Despite transportation delays Carlin Dunne and Roland Brown are ready to take on Mexico’s historc car rally.
The 2011 La Carrera Panamericana officially got underway in the coastal town of Huatulco on Friday. For the first time in the rally’s history a motorcycle class has been included and an official Ducati effort is on hand.
Riders Carlin Dunne and Roland Brown are piloting two Ducati Multistrada 1200S Touring bikes. Both riders arrived safely in Mexico and have since registered without any major issues. Transportation of supplies and equipment, however, posed several challenges with some items arriving later than expected.
Carlin completed a pre-race run during humid conditions on Thursday prior to qualifying for the cars. While Carlin’s session ran smoothly, Roland arrived late and will have to wait to get his first taste of the course. Both riders are equipped with stock Multistrada 1200 S Touring models with minimal alterations.
Prior to kicking off the rally an event dinner was held Thursday night. Event organizers and riders were in attendance as Ducati was given special recognition for its participation. Overall, the arrival of motorcycles to the scene of La Carrera Panamericana has gone smoothly with a warm welcome from locals, race organization and car competitors.
Stay tuned as MCUSA brings more updates from the 2011 La Carrera Panamericana.