N°165 Bike TEAM BIACHI PRATA - HONDA
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ARCÉLIO COUTO

(prt) 1.78m / 75kg

Hobbies

Just motorcycles!

Sponsors

Honda Portugal, Mototur, MC Donalds (Marco), ACP, Marco de Canaveses, Metro Numbers, Theofficialshirts.com, ACL, Motul, Jocel, Hit Management, + que uma agência, Polisport, Toptul, Crosspro, Puretech – Michelin, LCmotos, F2R, ICOracing

First participation

2021: Morocco Rally (7th, Enduro Cup)
2019: Panafrica Rally

Interview

"I'm very excited and very emotional."

Arcelio Couto is getting ready to dive in at the deep end as he makes his Dakar debut in 2022, but the Portuguese rider should get plenty of help along the way. He is competing for the team of his highly experienced compatriot Pedro Bianchi Prata, who has already completed the world's toughest rally nine times in the bikes. As a former team coordinator for the official Honda factory team, 47-year-old Pedro knows exactly what it takes to tackle the Dakar, and he will do his best to guide Arcelio and fellow newcomer Paulo Oliveira to the finish line in Jeddah. Arcelio has been riding bikes since he was a boy, although he only started racing them around five years ago, in his mid-thirties. He was soon drawn to offroad biking and did the Panafrica Rally in 2019, before embarking on the road that has led him to Dakar 2022. Arcelio comes from Famalicao, the same town as former Dakar star Paulo Marques, and he will be hoping to make everyone back home proud by enjoying a successful debut.

"I was born in Famalicao, which is home to another great Dakar rider, Paulo Marques. He won two stages at the Dakar a long time ago. I got my first bike when I was 10, but I only started to race more seriously around five years ago. I did my first rally with Pedro in 2019. He also taught me how to navigate, how to read the roadbook and everything. And at that time we decided to do the Dakar. I'm very nervous! It's a shame because in Portugal most people only think about football, but the Dakar is very well known among motorcycle fans. I'm very excited and very emotional also because it's my first Dakar. It's a dream come true."

Vehicle

TEAM BIACHI PRATA - HONDA

HONDA CRF 450RX
TEAM BIACHI PRATA - HONDA

  • HONDA
  • CRF 450RX
  • Team Bianchi Prata - Honda
  • Team Bianchi Prata - Honda
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