2017: Merzouga Rally finish line, Oillibya Rally finish line
2016: Vegas to Reno 9th
2015: Baja Europa 4th
2013: Baja 1000 3rd
2012: Baja Aragon 24th
2008 and 2009 European and Italian Champion Baja
2006: Spanish Champion Rally TT
2004: Spanish Champion Rally TT
Nicola Dutto is a professional motorbike rider. During his career, he won many races, with the Italian and European Baja Championship in 2008 and 2009 as major highlights. His life completely changed in March 2010 when he broke his spinal cord in an accident during the Italian Baja, obliging him on a wheel chair. With racing in his DNA and an incredible determination, in November 2011, nine months after getting out of the hospital bed, Nicola launched a challenge to himself: return to racing. He surprised everybody as he presented himself at the start of the legendary Baja 1000 on a Polaris Buggy, modified for his needs. After this race he announced a bigger challenge none could expect: to compete on a motorbike again. It looked like an impossible challenge but against all odds and animated by the passion for the offroad and surrounded by the support and the trust of the people around him, starting with his wife Elena -always alongside him- and KTM Italy, in 2012 Nicola competed in the 500km long Baja Aragon becoming the first ever paraplegic motorbike rider. This was just the beginning of a bigger project: competing the Dakar. Nicola never stopped dreaming and working hard and developed a kit to enable him to race. Useless to say that he found many obstacles on his path. He faced them one by one as a professional driver, as he is. Six years later he can finally say that he made it. On the 6th of January 2019 Nicola Dutto will take the start of the Dakar rally, one of the sandiest edition, on his KTM 450.
“I will compete with a KTM equipped with a special roll-bar to protect my legs, that I have developed, and on the handlebar I have the buttons for the rear and front brake, the change gear and to accelerate. I’m actually tied to the bike. I won’t be alone. I will share this adventure with 3 other drivers who will escort me one riding in front, one on each side and one behind me. It’s a team work. We have competed together the Dakar Series as the Merzouga Rally and the Morocco Rally. I take the start motivated to give the maximum. I’m fascinated by the idea to spend many hours on the bike pushing forward my physical and mental limits. Scared? Nothing scares me”.
OFFROAD ADVENTURE CREW
The last page of Nicolas Dutto’s inspiring story on the Dakar this year has been written this morning in Moquegua. The paraplegic Italian rider has been announced as a non-starter on the day’s special, just like his companions in this adventure, Pablo Toral and Julián Villarrubia.
Nicola Dutto has impressive willpower and determination. The Italian has been paraplegic since 2010 following an accident on the Baja Italia and has battled hard to get back behind the handlebars of a bike and make his dream of starting his first Dakar come true. He his accomplishing this adventure with flying colours, as well as the assistance of 3 other competitors escorting...
Being confined to a wheelchair since a crash in the Italian Baja in March 2010 has done nothing to dampen Nicola Dutto's love for motorbikes and off-road racing. Others might have drawn a line under it, but the Italian's burning ambition and passion pushed him to beat the odds by becoming the first paraplegic rider to compete in the Dakar. Nicola has been working on his...
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