Axel Dutrie is making his third consecutive appearance on the Dakar. After gaining experience, the rider from the North of France is taking on this edition calmly. Competing in the most prestigious rally-raids has quickly become a given for Axel, who is the son of bike rider Guy Dutrie. Guy gave his son Axel a mini-bike when he was a tyke, but his large size posed a problem. After trying his hand at motocross, he quickly found his marks on a quad and was soon one of the better riders in his region, the Haut-de-France, where there are plenty of opportunities to ride in the sand. Axel Dutrie now runs a motorcycle and quad spare parts distribution business. Adding to this busy agenda is the development of his Drag’on Rally team that this year will enter several quad and bike riders on the Dakar. After finishing 5th in his first attempt and 8th on his second, he hopes to finish in the Top 5 this year. His wins this season in the Afriquia Merzouga Rally ad Morocco Rally make him a serious outsider for a spot on the podium.
“As usual, I am heading into the rally with a lot of humility. The goal will be to finish and if possible in the Top 5. But I know that so many things can happen on a Dakar and that demands being careful every day. I was very busy running my business this year and I rode less than last year. The Morocco Rally reassured me a lot about my physical aptitudes and navigation. I decided to return to the Dakar with a 450cm², like I had two years ago, which seems to me to be more adapted to a rally route that will be shorter and more physical.”
DRAG'ON RALLY TEAM
Axel Dutrie’s worst nightmares cannot be much ghastlier than the start to his 3rd participation on the Dakar. The Frenchman has broken down after only 18 kilometres of the special and is repairing his Yamaha quad, though it looks like he may have up to 2 hours of work on his hands!
Axel Dutrie has also started the first special on the Dakar 2019. The Frenchman is aiming for a podium place in Lima after having finished 5th in 2017 and 9th in 2018. His ambitions are legitimate in light of his fine season in 2018 with victories in the Afriquia Merzouga Rally and Rally of Morocco.
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