Rodney Faggotter prepares for 2019 Dakar Rally
Rodney Faggotter is all set to compete in the 2019 Dakar Rally in January again with the Yamalube Yamaha Rally Team, alongside teammates Adrien Van Beveren, Xavier de Soultrait, Franco Caimi (TBC) and Alexandre Kowalski.
The riders are all-set to take on the 2019 Dakar aboard the newest edition of the WR450F Rally works machine for this 41st edition of the event.
Working hard during the last few months to be ready for the biggest event in the annual rally racing calendar, the Yamalube Yamaha Rally team members are all looking forward to the 2019 Dakar. Remaining under the guidance of team director Alexandre Kowalski, team manager José Leloir and sport manager Jordi Arcarons, all riders are looking to make the most of their experience as they battle against the world’s elite rally racers in what is expected to be an anything but easy event.
Playing a crucial role for the Yamalube Yamaha Rally team during the last two Dakar Rallies, Rodney Faggotter remains with the squad going into the 2019 edition of the event.
Enjoying an extremely consistent run that saw him finish 16th overall at the 2018 Dakar Rally, the Aussie will look to improve on this result in January 2019.
“I’m looking forward to the 2019 Dakar. I’ve been racing some Bajas and training hard back home in Australia these last few months. I feel strong physically and also mentally. In the beginning of December we’ve spent a full week testing and training with the team in Morocco and that was a good morale booster for me. We have a great spirit within the team and I want to be there for my teammates if they need me. I want to have a good clean run and do my own race. This Dakar might seem shorter, but we all know it’s still going to be a long and demanding race. If it all goes well, I’m confident I can improve my overall result from last year and fight for a spot inside the top-10.”
Leading the team’s efforts for yet another year is Adrien Van Beveren, eager to impress by fighting for the overall victory and at the top of his game following months of hard work, the French rider is ready for the dunes of Peru.
Putting in many thousands of racing and training kilometres aboard his WR450F Rally machine in 2018, Xavier de Soultrait is also set to enter the fifth Dakar Rally of his career this coming January and is working hard to further improve his navigational skills.
With the team 100% ready to have Franco Caimi enter the 2019 Dakar Rally, his participation will be decided just before the start of the race. Doing everything possible to return to full fitness following his injury during the Morocco Rally, the rider from Argentina is expecting to undergo his last medical checks just a few days before the start of the event.
Further strengthening Yamaha’s presence at the 2019 Dakar will be Camelia Liparoti. Teaming up with Rosa Romero Font as her co-driver, the two highly-experienced racers will compete in Yamaha’s YXZ1000R side-by-side machine at the coming edition of the event in Peru.
Dakar Rally 2019
Taking place in the southern part of Peru, the 2019 Dakar Rally features a total of 10 demanding stages. The race kicks off on January 7 in Lima, with competitors returning to the Peruvian city for the big finish on January 17 and after an exhaustive 5,000km in the dunes of the South American country.
Dakar Rally 2019 Schedule
- Stage 1 | Jan 7 | Lima to Pisco | SS: 84km | Total: 331km
- Stage 2 | Jan 8 | Pisco to San Juan de Marcona | SS: 342km | Total: 554km
- Stage 3 | Jan 9 | San Juan de Marcona to Arequipa | SS: 331km | Total: 779km
- Stage 4 | Jan 10 | Arequipa to Moquegua | SS: 352km | Total: 511km
- Stage 5 | Jan 11 | Moquegua to Arequipa | SS: 345km | Total: 776km
- Rest Day | Jan 12 | Arequipa
- Stage 6 | Jan 13 | Arequipa to San Juan de Marcona | SS: 317km | Total: 839km
- Stage 7 | Jan 14 | San Juan de Marcona (return) | SS: 323km | Total: 387km
- Stage 8 | Jan 15 | San Juan de Marcona to Pisco | SS: 361km | Total: 576km
- Stage 9 | Jan 16 | Pisco to Pisco | SS: 313km | Total: 410km
- Stage 10 | Jan 17 | Pisco to Lima | SS: 112km | Total: 358km