N°311 Light Prototype YAMAHA POWERED BY X-RAID TEAM

CAMELIA LIPAROTI

(ita)

Hobbies

Racing, Skiing, Mountaineering, Flying

Sponsors

Yamaha Motor Europe / Sparco / Bremar / BikeVillage / C.A.T. Racing

2021: Winner of Auto, T3 and SSV Ladies Category and 2nd OVERALL Dakar Podium in T3 Light Weight Prototype
2020: Finisher in Dakar Experience
2019: 4th Overall UTV Category
2018: 5th Overall SSV Category
2017: 13th Overall Quad, Winner of the Women classification
2016: 11th Overall Quad, Winner of the Women classification
2015: 15th Overall Quad, Winner of the Women classification
2014: 13th Overall Quad, Winner of the Women classification
2013: 15th Overall Quad, Winner of the Women classification
2012: 9th Overall Quad, Winner of the Women classification
2011: 10th Overall Quad, Winner of the Women classification
2010: 13th Overall Quad, Winner of the Women classification

2019 – Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge: 4th Overall in the SSV/UTV Category, Winner of the Women classification
2019 – Qatar Rally: 3rd Overall in the SSV/UTV Category
2018 – Merzouga Rally: Winner of the Women classification
2017 – Baja Dubai: 3rd Overall Quad, Winner of the Women classification
2017 – Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge: 3rd Overall in the Quad Category, Winner of the Women classification
2017 – Sardinia Rally: winner overall SSV as co-driver of Eric de Seynes
2017 – Merzouga Rally: 2nd overall SSV as driver
2016 – Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge: 2nd Overall in the Quad Category, Winner of the Women classification
2015 – Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge: 3rd Overall in the Quad Category, Winner of the Women classification
2015 – Sardinia Rally: 4th Overall in the Quad Category, Winner of the Women classification
2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009 – World Champion of FIM Cross-Country Rally Women Moto-Quad
2008 – Dakar Series – Pax Rally Portugal – 6th Overall in Quad category
2007 – Trophee Roses del Sables, Morocco: Winner SSV
2007 – Rally Aicha des Gazelles, Morocco: 2nd overall Quad
2006 – Shamrock Rally, Morocco: 7th overall, Winner of the Women classification

Interview

“I’m not only a driver, I am part of the project of creating a brand new vehicle”

She is well known in the rally series as “Pink Panther”, having been the promoter of the first ever 100% women team that had raced in the Dakar Rally. Camelia Liparoti is a 12-times finisher at the Dakar and got the outstanding result of the 2nd place in the T3 Light Weight Prototypes category in 2021. If this was not enough, she also won 6 World Champion titles in the women category of the FIM Cross Country Rally on Quad. Not only she is a legend in rallies, but she is also a true adventurer: language interpreter at first, she then graduated in Sports Photography in London and worked ad photojournalist and skiing photographer since then. This brought her to travel intensively all around the world, being a pioneer in exploring the most famous mountains with any means, including the quads. She is now fully involved in the development of the newest version of the Yamaha YXZ1000R prototype, an idea of Yamaha Motor Europe with the support of X-Raid Team. She will take part to the 2022 Dakar not only as a driver (alongside her co-driver Xavier Blanco) but also as test driver, for the finalization of the stage-2 of development of the vehicle.

C.L.:“Despite this will be my 14th Dakar, I couldn’t be more excited. We will be racing, but we will be testing the vehicle in the toughest race in the world. “If it works at the Dakar, it can work anywhere”, as they say. This Dakar for me is not only a race but a real project, I’m more than a driver, I feel more responsibility. I feel valued and honored for being part of the creation of what is truly a brand new vehicle. I have worked the whole year with Yamaha Motor Europe and X-Raid to develop this Stage-2 of the evolution of the Yamaha YXZ1000R Light Weight prototype and it will be an honor to bring it to the debut. It’s clearly an evolution of the prototype that I drove in 2021, but it has been seriously modified and improved since then. We’ve worked on all aspects of the vehicle: chassis, suspensions, engine, weight balance… it’s really emotional to me! The first objective will be to validate all the improvements that we’ve done, so that we can finalize the development and bring it to serial production. With this in mind, the second goal is to bring all the three vehicles that will race to the final stage. The final thought goes to the ‘racer’ side of me: as any other driver or rider, when you put your helmet on you only want to win. Last year’s experience of the second place in the T3 class was absolutely an amazing feeling, I can’t wait to live again something similar or even better!”

Vehicle

YAMAHA POWERED BY X-RAID TEAM

YAMAHA YXZ1000R
YAMAHA POWERED BY X-RAID TEAM

  • YAMAHA
  • YXZ1000R
  • X-RAID
  • X-RAID
  • P_T3_NO

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