(zaf) 1.78m / 82kg


Cycling , Off Road Riding & Training


Team Dad, Husqvarna Motorcycles, SRG Motorsports UAE, HT Rally Raid, Transcom Sharaf, Alpine Stars, McClarty Shipping, NS 45 Dubai and many special Family & Friends

1st participation

Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge

2022: Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge (DNF After Leading Stage 1)
2021: Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge (1st Rally 2)
1st Place B Final MX of Nations Red Bud USA 2018
2017 to 2020 UAE MX 1 National Champion


“A top 5 in Rally2 would be a good result”

Michael Docherty started racing motorcycles at the tender age of 6 and at 8 won the South Africa National 65cc Championship. Since then he has had considerable success in the discipline racing in the States, Europe and the Middle East. Living in Dubai these last 3 years he inevitably started riding in the desert and in 2021 entered his first rally-raid, the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge, going on to win the Rally2 class. He was back again in 2022 and won the prologue and the first stage before crashing out on day 2. Now with help from SRG Motorsports in Dubai and HT Rally Raid he has finally got himself to Dakar. Since his crash earlier in the year he’s downgraded his ambitions a tad from wanting to replicate his 2021 Desert Challenge performance to being happy to settle for a top 5 in the Rally2 class. Definitely one to watch in 2023.

“Rally-raid is obviously completely different from moto-x and I have a lot to learn but I’ve really enjoyed what I’ve done so far and if it turned out that I had the ability to make a go of it I’d jump at the chance. But lets not get ahead of ourselves. There’s a big challenge coming up for me in January and the most important thing is to get to the end and we’ll see where it goes from there.”




  • FR 450 RALLY
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  • HT Rally Raid
  • Rally 2

Ranking 2023

All news of M. Docherty

Newsflashes - 14/01 08:31 [GMT +3] - Bike

Docherty holding on

Michael Docherty still holds the fastest time at km 78. The South African is 48" clear of Luciano Benavides, with Adrien Van Beveren relegated to third place at nearly 2 minutes. Docherty is not the only Rally2 biker in great form today, as since Romain Dumontier sits in fourth place, right behind Van Beveren.

Newsflashes - 14/01 07:15 [GMT +3] - Bike

Dumontier and Docherty in a dead heat

Yesterday, Romain Dumontier and Michael Docherty finished the second part of the marathon stage in exactly the same time in Rally2! The two leaders came in just over a minute behind Paolo Lucci. "Dudu" retains control of the lead in the category with over 23 minutes in hand over the Italian and more than 1h 15 over Docherty.

Newsflashes - 11/01 11:14 [GMT +3] - Bike

Docherty feels at home

Michael Docherty is South African, but he has already travelled around the world for various motocross championships, including America and Europe. After three years based in the Emirates, it comes as no surprise that he started dabbling in rally raids. In the 2022 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge, held not far from today's special, he won the prologue and stage 1 ahead...

Newsflashes - 10/01 07:15 [GMT +3] - Bike

Docherty regains form

Michael Docherty, who suffered a crash on stage 3 and injured his right wrist, was again at the front on Sunday. "Iron Mike" took sixth place, only 8 minutes behind Ross Branch. He is fifth in the Rally2 rankings, 1 hour and 17 minutes behind category leader Romain Dumontier. "I'm glad we have a day off before we head into the home stretch," he wrote on Facebook....

Reactions - 02/01 15:12 [GMT +3] - Bike

Michael Docherty: “The navigation was definitely key”

The South African, who is racing in the Rally 2 class, lit up the special by taking part in the fight for victory almost entirely throughout the stage, but finished with the 17th best time in the end. Nonetheless, he still leads his category.

“It was good. The beginning part was pretty cool. It was very, very technical, so I think a lot of my...

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