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LAIA SANZ

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

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Soficat, Red Bull, Cupra, KTM, Nike, Racc, Laika

http://www.laiasanz.com/

2018: 12ª
2017: 16ª
2016: 15ª
2015: 9ª (8ª en la 4ª etapa y 5ª en la etapa 8)
2014: 16º (7ª de la 9ª etapa)
2013: 93º (12ª de la 8ª etapa)
2012: 39º
2011: 39º

13 mundiales de Trial, 5 mundiales de Enduro, 10 Europeos de Trial y 6 veces ganadora del Trial de las Naciones.
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

“This year I am being very careful, the Dakar tests your limits”

Unlike in recent years, Laia Sanz struggled during her preparation before coming to the Dakar. The Catalan rider remained on the side lines for most of the year due to Q fever, which is an infectious disease that has kept her of her bike since last summer and that has affected her Dakar preparation. “I am used to training hard and I couldn’t do it for most of the year. I have been more fatigued than usual for the past few months and I know that I will not come to this Dakar in my best form. But that’s the way it goes.” Due to this health issue, Laia was only able to take part in the Merzouga Rally where she finished 13th. Her progress on the Dakar over the years has been obvious, and her main goal is still to be at the start on January 6 in the best possible condition. “Be well prepared, the goal, normally will be to be among the top 15. But today I am in the unknown, I don’t know what to expect when it comes to sensations. It would be better than I expect, but I want to be very careful this year and ride without a particular objective. All I want is to start the tally in good health.” What is sure is that Laia’s future will continue to be linked to the Dakar, a race she is passionate about. “It is the toughest rally in the world, the ambiance between the riders is very different than from other races. There are rivalries, but there is also solidarity. In the end, you put your limits to the test, everything is very intense. "

L.S.: “Peru is one of the best countries for the Dakar. We have really enjoyed the past few years because the stages are very demanding and feature a lot of sand. I think there will be more navigation this year and that will make things more complicated. It is a bit of the unknown. I hope there will be a lot of navigation and that it will make the difference. The Dakar is a special race. We have been there several times, but never get enough. You go there, you ride, suffer, but you always want to come back. It's magic.”

Vehicle

KTM FACTORY RACING TEAM

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

Ranking 2019

Scratch Stage General
1 31 31 31
2 27 26 26
3 22 23 20
4 20 20 20
5 20 20 19
6 15 15 16
7 22 21 15
8 18 17 12
9 13 12 11
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All news of L. Sanz

Newsflashes - 16/01 06:33 [GMT -5] - Moto

Laia Sanz gets going

Laia Sanz has started the ninth special of the Dakar. The KTM rider, sitting in twelfth place overall, looks set to finish her ninth Dakar.

Newsflashes - 13/01 09:11 [GMT -5] - Moto

Eight women still in the race

17 women signed up for the 2019 Dakar, more than at any other point since the rally came to South America. Eight of them are still in the race at the start of stage 6 in Arequipa. Laia Sanz, sitting 19th overall, is the top female rider in the motorbike classification. Camelia Liparoti is 52nd in the car category, while Annett Fischer ranks a solid 16th in...

Newsflashes - 07/01 12:14 [GMT -5] - Moto

Sanz at the start

Laia Sanz has also started the first special of the rally. The official KTM rider is the only member of the bike line-up to have completed the last 8 Dakar rallies!

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