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ATTENTION - IMPORTANT INFORMATION: DUE TO THE STRIKE MOVEMENT EXPECTED ON DECEMBER 5th IN FRANCE, THE SCRUTINEERING AND THE BOARDING WILL TAKE PLACE ON DECEMBER 3rd AND 4th.
N°250 Quad CASALE RACING
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IGNACIO CASALE

(chl) Born on 27/04/1987 1.78m / 72kg

Sponsors

Yamaha, Red Bull, Herbalife, Lubrax, Chevrolet, Bahco Herramientas, Maxxis Tires, Mall Sport.

2019: SxS/Abandono en la etapa 6
2018: Quad/1º
2017: Quad/ 2º
2016: Quad/ Abandono en la etapa 6
2015: Quad/ Abandono en la etapa 10
2014: Quad/ 1º
2013: Quad/ 2º
2012: Quad/ 4º
2011: Moto / 40º
2010: Camión / 26º

2019: 3º en el Campeonato FIM Quads Cross Country Rallies, 1º en la categoría Quads del Rally de Marruecos.
2018: 2º en la categoría UTV en la Baja Atacama; compitió en el Atacama Rally.
2017: 1º en la XIV Baja Atacama; 1º en la categoría Quads de la Baja 300 del Baja Atacama Series.
2015: 2º en el Dakar Series Desafío Ruta 40
2015: 1º en el Atacama Cross Country Rally (3ª fecha Campeonato Sudamericano y 5ª del Campeonato Mundial de Rally Cross Country FIM)
2013: 1° en Quads en el Dakar Series Desafío Inca y en el Desafío del Desierto.
2012: Campeón Nacional Atacama Rally categoría Quads.
2012: Campeón Nacional de Cross Country categoría Quads.
2011: 1° en el Desafío del Desierto.
2011: 3º en la categoría Quads del Campeonato Argentino de Cross Country.
2010: 3° en la categoría Motos del Campeonato Nacional de Cross Country.
2009: Integrante del seleccionado de Enduro Chile en el mundial de San Juan. 1º

Interview

“If I want to win, I have to be a tactician”

After winning for a second time in the quad category, the switch of Ignacio Casale to the SSV class in 2019 was a surprise. Teamed with Américo Aliaga, the Chilean drove a respectable rally…just until retiring with mechanical problems on stage six. While admitting to have enjoyed the experience and that he will return to the class one day, the truth is that when Yamaha proposed he get back on the quad and take on the dunes, he realised his passion is still intact. “El perro” (“the dog”) Casale will contest in a quad his 11th Dakar, to add to his already impressive record. He, in fact, made his debut in a truck in 2010 with a 26th place result, he switched to bikes in 2011, finishing 40th, before moving onto quads in 2012 with 4th in the general classification After his first victory in 2014, he retired in 2015 and in 2016 when he dropped out after a serious accident. In 2017, he returned after another fall during testing that resulted in multiple fractures to finish runner-up for a second time. In 2018, he was back in perfect physical form and went on for an uncontested win. Last year he in SSV he failed to make it to the finish. Eager to ride a tactical rally on new terrain to everyone, Ignacio only has to look after his riding and navigation as Drag’on is preparing and will service the Raptor 700. With Alexandre Giroud and Axel Dutrie as team mates, Casale knows that Rafal Sonik among the veterans and Manuel Andújar among the young guys will be his two main rivals.

I.C: “The 2019 Dakar will be a different Dakar for me. The truth is that the competition in SSV has been fantastic, I would do it a thousand times and hopefully very soon. I liked the sensations behind the wheel of the SSV and the good vibes of my co-driver Américo Aliag. It was an unforgettable experience. After my win in 2018, I was really tired of the quad. I didn’t want anything to do with it. But 16 months ago, I already wanted to come back. The desire returned. Yamaha sent me a quad, I went to the dunes and I realised that it is really my thing. However, now, I do things differently. I enjoy the setting and environment more. Before, in my mind, there was only a desire to win and that inhibited me from appreciating what I had accomplished. It killed my passion. Now, I am back fully motivated and of course I want to win my third title. That would be a dream, with a special meaning, because it is not a Dakar in South America. I don’t much about Saudi Arabia, but it is the same for everyone. This Dakar will be for the more intelligent, not for the fastest. It will be dominated by the rider who best adapts to the terrain, the new road book and who is the most consistent. It will be the most tactical Dakar ever, that will reward those who best use their heads.”

Vehicle

CASALE RACING

  • Mark : YAMAHA
  • Model : RAPTOR 700
  • Performance tuner : Drag’on Racing
  • Assistance : Drag’on Racing
  • Class : Q_GQ.1 : G3.1 - 2 roues motrices - 0 à 750 cm3

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