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2018: Ab. Stage 3
2017: Ab. Stage 5
2018: Merzouga Rally (6th), Baja Espana Aragon (9th)
2016: Balkan Offroad Rallye, Duna Aszfalt Cup (1st)
2015: Hellas Rally (2nd)
2014: Rally Breslau (1st)
2013: Romanian Baja (1st)
2012: European Baja (2nd)
2011: Baja Carpathia (2nd), Intercontinental Rally (1st)
2010: Italian Baja (3rd)
Czech quad rider Tomáš Kubiena is hoping it will be third time lucky as he returns to the Dakar following abandons in 2017 and 2018. The 42-year-old businessman has had his fair share of bad luck on the rally so far, with mechanical problems forcing him to retire in his first two participations. But with the help of the ambitious Moto Racing Group (MRG), who are back for their sixth Dakar in South America, Tomáš is determined to make it through to the finish line in Lima. A talented rider with over a decade of experience under his belt, he has been training hard this year, knowing that finally making it to the end of the world's toughest rally on his Hawk 690 would be a standout achievement in an already impressive career.
“I'm really looking forward to the upcoming Dakar. Like most competitors, I enjoy the dunes, they make for some amazing riding. It'll be physically demanding, a lot of people will make mistakes, and with such difficult navigation you always run the risk of incurring penalties. But we've been preparing carefully throughout the year. We've done plenty of testing at several races, especially on sand. I think our preparations have been good and we can have fun at the Dakar again. I think this will be the year I'll finally get to the finish line, so we'll have something to celebrate with the team.”
MOTO RACING GROUP (MRG)
It is a dark day for Tomas Kubiena. The Czech rider, fifth in the general standings this morning, has been forced to exit the rally after 54 kilometres of today’s special, due to engine problems on his Ibos quad.
Tomas Kubiena continues to lead the quads on the special at CP2. The Ibos rider is 1’20 ahead of Alexandre Giroud whilst Nicolás Cavigliasso has slipped back into 4th position, 3’06 behind.
The surprise of the day in the quad race may be provided by Tomas Kubiena. The Czech rider, who did not complete either of his first two Dakar rallies, has reached CP1 with a good minute’s lead over Gustavo Gallego. Frenchman Alexandre Giroud is also on form today, occupying provisional third place.
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