(prt) 1.81m / 75kg


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2019: 17th
2018: Ab. Stage 1
2017: 10th

2019: Baja Aragon (34th), Panafrica Rally (1st), Rallye du Maroc (15th)
2018: Atacama Rally (17th), Desafio Inca (28th)
2017: OiLibya Rally of Morocco (8th), India Baja (1st), Merzouga Rally (9th), Panafrica Rally (7th)
2016: Merzouga Rally (9th), OiLibya Rally of Morocco (15th)
Previous years: Supercross and Motocross championships


“My confidence is coming back

The glittering career of Joaquim Rodrigues almost came to an abrupt end on the sands of the Dakar two years ago. On the opening stage from Lima to Pisco, the former supercross and motocross star crashed heavily, suffering a broken back that could have spelled the end of his racing days. Instead, the Portuguese rider underwent multiple surgeries and extensive rehab, returning to action in Chile seven months later and even heading back to Peru – the site of his accident – for Desafio Inca. He went on to complete Dakar 2019 in 17th place, although he now admits that he was still getting back to 100%. Slowly but surely, his confidence has been returning, and an impressive win at this year's Panafrica Rally has convinced the 38-year-old that he can put in a star turn for this first Dakar in Saudi Arabia. Motorsport is a family affair for 'J-Rod', who spent over two decades lighting up the supercross and motocross scene before switching to rally raid in 2016. His father was also a motocross rider and built Joaquim his first bike as a boy, while his sister is married to Paulo Gonçalves, who joined Hero Motorsports Team Rally earlier this year. Joaquim has already demonstrated his remarkable mental fortitude – finishing Dakar 2017 as the second-best rookie despite a broken thumb, and then coming back from that horror crash at Dakar 2018 – and with his hugely experienced brother-in-law by his side, he is ready to make Dakar 2020 his most memorable edition yet.

“Last year I was still coming back from my injury. It's been a long road to recovery! But my confidence is coming back, and the speed too, in Africa. Things are looking good. It's also great that Paulo has joined the team. As well as being my brother-in-law, he's an amazing rider, and with all his experience he will definitely bring new things to the team. Having a top guy in there is really good. I did really well at Panafrica, it was an excellent race for us. In Morocco we struggled with a few little things, but it was still a good test for the Dakar, we're getting there. Saudi Arabia is an unknown for everybody, but it's nice to have a change. The main goal is to finish and reach the line in one piece. The bike is really getting good, there's been lots of involvement from us in testing. It's looking better and better, so we'll just see how it goes.”



  • Mark : HERO
  • Model : 450 RALLY
  • Performance tuner : Speedbrain
  • Assistance : Hero MotoSports Team Rally
  • Class : G2.1 Super production

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