Five-time victor Honda will return to The Dakar rally for the first time since 1989 with this new CRF450 Rally. The famously circumspect company offers little detail beyond a basis in the CRF450X enduro racer, but this will be a full HRC effort focused on speed, durability and, probably most importantly in 2013, efficiency, so don't check your expectations.

The five-man HRC team campaigning the Honda CRF450 Rally will include Johnny Campbell (USA), Helder Rodrigues (Portugal), Felipe Zanol (Brazil), Sam Sunderland (GB) and Javier Pizzolito (Argentina) and will race together for the first time at the Morocco Rally on October 15.

It's this HRC effort that most strongly promises to threaten KTM's decade-long domination of The Dakar, which returns to South America on January 1.

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