Sunday 28 November at 11 am (Paris time) - Presentation of the 2022 Dakar
N°26 Bike ORION - MOTO RACING GROUP
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MILAN ENGEL

(cze)

Hobbies

Gym, indoor cycling, spending time with my girlfriend

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2020: 26th
2019: 15th
2018: Ab. Stage 11
2017: 34th
2016: Ab. Stage 10
2015: 30th

2019: Hellas Rally (2nd), Rallye du Maroc (23rd)
2018: Baja Aragon (9th), Merzouga Rally (64th)
2014: Czech Enduro Championships (3rd, E3 class), Czech Enduro-Sprint Championships (1st, E3 class), European Enduro Championships (2nd, Junior team class)
2013: Czech Enduro Championships (1st, E2 class), Czech Enduro-Sprint Championships (1st, E2 class), European Enduro Championships (4th, E2 class)
2012: Czech Cross-Country Championship (1st, E1 class), Czech Enduro Championships (1st, E1 class), European Enduro Championships (5th, E2 class)
2011: Czech Cross-Country Championship (1st, E1 class), Czech Enduro-Sprint Championships (1st, E1 class), European Enduro Championships (3rd, Junior class)
2010: Czech Cross-Country Championship (2nd, E2 class), Czech Enduro-Sprint Championships (2nd, E1 class)
2009: Czech Cross-Country Championship (1st, E1 class), Czech Enduro-Sprint Championships (3rd), European Enduro Championships (12th, E1 Junior class)
2008: Czech Cross-Country Championship (1st, E1 class), Czech Enduro-Sprint Championships (5th, E1 class)

Interview

“Every Dakar has a different story”

Milan Engel is gearing up for his 7th Dakar outing with the ambitious Moto Racing Group (MRG) team at Dakar 2021. Since making his debut in 2015, the 29-year-old has had plenty of ups and downs on the world's biggest rally. He successfully completed his maiden outing in 30th place, but abandoned on two of his next three participations, coming 34th in 2017. The stars aligned at Dakar 2019, where he stormed to a sensational 15th place in the bikes and finished as the top Czech rider, also securing a best-ever result for MRG. But ill fortune scuppered his hopes of another top-20 finish in the first Saudi Arabian edition a year ago. Milan had made a solid start to the rally but suffered rear tyre damage on Stage 4, meaning he had to ride over 50 kilometres on the rim! He lost over an hour and a half that day and went on to have a couple of crashes, eventually coming home in 26th place. It was a rather disappointing Dakar for MRG, with new boy Martin Michek losing an hour on the penultimate stage and dropping to 23rd, when he was in the mix to finish as the top rookie. Undeterred, the Czech duo are once again targeting the top 20 this year in what promises to be a fascinating battle just behind the factory riders. Milan, who has been on the MRG books since 2015, is a multiple Czech champion in enduro and cross-country, and has also picked up 3 gold medals at International Six Day Enduro (ISDE). His website proudly states his ambition to one day win the Dakar, but for now he would probably be content to improve on that already excellent 15th place from two years ago.

“On Stage 4 of last year's Dakar I felt the back wheel vibrating, and I knew something was wrong. I immediately slowed down, because I didn't want to risk falling and damaging the bike. Unfortunately, I still had to drive maybe 50 kilometers on the rim only. Nothing like that had ever happened to me before. Every Dakar has a different story, but things didn't go so well in 2020, I had various issues. Now we'll see what the next one brings! I think it's realistic for me to fight for the top 20. Like Martin Michek, I'm capable of keeping pace with the guys at that level.”

Vehicle

ORION - MOTO RACING GROUP

  • Mark : KTM
  • Model : 450 RALLY REPLICA
  • Performance tuner : MRG
  • Assistance : MRG
  • Class : G2.1 Super production

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