N°12 Bike HT RALLY RAID HUSQVARNA RACING
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XAVIER DE SOULTRAIT

(fra) 1.81m / 88kg

Hobbies

Rugby, ski, vélo, Formule 1

Sponsors

Dafy Moto, REnonce, Ipone, Michelin, Shad, Husqvarna, Viltaïs, Five Gloves, Garden Garden Ice Café, CM Data, Eleveit , Philips, Moto Park, Niemann Frey, Rouergue Alu, Kenny, Ffm , FWF , 100%, Furygan, In &Motion, Shoei, Ford, WP suspension

2021 : Abandon (8e étape)
2020 : Abandon
2019 : 7e (1 victoire d’étape)
2018 : Abandon (8e étape)
2017 : 87e
2016 : Abandon (10e étape)
2015 : 13e
2014 : 34e

2021 : 14e du Rallye du Maroc
2020 : 9e du Rallye d’Andalousie
2020 : 1er du Rallye de Turquie
2019 : Silk Way Rally (ab.), Rallye du Maroc (ab.)
2018 : Desafio Inca (ab.), Rallye du Maroc (ab.)
2017 : 1er du Merzouga Rally
2016 : Champion du monde des Bajas, 2e du Rallye de Sardaigne, 5e du rallye du Maroc
2015 : 8e du rallye du Maroc
2014 : 3e du championnat de France d’enduro (1er du Ch. de France élite privé)
2013 : championnat du monde d’enduro (11e en finale)
2009 : 5e, championnat d’Europe d’enduro junior
2008 : vice-champion de France d’enduro junior

Interview

“Battle for victory again”

He experienced the rare privilege of leading the Dakar general classification. Last season, Xavier de Soultrait transformed. After leaving the professional Yamaha team with whom he has seven participations in the rally-raid, the native of Moulins took on a new challenge by becoming a "privateer" with Husqvarna. The change was a positive one. He was in the top 10 of the general classification after six stages and even led at the end of day four. Xavier was surprised by his ease and ability to resist everything as well as not make any mistakes. But on stage eight, he fell and broke a vertebra and was forced to retire. It was the fourth time in eight Dakars that Xavier didn't finish. However, the Husqvarna rider knows that he has to go through this, too, to have the luxury of excelling and one day winning overall. While he has been offered the challenge of competing in a car, he prefers to stay with the bike. He welcomed his second child this year and knows that he will have to deal with the discomfort that can sometimes arise in his neck after a long day on the bike. It was notably the case in October at the Morocco rally (14th). But this doesn't mean that he is less motivated: Xavier is ready to give it his all, once again, to get back to the top.

“During the last Dakar, I was quite happy to be in the fight for the general classification. I was in contention and began to tell myself that I could compete for the overall victory. I had the impression that it was easy, that I wasn't forcing myself, that it was fluid. I started to attack, and that's when I made a mistake that led to my retirement. It was a serious injury, and it has allowed me to put my sporting failure into perspective. I should have been a bit more patient and waited for the others to make mistakes. It is annoying, but that's part of the Dakar. You are always on a knife-edge. At the Morocco Rally this fall, I felt good even if I wasn't yet at my best physically. On the Dakar, I will do everything I can to be at the front and once again fight for victory.”

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HT RALLY RAID HUSQVARNA RACING

HUSQVARNA FR 450 RALLY
HT RALLY RAID HUSQVARNA RACING

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