JOAQUIM RODRIGUES(prt) 1.81m / 75kg
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2020: Ab. Stage 7
2018: Ab. Stage 1
2021: Andalucia Rally (4th), Rally Kazakhstan (7th), Silk Way Rally (9th), Morocco Rally (8th), Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge (3rd)
2020: Andalucia Rally (27th)
2019: Baja Aragon (34th), Panafrica Rally (1st), Morocco Rally (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
“Racing is the best thing you can do”
Joaquim Rodrigues has had to deal with a lot in the past couple of years, but riding his bike has slowly helped the 40-year-old to recover his form and confidence. At Dakar 2020, the Portuguese rider lost his brother-in-law Paulo Gonçalves, who tragically died on the seventh stage. The terrible event plunged the entire rally raid family into a state of mourning, and left Joaquim battling with depression. After an extremely difficult year, he made the bold decision to return to the Dakar in 2021 and ride it in honour of the man who was married to his sister Sofia. One of the most emotional moments of the rally was seeing a tearful Joaquim cross the finish line on the final day and point to the skies. The Hero MotoSports factory rider now takes Paulo with him wherever he goes racing, and the whole team wear Paulo's final race number, 8, on their kit. Joaquim has had a busy 2021 season, competing in as many rallies as possible to help Hero fine-tune their 450 Rally and target the top places at Dakar 2022. He began with a promising fourth place at the Andalucia Rally, and ended with a first world championship podium at the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge -the same rally where Paulo took his maiden world championship podium in 2012. Over the course of a long professional career in supercross, motocross and rally raid, Joaquim has learned that you have to play it smart on an event like the Dakar. In spite of everything he was going through last year, he still took a very creditable 11th place in the bikes, and will now be looking to finish in the top 10 for the second time after his 2017 debut.
J.R.: “The main goal is always Dakar. We need to ride in the desert, and this year we tried to race as much as we could. The bike is always new, we're always developing. That's why we use all these races during the year to test new stuff. I think all the factory teams do that, because the best testing is racing, you know? I think we'll be better prepared for the next Dakar. Time on the bike is always good! You feel more comfortable, more loose on the bike. Racing is the best thing you can do. And the results are showing that also. The whole team is doing good and that's what's important. Every time I go on the bike now, Paulo goes with me, to every race. It was hard times, still is hard times, difficult for my family, my sister and her kids. It's been tough, you know. But taking him with me motivates me a little bit to keep pushing, to keep going and not give up. That was Paulo. I have many years of racing already, not only rallies but also motocross and supercross. And you can't do more than what you can control. Just go out there every day and do the best you can. Make your bad days work as well as you can, and at the end of the race see what you get. I take every day as it comes, not thinking about the final result. Even if I come last, if I feel it was the best I had in me that day, it's good enough for me. That's the mentality you need to have, especially for rallies."
HERO MOTOSPORTS TEAM RALLY
HERO 450 RALLY
HERO MOTOSPORTS TEAM RALLY
- Mark : HERO
- Model : 450 RALLY
- Performance tuner : Speedbrain
- Assistance : Hero MotoSports Team Rally
- Class : M_GP_NO
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