“I expect a very hard Dakar”
Jean De Azevedo is only 38 years of age, yet he's become a bit of an old-timer on the Dakar. On the 5th of January, the Brazilian will be starting his 14th rally… The younger brother of truck driver André, Jean has also had his glory days but on a bike. After capturing an excellent 24th spot for his first attempt back in 1996, he went on to enter the Top 5 in 2003 and capture his first stage success two years later. His career on two wheels seemed behind him as he took on the Dakar challenge in a car in 2009 and 2010. Since then he has gone from four to two wheels every edition. So after finishing 22nd last year with co-driver Emerson Cavassin in a Nissan Navarra, the Brazilian will be on his own on a KTM with the ambition to again be in the Top 10.
J.D.A. “My best memory from the Dakar was in 1996, my first Dakar race that I managed to finish. And then there was 2005 when I became the first Brazilian to win a stage on a bike. I prepared for this 2013 Dakar by competing in the Rally Dos Sertoes. I expect a very hard Dakar this year and hope to finish in the Top 10.”