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MARIO PATRAO

(prt) 1.8m / 78kg

Hobbies

Holidays, travel, spending time with friends, watching TV, reading magazines and technical manuals

Sponsors

KTM Factory Racing, Credito Agricola, Bahco, Grab&Go, Alpinestars, Ludiadas Saude, Hotel Abrigo da Montanha, Ride 100% Portugal, A&M Cosmetica, RR Motos, AQD Graphics, Garcia&Gouveia, Moloni Software, RDSports, Fisiopatelar, Clinica Medica da SCM Seia, Camara Municipal de Seia, MXT Racing, Gois Moto Clube, Federacao Motociclismo Portugal, Eduardo Codices, MarioPatraomotosport

2019: Ab. Stage 6
2017: 20th
2016: 13th (winner of Marathon class)
2015: Ab. Stage 10
2014: 36th
2013: 30th

2019: Serres Rally (3rd), Panafrica Rally (8th), Rallye du Maroc (22nd), Baja Portalegre (7th)
2018: Baja Aragon (6th), Hungarian Baja (2nd), Rallye du Maroc (11th), Baja Portalegre (6th), Portuguese TT3 Championship (1st)
2017: Panafrica Rally (5th), OiLibya Rally of Morocco (11th)
2016: OiLibya Rally of Morocco (17th)
2015: Qatar Cross-Country Rally (11th)
2012: Merzouga Rally (4th)
2010: Estoril-Marrakech (6th)
20 x Portuguese offroad champion
5 x Portuguese enduro champion
4 ISDE gold medallist (2003, 2004, 2008, 2009)
6 x winner of Baja Portalegre 500

Interview

“Whatever doesn't kill you makes you stronger”

Mario Patrao hasn't been spared by the Dakar in recent years. In 2018, the Portuguese rider was forced to pull out of the rally at the eleventh hour due to appendicitis, and in 2019 he abandoned because of a serious crash on stage six. The 43-year-old suffered a broken vertebra which kept him out of action for seven months this year, even if he managed to avoid undergoing surgery. He was back on a bike at the Serres Rally in Greece in late August, finishing on the podium, and has gone on to complete the Panafrica Rally, the Rallye du Maroc and his beloved Baja Portalegre as he battles back to form. One of the most decorated Portuguese riders in history with around 30 national titles in enduro and offroad, Mario has been taking part in the Dakar since 2013. His best performance to date came in 2016, when he claimed a sensational 13th place overall and topped the Marathon class. This year's preparations have been upset by that crash at Dakar 2019, but the Seia native is still determined to give the best possible account of himself in Saudi Arabia.

“I think one of my biggest qualities is never giving up on my goals. Behind dreams are sacrifices that you sometimes don't see, but there will always be a tomorrow and I'll fight for it. People who know me will understand what I say and the dedication I have for my passion. Whatever doesn't kill you makes you stronger! This year, because of my crash at the Dakar, I couldn't compete in the Portuguese national championships, but I didn't want to miss Portalegre. It's an emblematic race which symbolises a great deal for me, and I consider that I fulfilled my objective there. I've been focused on testing the bike and riding as many miles as possible. I think we're on the right track, we still have a few weeks of work ahead to reach the end of the year at the best possible level. I'm aware of all the hard work I need to do, but I'll fight to the point of exhaustion to be in top form for January.”

Vehicle

KTM FACTORY TEAM

  • Mark : KTM
  • Model : 450 RALLY
  • Performance tuner : KTM Factory Racing Team
  • Assistance : KTM Factory Racing Team
  • Class : G2.1 Super production

Ranking 2020

Scratch Stage General
1 41 41 41
2 40 40 40
3 104 104 45
4 43 43 44
5 35 35 40
6 32 32 38
7 30 30 37
8 - - 37
9 27 26 35
10 36 36 33
11 33 33 32
12 29 29 32

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