Australian Rodney Faggotter will once again be apart of the Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team, joined by Adrien Van Beveren, Xavier de Soultrait and Franco Caimi in the 2018 Dakar Rally to be held this year in Peru, Bolivia and Argentina.
Under the guidance of team director Alexandre Kowalski, team manager José Leloir and highly-experienced sport manager Jordi Arcarons the quartet of Yamaha riders head to South America looking to improve on last year's highly positive performances. Their ultimate goal is to challenge for the podium and successfully complete the hugely demanding event.
Rodney Faggotter will line up for his second Dakar Rally aboard WR450F Rally machinery and is looking to make the most of his experience and mechanical aptitude to assist the team and get as close to the top five as possible.
Rodney Faggotter at the recent team shoot
"I can't wait for the 2018 Dakar to begin," Faggotter enthused. "Following my wrist injury at the Baja Inka, I gave my body some time to properly recover.
"The last couple of months everything has been coming together and I've been focusing all my efforts into my training and preparation for South America. It's been quite warm in Australia and I think this will be an advantage for me in the dune stages of Peru.
"I'm expecting the first week to be really tough physically, and in terms of navigation. The quicker you get through the tough moments the better it will be. Navigation will be paramount throughout the event, I believe.
"I want to have a good clean run and do my race. If it all goes well I am confident of a top 10 overall result and I know I could even do battle for the top five. I want to be there for my teammates when and if they need me and also make sure that I do my own race," Faggotter concluded.
The teams WR450F Rally machine.
Honouring the imminent return of one of the most successful motorcycles ever, the team's four WR450F Rally machines will be proudly wearing the Ténéré 700 World Raid name and graphics throughout the 2018 Dakar Rally.
Including seven 100% off-piste stages and five stages at an altitude of more than 3,000 meters, this 40th edition of the Dakar Rally is expected to be one of the most demanding in recent history. Kicking off in Lima, Peru on January 6, 2018, competitors will have to contest 4,500km of timed special plus another 4,500km of liaison sections on their way towards the finish line. The big finish of the 2018 Dakar Rally will take place in Córdoba, Argentina on January 20.
Race Schedule - Dakar Rally 2018 Stage 1 | Jan 6 | Lima to Pisco | SS: 31km | Total: 272km Stage 2 | Jan 7 | Pisco to Pisco | SS: 267km | Total: 278km Stage 3 | Jan 8 | Pisco to San Juan de Marcona | SS: 295km | Total: 501km Stage 5 | Jan 9 | San Juan de Marcona to San Juan de Marcona | SS: 330km | Total: 444km Stage 5 | Jan 10 | San Juan de Marcona to Arequipa | SS: 264km | Total: 770km Stage 6 | Jan 11 | Arequipa to La Paz | SS: 313km | Total: 758km Rest Day | Jan 12 Stage 7 | Jan 13 | La Paz to Uyuni | SS: 425km | Total: 726km Stage 8 | Jan 14 | Uyuni to Tupiza | SS: 498km | Total: 584km Stage 9 | Jan 15 | Tupiza to Salta | SS: 242km | Total: 754km Stage 10 | Jan 16 | Salta to Belén| SS: 372km | Total: 795km Stage 11 | Jan 17 | Belén to Fiambalá | SS: 280km | Total: 484km Stage 12 | Jan 18 | Fiambalá to San Juan | SS: 375km | Total: 722km Stage 13 | Jan 19 | San Juan to Córdoba | SS: 423km | Total: 904km Stage 14 | Jan 20 | Córdoba to Córdoba | SS: 119km | Total: 284km
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