Friday, December 31, 2010

Chinese Manufacturers Getting More Serious Each Year...

So we've seen Jincheng at the Dakar for the past few years, a couple of riders plugging away somewhat under the radar, doing well on their machines (or rebadge Yamaha's according to the skeptics), but it may come as a surprise to some that Jincheng is one of the 500 largest companies in China exporting a staggering number of motorcycles and scooters to nearly 50 countries around the world. Hopefully the might of Chinese manufacturing will begin to shine and become highlighted in originality and innovation instead of cloning and mass producing. The more the merrier as far as manufacturer representation in Dakar and here's to Jincheng branching out internationally for rider talent. Go get 'em.


It all started in 1979, in China. When the Paris-Dakar came into being, the motorbike brand Jincheng was founded in Nanjing, 2 hours away from Shanghai. After rapid development, the Chinese constructor is today present in Argentina and Chile and has naturally been entering bikes in the Dakar since its first appearance in 2007. The 32nd placed finish obtained by Su Wenmin in 2010 is the brand's best result. This year, for its forth participation, Jincheng will be entering 3 bikes. For Sui Quanwu, the team manager, "a result on the Dakar is a significant commercial boost in China just like in South America. What's more, we have recruited an Argentinean rider to get the public behind us," he underlines. It is a real fairly tale for Pablo Pascual, now hired by an official team. "After my withdrawal last year on the 5th stage, I'm very motivated to do well, even if the objective I've been set is simply to finish the rally".

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