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N°14 Bike KTM FACTORY RACING TEAM
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LAIA SANZ

(esp) Born on 11/12/1985 1.8m / 78kg

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Gas Gas, Soficat, Pont Grup, Red Bull, Cupra, KTM, RACC, Laika, Scott

http://laiasanz.com/

9 victorias en Motos categoría femenina
2019: Moto/ 12º
2018: Moto/12º
2017: Moto/16º
2016: Moto/15º
2015: Moto/9º
2014: Moto/16º
2013: Moto/93º
2012: Moto/39º
2011: Moto/39º

13 mundiales de Trial, 10 títulos europeos de Trial, 5 mundiales de enduro, y 6 veces ganadora del Trial de las Naciones.
2019: Campeona del Mundo de Rallies Cross Countries categoría Femenina, 10º en el Campeonato del Mundo de Rallies Cross Country: 13º en Silk Way Rally, 18º en el Rally de Marruecos.
2018: 13ª Rally Merzouga
2017: 3ª mundial de Enduro, 8ª en el Rally de Marruecos (3ª en una etapa).
2016: Campeona del Mundo de Enduro; 10º en el Abu Dahbi Desert Challange; 12ª Atacama Rally; 2ª individual ISDE (International Six Days of Enduro)
2015: Campeona del Mundo de Enduro; 11ª en el Rally de Marruecos; 5ª en el Rally de Merzouga; 6º en la Baja Aragón; Medalla de oro X Games.
2014: Campeona del Mundo de Enduro / 12ª en el Rally de Marruecos / 6ª en el Rally de Merzouga.
2013: Campeona del Mundo de Trial; Campeona del Mundo de Enduro.
2012: Campeona del Mundo Trial; Campeona del Mundo de Enduro.
2011: Campeona del Mundo de Trial; 2ª en el Mundial de Enduro

Interview

“The Top 15 is like a victory for me”

Laia Sanz is the best female competitor in the Dakar and has finished every edition in which she has participated in. She finished a career-best 9th place in 2015. It wasn’t at all sure she would compete in the 2019 Dakar after contracting Q fever in August 2018, which is an infectious disease that forced her to stop competing and disrupted her preparation This season, after competing in the Silk Way and Morocco Rally, she said that although she wanted to do better in Africa, she did not want to take any chances before going to the Dakar. The 18-time trial and enduro world champion will, once again, be the leader of the new Spanish Gas Gas team, with which KTM signed an agreement at the end of September opening up new prospects for the future. Laia heads to the Dakar, hoping to discover a new country, unknown to everyone. She made her Dakar debut at the age of 26 and recognizes that she has become a front-runner thanks to the experience she has gained. Although she excludes herself from the list of contenders for the win, saying that the competition in the Top 15 is too strong “unless all the leading riders all”, she confirms that her gaol is a Top 10 or Top 15, which for her would be as good as a win. After co-driving for Esapekka Lappi in a WRC car during the RACC Rally, Laia declared that she would like to one day do the Dakar in a car, although she assures that she has many years ahead of her on a motorcycle.

L.S.: “I am grateful to be in good health after last year's hell. The virus left me with a very long hangover and I had trouble getting in shape, but I hope to be on top form for the Dakar. In Morocco, I progressed throughout the rally and felt better in the final days. I came up with a set-up baseline that I believe will suit me very well. I tried something intermediate with the suspension and felt very comfortable. I think it will help me to continue on safely in the fast desert. The Dakar is very competitive with several very fast riders, who are beginning to have experience. It is harder and harder to be among the Top 15. There are 10 guys who can win stages and there are five or six who can win the Dakar. It will be more interesting than ever. To finish in the Top 10 or 15 would be like a victory for me. Doing the Dakar in a car? I still have a lot of energy to continue on a bike, but in the near future I hope I get the chance to do it in a competitive car. I would love to have this option because it is great to be able to prolong a career and continue to enjoy the Dakar.”

Vehicle

KTM FACTORY RACING TEAM

  • Mark : KTM
  • Model : 450
  • Performance tuner : GasGas
  • Assistance : GasGas
  • Class : M_G1.1 : ELITE

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