888, dave@rallymanagementservices.com, http://www.rallypanam.com

December 03, 2015

Privateer Dakar Team Ready To Face Off Against Factory Giants

America’s Only Dakar Rally Motorcycle Team In Final Weeks Of Preparation

December 3, San Rafael, CA

 

Having shipped their race bikes and support truck to Buenos Aires, the ICO Racing / Rally Pan Am team is focusing on fine details and overcoming a few last minute challenges. The team will race the 2016 Dakar Rally in Argentina and Bolivia in January. The Dakar Rally is the world’s most grueling race, covering 5000 miles over 14 days.

 

KTM-supported rider, Ian Blythe, who clinched the Brazilian National Enduro Championship earlier this year, is looking forward to his first Dakar. “It's going to be a real leap into the unknown,” says Blythe, who didn’t spent much time rallying in 2015. Technical problems at the Baja Rally and his focus on the Brazilian Enduro season cut short his rally practice time. Ever easy-going, the 24 year old winner of a 2014 Dakar Challenge prize adds “I guess I'll learn as we go”.

 

Teammate Scott Bright, 2014 Baja Rally winner, who suffered a shattered wrist in a shakedown ride in September, is largely recovered, though some complications required a last-minute surgery this week to realign and plate some bones in his arm. Doctors say that he’ll be ready for the start podium on January 2nd.

 

“I'm expecting very long days and real navigational challenges,” offers Bright, referring to days as long as 931 kilometers. “Perseverance is what gets you to the finish. That's the goal: to finish.” Bright, who has had a strong, life-long relationship with the younger Blythe, says “We'll help each other out when we can but there won't be any sacrifices for one another.”

 

Team Manager Dave Peckham is aware of the challenges that still face the team. “Rally racing is still a niche sport in America and our team is always struggling to get the financial support needed to compete at the highest level against the factory-funded teams.” He adds “We’re really pleased to have great sponsors like If You See Kay Wines, Motion Pro, Craftsman, Klim, MX1WEST and others. They understand the magnitude of our challenge and with their support we have a great chance at showing the world our potential.”

 

This will be Rally Pan Am’s 11th Dakar appearance, and the first with these two new pilots. The team has always been one of privateers, void of factory-level sponsorship. Yet the goal is still the same—to put American riders on the podium. Dakar fans will recall impressive results from Jonah Street, the team’s previous Dakar challenger.

 

Media Contact: Dave Peckham, Team Manager, 415-578-4888, dave@rallymanagementservices.com, http://www.rallypanam.com

September 01, 2015

AMERICA'S ONLY DAKAR RALLY MOTO TEAM READY FOR BAJA RALLY

*** FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ***

Dakar Contenders Say Mexican Event Is Key To Training



September 1, San Rafael, CA

America's premier motorcycle rally team, Rally Pan Am, is gearing up for the most grueling race on earth--the Dakar Rally. The Dakar Rally crosses South America covering 5000 miles in 14 days. The team has spent more than two years preparing and will hone it's skills at the 3rd running of the Baja Rally in Baja California, Mexico.

Team rider, Scott Bright, is the defending Baja Rally champion, having won the 2014 event, besting the efforts of Baja champions Steve Hengeveld and Andy Grider. Bright recently competed against Europe's best at the Sardinia Rally.

"The Baja Rally is a key race on our schedule" says Team Manager, Dave Peckham. "The Baja Rally is a great event, it's right in our back yard, and our last chance to race before shipping our Dakar bikes and truck to Europe."

Joining Bright is teammate Ian Blythe, who will fly from Brazil for this critical practice opportunity. Blythe is currently leading the Brazil Championship series. In his last rally, the Australasian Safari, Blythe placed 3rd behind two seasoned Dakar veterans.

"The team and I are proud to support Rally Pan Am’s Dakar bid and It's great to see world-class racers like Ian and Scott choosing the Baja Rally as training for the worlds biggest event" says rally founder, Scotty Breauxman. "The Baja Rally is a cultural and scenic human adventure to test the mind, body and spirit. This year will be no exception."

Rally Pan Am is sponsored by ICO Racing, Motion Pro, Baja Designs, Craftsman, Klim, MX1WEST, F2R, Gatos Bros, Konflict Motorsports, and DT1 Filters.

