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MACIEJ GIEMZA

(pol) 1.75m / 72kg

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2021: Ab; Stage 9
2020: 17th
2019: Ab. Stage 8
2018: 24th

2021: Polish Baja Championships (1st)
2020: Baja Szczecinek (1st), Baja Lithuania (1st), Greece Rally (1st), Baja do Pinhal (3rd), Baja Portalegre 500 (11th)
2019: Silk Way Rally (10th), Baja Aragon (6th), Hungarian Baja (3rd), Rallye du Maroc (20th)
2018: FIM Junior Cross-Country Rallies (1st): Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge (20th), Qatar Cross-Country Rally (1st), Atacama Rally (13th), Rallye du Maroc (16th)
2017: FIM Junior Cross-Country Rallies (1st): Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge (11th), Qatar Cross-Country Rally (10th), Baja Poland (2nd), OiLibya Rally of Morocco (14th)

Interview

“If I could ride like on the 2021 Dakar and finish that would be perfect”

The 2021 Dakar was a bitter-sweet experience for the ex-FIM Junior Cross-Country Rallies world champion and Polish regular Maciej Giemza. His avowed ambition going into his fifth year on the event was to improve on his P17 2020 finish and close the gap on the Top 10. And for the man who made his Dakar debut back in 2018, up until Stage 9 everything was going pretty much according to plan. Finishing each day between 11th and 20th he was feeling comfortable on the bike and could see that he was closer to the front runners than on previous years. Then Lady Luck, in the form of a rock hidden in the dust, decided differently and it was game over for the Orlen Team rider, who was forced out of the race with torn shoulder ligaments and two broken bones in a foot. After that the rider known for his calculated approach to rally raid was out of action for a couple of months before embarking on an essentially domestic racing programme that saw him win the Polish Baja Championship. Then with the Polish winter setting in Maciej wisely decided to jet off to Dubai for 6 weeks of sand riding in preparation for what promises to be a particularly sandy 2022 Dakar.

“It may seem a strange thing to say, given how the 2021 edition finished for me, but in many ways it was my best Dakar to date. Top 10 is the zone that the best factory riders inhabit and those guys are really fast and training and racing all year to achieve those kinds of speeds. So, before the race I was thinking if I could get just behind them, around 11 to 15 that would be a really good result for me and until almost the end that is what I was managing. After that there is always an element of chance on the Dakar and my race didn’t finish how I had hoped… But if I could go back in 2022 and have the same feeling on the bike and the same pace and finish I’d be really happy. I maybe started riding again after my accident a little bit too soon but now I’m fully fit and ready to race. David Castera said early on in the year that there would be a lot of sand on this next edition and as there isn’t so much where I live I went out to Dubai to spend as much time riding sand, dunes and camel grass as possible. Hopefully it will be good preparation. We’ll find out in January!”

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