MANUEL ANDUJAR(arg) 1.83m / 82kg
Andar en motos, cuatriciclos y camionetas. Ir a la cancha a alentar a Boca Juniors, club del que es fanático. Tiene en su quinta seis labradores, un dogo presa canario llamado “Dakar” y una burra “Ofelia”.
Equipo 7240, 7240 Blindajes, Pablo Vera Raid School.
2023: Quad/ Abandono en la Etapa 11 (3 victorias de etapa)
2022: Quad/ Abandono en la Etapa 6
2021: Quad/ 1º (2 victorias de etapa)
2020: Quad/ 4º
2019: Quad/ 5°
2018: Quad/ 29º
2023: Desafio Ruta 40 (1º) / Rallye du Maroc (3 victorias de etapa, abandono). W2RC: 5º
Compitió en la categoría Q1 en algunas fechas del CaNav.
2022: 1º en la categoría Quads en el Rally de Marruecos; 7º en la categoría Quads Q1 del CaNav.
2021: Campeón en la categoría Quads de la Copa del Mundo FIM de Rallies Cross Country: 1º en el Rally de Kazajistán, 1º en el Rally dos Sertoes, 1º en el Rally de Marruecos, 3º en Abu Dhabi.
2019: 3° en la categoría Quads Q1 del Campeonato Argentino de Navegación CANAV.
2018: 7º en la categoría Quads 4x2 del CARCC; 9º en la General de la Categoría Quads del Desafío Ruta 40.
2017: 6º en la categoría Quads en el Rally de Merzouga
“I want to bring both titles back to Argentina”
Manuel Andújar has experienced Dakar glory with his quad victory in 2021, which is probably why he also knows how to accept defeat and emerge stronger in search of new and more ambitious goals. In 2023, while third overall, he suffered engine failure at kilometre 70 of stage 11 and could not continue. It was his second consecutive Dakar retirement, which affected the outcome of his W2RC season, which had its best moment with the victory in the Desafío Ruta 40. Looking back over his racing career, Manuel Andújar began in quadcross when he was 18, competing in the USA and Argentina for three years. Later, and searching for new challenges, he decided to venture into rally raid. He knew he had the pace and speed, but he had to master navigation. He made his Dakar debut in 2018, finishing 29th, and the year after he finished fifth. In 2020, he finished fourth in the Saudi Arabian dunes. With great determination, working long hours on the road maps and with psychological preparation, he took on the 2021 Dakar. He took the overall lead on stage 7 and dedicated himself to containing Giovanni Enrico to secure the win. Manuel shed tears on the final ramp and received the Touareg trophy draped in the colours of the Argentinean flag and his beloved football club, Boca Juniors. In 2021, "Manu" won almost every event he raced - three victories and a P3 - and the World Championship in the quad category, ahead of the legendary Rafal Sonik. Dakar glory has not changed the life of this rider from the interior of the province of Buenos Aires, in the heart of the Argentinean Pampas. Manuel has an uncomplicated demeanour, follows Boca everywhere he goes, devotes hours and hours of care to his donkey Ofelia and his dog Dakar, and even makes time for public service, spearheading a helmet awareness campaign for motorcyclists in his hometown. Although he says his main goal is the Dakar, the native of Lobos is going for it all and wants to win both the race and the championship for his country.
M.A.: “Last year's Dakar was a very close race, with a lot of dangerous rocky terrain, which caused the vehicles to suffer a lot in the early stages, resulting in a lot of wear and tear towards the end of the rally. Leaving aside my mechanical problem, I think the Dakar was interesting. I was able to draw a lot of conclusions and prepare myself better for what was to come. The disappointing Dakar result complicated my continuity in the W2RC, but I was a contender in the two events I did and could try several things for 2024".
"To race the Desafío Ruta 40 in Argentina, a race on a par with or - in my opinion - superior to the Dakar, is wonderful. I think it will be a welcome addition to the calendars of the competitors who truly love this sport. Winning it was a unique feeling. Morocco? It's always tough to drop out when you're doing well. But the good news is that it gives us a general parameter of where we are and what we need to improve. The main and indisputable objective is going to be the Dakar. We are going for everything. I want to take the two titles back to Argentina and show the level we are riding here”.
7240 TEAM / DRAGON RALLY SERVICE
YAMAHA RAPTOR 700
DRAG'ON RALLY TEAM
- Mark YAMAHA
- Model RAPTOR 700
- Performance tuner Drag’on Rally Team
- Assistance Drag’on Rally Team
- Class Quad
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