Media Contacts:

Dave Peckham, Rally Pan Am, 415-578-4888, dave@rallymanagementservices.com, http://www.rallypanam.com

Scotty Breauxman, Baja Rally, 858-342-8222, bajarally@gmail.com, http://www.bajarallymoto.com

August 11, 2015

Lyndon Poskitt Racing Joins RMS For Baja Rally

*** FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ***

Dakar Veteran Will Race With America’s Top Dakar Contenders

August 11, San Rafael, CA

Lyndon Poskitt, Dakar 2013 finisher and head of Lyndon Poskitt Racing, will be joining the RMS / Rally Pan Am / ICO Racing team for the Baja Rally in September. Poskitt, who posted an impressive top 10 stage at Dakar, is shipping two LPR Factory KTM Rally motorcycles to the states and will be joined by teammate Yuji Shinohara of Japan.

“For me the choice of support was easy. No other team in North America has the rally experience and capabilities of Rally Management Services” says Poskitt, a 37 year old aerospace engineer from the United Kingdom. “Dave and his team have raced in rallies around the world and know what it takes to get competitive riders to the finish,” adds Poskitt about RMS owner and Rally Pan Am Team Manager, Dave Peckham.

Lyndon Poskitt and Dave Peckham at Dakar 2013

Poskitt will be joining the current #1 plate holder and Rally Pan Am team rider, Scott Bright. Bright will be back in 2015 to defend his title. Bright and his teammate, Ian Blythe, are America’s most promising privateers, set to tackle the 2016 Dakar Rally in January. RMS is the only US motorcycle team heading to the Dakar Rally this year, and it will be the team’s 11th time at the world's most grueling race.

Poskitt, also the star of web TV show “Races To Places”, will be including the Baja Rally in his ride around the world from race to race on his KTM rally bike. “Sticking to the unbeaten track, I aim to travel over 100,000 miles, over 50 countries and cross 6 continents” adds Poskitt. The Baja Rally should provide an excellent backdrop for an episode.

In addition to Poskitt, Bright, Blythe, and Shinohara, the RMS team will be supporting more than a dozen riders from the US, UK, Canada, and Japan. RMS is dedicated to growing the sport of rally in North America and has been the largest team at the Baja Rally since it’s inception.

Media Contact: Dave Peckham, Team Manager, 415-578-4888, dave@rallymanagementservices.com, http://www.rallypanam.com

November 14, 2013

RMS Support at Baja Rally 2.0

September 24-28, 2014 (moved to new dates)

RMS will be back for Baja Rally 2.0, providing a full support crew for a limited number of Baja Rally competitors. RMS had the largest team at the inaugural Baja Rally. RMS is the most experienced rally assistance team in North America.

Package will include bike transport, mechanical assistance, and bivouac support. Rider transport may be possible in limited numbers.

We have very limited rental bikes available. Please let us know ASAP if you need one.

Contact us for more information and to reserve a space.

 

November 14, 2013

Rally Diabolico Support

We've got a special week in store for Rally Diabolico participants. We're offering a special Rally School near the race location. This will enable participants who are traveling to the race to get 2 days of training before the race, and still fit it all into one week's vacation from work. 

 

Saturday 3/29 - Travel

Sunday 3/30 - Rally School

Monday 3/31 - Rally School, liaison to race location

Tuesday 4/1 - Bike maintenance, registration, scrutineering

Wednesday 4/2 - Bike maintenance, registration, scrutineering, afternoon prologue stage

Thursday 4/3 - Race stage

Friday 4/4 - Race stage

Saturday 4/5 - Race stage, finish party

Sunday 4/6 - Travel

 

The Rally School will cover rally navigation techniques on a variety of mixed desert terrain. Day two will increase the focus on dunes navigation, which makes heavy use of compass headings. Rally Diabolico participants will appreciate this extra practice. Minimum fuel autonomy is 240km plus a safety factor. The school is also open to non-Diabolico entrants but is geared toward experienced desert riders. Price $600.

 

At the race, RMS will be providing a full support crew. The support package will include bike transport from/to our shop, malles moto-style assistance, and bivouac support. Rider transport may be possible in limited numbers. Price $350.

 

We're also offering special pricing on navigation packages for competitors.

 

Contact us for more information and to reserve a space.

 

July 31, 2013

Dakar 2014 - Rally Assistance Available

We've been to the last 10 Dakars and we're coming back for more!

The Dakar entries open on May 15th. Contact us for assistance package information and check out our Sample Dakar Budget to get an idea at overall costs. For 2014 we have the following options:

Full Moto Assistance - $22,000 per rider

Dakar Ride-Along Package - $7,500 per guest

We also have a turn-key race bike package available. We have an RMS-built full Dakar-spec Honda CRF450X available, including a spare race engine. This bike raced a few days of the 2010 Dakar and has otherwise been prepped and waiting for her next rally with very little use. RMS recently bought the bike back from our customer and we have been going over the bike with a fine-toothed comb.

http://www.dakar.com

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