“I am proud to be part of a big team”
His resume is already mightily impressive. In five participations Marcos Patronelli has two victories (2010 and 2013) and two runner-up results (2009 and 2012). He embodies the Dakar for all of his fellow Argentineans, who come out in droves to root him on, on all the stages and even the liaison sectors. With 14 stage wins, Patronelli is already the most successful Latin American competitor in Dakar history. His popularity continues to grow and yet this is just his sixth Dakar with the Yamaha Racing Argentina team. For the 2014 Dakar he will rely on what has worked for him in the past and says he is just happy to take part…but can anyone doubt his desire to win?
M.P.: “When Yamaha Argentina asked me to do it again I once again accepted. And this is my 6th Dakar. I am in a big team where I know I have full support. It is a great honor to compete for Yamaha alongside a rider like Cyril Despres. As is the case each year, I think this Dakar will be very difficult and demanding. My brother Alejandro won't be racing due to professional commitments, because both of us can't be away from the family business. The most difficult portion will be the marathon stage in Bolivia. The only thing I know is that is a hard surface stage at an altitude of between 3,500 and 3700 meters. It won't be a problem for the riders but the quads will lose power. But it will be the same for everyone. Am I going to win? Well, I always give the same answer: I take part and run my race.”