“I expect a very hard Dakar”
Jean De Azevedo is only 39 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 15th 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 in a car in 2009 and 2010. Since then he has gone from four to two wheels and back. After capturing a very good 22nd spot in 2012 in a Nissan Navarra, the Brazilian returned to his first love and 2014 could actually be a turning point in his bike career. Indeed Jean will for the first time ride a factory CRF 450 RALLY prepared by HRC. Part of the Honda Team Brazil since the beginning of the year, Jean who started riding bikes at age 6 was able to fully focus on off-road rallies with the goal to eventually shine on the Dakar.
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. In the beginning of 2013 I joined the Honda team Brazil and have trained a lot this year, participated in the Sertoes Rally and finished fourth behind the big names in the rally world. In the next Dakar I will be competing with a factory bike for the first time in my career. I've never had a bike at that level. I will seek to acquire experience with this bike and get a good result for my team. The goal is to finish in the top 15.”