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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°28 Bike YAMALUBE YAMAHA OFFICIAL RALLY TEAM
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JAMIE MCCANNEY

(gbr) Born on 18/06/1994 1.76m / 75kg

Sponsors

Outsiders Sports, Duke Video, 100 per cent, Alpinestars, CTi knee braces, Harris & Ross, Isle of Man Sport, Mutuelle des Motards, Arai Europe, Trek Bicycle Wilmslow, Mertrux, RSP United Kingdom

First participation

2019: Merzouga Rally (11th), Aveyronnaise Classic (1st)
2018: FIM Enduro World Championship (2nd, E1 class)
2016: FIM Enduro World Championship (10th, E1 class)
2015: Junior Enduro World Championship (1st), E1 ISDE (1st), British Enduro Championship (1st)
2014: Junior South West Enduro Championship (4th)
2013: Enduro World Championship Youth Cup (3rd), FIM Youth Cup (1st)
2012: Enduro World Championship Youth Cup (3rd)
Previous years: British MX Championships

Interview

“I couldn't miss the opportunity”

Jamie McCanney is gearing up for a serious baptism of fire at Dakar 2020. The talented British rider has been starring for many years in enduro, but only followed Yamaha into rally raid earlier this year. Having grown up on the Isle of Man -home of the famous annual Tourist Trophy- Jamie discovered bikes at an early age, following in the footsteps of his older brother Daniel by competing in, and winning, the British motocross championship. He switched to enduro in 2012 and wasted no time in becoming a standout performer, despite a couple of injury setbacks along the way. After winning the FIM Youth Cup title in 2013, he enjoyed a stellar 2015, securing the enduro junior world championship and British enduro championship titles -not bad for a 21-year-old! Since being promoted to the seniors in 2016, Jamie has been part of the official Yamaha setup -and with the Japanese giants choosing to pull out of enduro in late 2018 to focus on other disciplines, notably rally raid, the 25-year-old finds himself preparing for a leap into the unknown. Happily, he will be able to rely on his experienced teammates -elite riders Adrien Van Beveren, Xavier de Soultrait and Franco Caimi- to guide him through this maiden foray into the world of rally raid, where he'll be tackling the toughest event the sport has to offer.

“The Isle of Man is quite good for getting experience of bikes, with the TT especially. We grew up watching it as kids; you'd just jump on a bike and ride over the hills to go see it. My brother is two and a half years older than me, so I used to watch him racing in the British motocross championship. He quite enjoys enduro but he's had a baby now, so he's not keen on leaving home that much. I did the MX championship myself in 2004 and won it in 2005. I ended up winning every major championship I could in Britain, but because we were travelling over from the Isle of Man, Europe was too much for us. I stopped motocross in 2011, and basically had to either go pro or go back to my job as an electrician. A week after my bike test I flew to Chile for my first race, but I hit a stray dog and snapped my wrist and collarbone. Since I moved into the seniors I've been on a Yamaha, and I've come second in the championship twice. It's a bit sad to have left without a title. I was talking about going to Dakar in a few years' time, but then the plan for Yamaha changed. They said 'Jamie, if you want to stay with us and come to rally, now's the time.' It was something I wanted to do anyway, so I couldn't miss the opportunity. I dislocated my shoulder halfway through last season, so this has been a bit of a transition year, to just trickle away at learning the rally bike. I'd just come back from an operation before Merzouga, I only rode the rally bike the week before and saw the roadbook about three days before. If I was 100% fit and I'd been riding most weeks, I'd have a different view of things. It's just a lot of the unknown. I know I'm capable of riding, and there's no pressure on me to get any sort of result. And I'm very fortunate to be part of the Yamaha setup. They're a top team with top riders who have taken me under their wing. I've got a lot to learn from them.”

Vehicle

YAMALUBE YAMAHA OFFICIAL RALLY TEAM

  • Mark : YAMAHA
  • Model : WRF 450
  • Performance tuner : Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team
  • Assistance : Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team
  • Class : M_G2.1 : G2.1 Super Production – 0 à 450 cm3

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