N°173 Quad DEL AMO MOTORSPORTS / YAMAHA RALLY TEAM
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PABLO COPETTI

(usa) 1.81m / 83kg

Hobbies

Doing all kinds of sport!

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Del Amo Motorsports, Yamaha USA, Motul, Maxxis, DWT, Shoei, Helmet House, Alpinestars, Oakley, Tireblocks, Motion Pro, Rally Moto Shop, MX Devesa, Gipcco, Oreste Berta SA, Frenos Doppler, Team Soul, Athletix Rehab, No Limit RD, HyL quad

2021: 3rd (2 stage wins)
2018: Ab. Stage 7
2017: 3rd (1 stage win)
2016: Ab. Stage 11 (1 stage win)
2015: Ab. Stage 6
2014: Ab. Stage 6
2012: Ab. Stage 4 (1 stage win)
2011: 5th
2010: Ab. Stage 5

2021: Vegas to Reno (5th)
2020: American UTV Championship
2016: Desafío Chaco (2nd), Mina Clavero Rally (Ab.), Argentine Cross-Country Rally Championship
2015: Argentine Cross-Country Rally Championship (7th)
2014: Argentine Cross-Country Rally Championship (9th)
2013: FIM Quads World Championship (4th); Qatar Rally (4th), Cerdeña Rally (2nd), Desafio Ruta 40 (5th)
2011: Baja 500 (3rd)
2010: Atacama Rally (5th)

Interview

“The goal is always to win the Dakar”

Pablo Copetti has been one of the top competitors in the quads for over a decade, and returns for his milestone 10th outing on the Dakar with ambitions of claiming overall victory. The 46-year-old from Argentina is now based in the USA, and even acquired American nationality two years ago. Following his excellent podium finish at Dakar 2021 he got a call from Pablo Veglia, the owner of Del Amo Motorsports, who was keen to get him involved with a new project. One of the biggest motorsport dealerships in the country, Del Amo ended up joining forces with Yamaha USA to get behind Pablo, thus creating the first American team to compete in the quads class at the Dakar. Pablo was born in Cordoba and only began riding seriously at the age of 31, when he moved to Patagonia and began competing in quad cross. The Dakar switched to South America in 2009 and he quickly seized the opportunity to get involved, making his debut in 2010 and demonstrating his potential with an impressive fifth place in 2011. He has had to deal with plenty of frustration over the years, abandoning the rally on six occasions, but third-placed finishes in 2017 and 2021 show that he is a force to be reckoned with. Pablo is a fierce competitor, but also has a keen sense of fair play; the image of him hugging last year's winner Manuel Andujar when they both crossed the finish line was an admirable display of Dakar spirit. This year, Pablo took part in Vegas to Reno -the longest offroad race in the USA- as well as training hard in California and Nevada. He has previously described the quads as the “hardest vehicles to drive” at the Dakar, but that won't stop him trying to steer his Yamaha Raptor into top spot on the Saudi Arabian sands.

P.C.: “I've lived in the USA for almost 10 years, and I feel very proud to compete for Team USA. Since my first day here I've received support, and I was able to start a professional career. Thanks to support from the government to athletes, I became an American citizen two years ago. I'm very thankful and I love this country!! I was born in Argentina and I also love Patagonia. I always miss my friends and part of my family. Dakar 2021 was a good experience, although we had many problems with the quad. After two years without racing the rally, it was hard for the team to come back and be competitive. We had some problems with the engine that didn’t allow us to fight for the win. But overall it was good, because I was third and won some stages. I knew Manu before he started racing in the Dakar. Although I'm a very competitive person, I have no problem recognising who is the best. Last year Manu was the best and I felt happy for him. We haven't made many changes for Dakar 2022. We've improved the navigation system. The engine is almost the same setup, because we decided to compete with a reliable configuration. The goal is always to win the Dakar, but the class is very competitive. You have many riders who can win the race: Andujar, Enrico, Giroud, Medeiro, Pedemonte and Vitse are the main rivals. We know that one big mistake or one big problem with the quad and you cannot win it. I trust my team and I will do my best to win it.”

Vehicle

DEL AMO MOTORSPORTS / YAMAHA RALLY TEAM

YAMAHA RAPTOR
DEL AMO MOTORSPORTS / YAMAHA RALLY TEAM

  • YAMAHA
  • RAPTOR
  • Del Amo Motorsports / Yamaha Rally Team
  • Del Amo Motorsports / Yamaha Rally Team
  • Q_Q_NO

Ranking 2022

All news of P. Copetti

Reactions - 11/01 16:57 [GMT +3] - Quad

Pablo Copetti: “I will take risks: I need to reduce the gap and I want to win”

The Americano-Argentinean rider has not had his final word: occupying second position in the general rankings, he intends to do his utmost to catch Alexandre Giroud, who leads him by 24’31’’.

“It’s difficult, but we won the stage today. I think I reduce the gap. The quad is working again, my mechanics worked all night...

Newsflashes - 11/01 13:39 [GMT +3] - Quad

Copetti wins and regains 5 minutes on Giroud

Pablo Copetti has won the day’s special ahead of general rankings leader Alexandre Giroud. The Argentinean with an American passport has regained 5 minutes on the Frenchman who now has a lead of 24'31'' over his nearest pursuer. With 3rd place today, Francisco Moreno is hot on the heels of Kamil Wiśniewski in the fight for the last place on the podium. On completion of...

Newsflashes - 11/01 11:01 [GMT +3] - Quad

Copetti regains a little time

After 118 km, Pablo Copetti has taken the lead on the special from Brazilian Marcelo Medeiros, who trails him by 1'22''. Giroud is not far off, at only 1'55'' behind. In the virtual general rankings, the Frenchman leads comfortably, but Copetti has regained some ground, moving to within 28'52''. Giroud’s lead means he can content himself with controlling his advance, though...

Newsflashes - 11/01 10:12 [GMT +3] - Quad

Giroud hangs on

Brazil’s Marcelo Medeiros, who is out of the reckoning for overall victory, is putting on one hell of a show on the special! Like yesterday, he leads the special at the first time check point after 40 km. Pablo Copetti is in second place, 5'' behind and Alexandre Giroud occupies third place, trailing by 23''. The Frenchman is still in the virtual lead of the general rankings,...

Newsflashes - 07/01 09:15 [GMT +3] - Quad

Copetti and Andújar hunting down Giroud

Alexandre Giroud will be taking on the role of the hunted this morning. He took the lead on the 44th edition of the Dakar yesterday evening and boasts a lead of 27’40 in the general rankings over Copetti who he dethroned on completion of the shortened special yesterday. Andújar is 58’39 behind. The two Argentineans are will not be making things easy for the...

Reactions - 05/01 18:06 [GMT +3] - Quad

Pablo Copetti: "My lead is not sufficient"

The Argentinian-American leader of the quad race holds a lead of 13′20″ over Frenchman Alexandre Giroud.

"I led from the front knowing that the three riders behind me would catch up with me. We spent the stage together. I stayed behind them to keep an eye on my navigation and see if they made any mistakes, but they didn't. Sure, they made...

Reactions - 04/01 13:05 [GMT +3] - Quad

Pablo Copetti: “If you don’t finish, you can’t win”

The Americano-Argentinean quad rider won the day’s special and also took the lead in his category, with an advantage of 2’ over Frenchman Alexandre Giroud.

“It was a nice stage. I’ve won the stage, so I’m happy and now I’m maybe first overall. It was a fast day with nice dunes, but I rode carefully because I didn’t...

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