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2015: 19th (1 stage win)
2014: Ab. Stage 12
2013: 14th (2 stage wins)
2012: disqualified (3 stage wins)
2011: Ab. Stage 4
2010: 8th (1 stage win)
2007: 8th (1 stage win)
2005: 12th (2 stage wins)
2018: Baja 1000, Stadium Super Trucks
2015: Baja 1000, Stadium Super Trucks
2014: Baja 500, Baja 1000, Stadium Super trucks
2013: Baja 1000 (7th)
2013: SPEED Energy Stadium Super Trucks (SST) winner
2012: Best in The Desert Champion
NASCAR since 1997 (3 victories, 32 top 10, 1 pole position)
Off-road: American Score Championship (6-time champion: 1986-90, 1996)
BAJA 1000 3-time winner
US off-road champion 2011
Three years. Three years since he went off the Dakar radar. Robby Gordon is back! We had gotten used to seeing him behind the wheel of some head turning Made in the U.S.A. machines, but this time he will be in a UTV, on steroids of course, in the OP1 category and thus with the traditional cars. The soon to be 50-year-old Gordon remains a motor racing Jack of all trades. These days he stays busy running his race series the SST (Stadium Super Trucks), he has also been overlooking the design and preparation of a new type of vehicle to conquer both the US market and incidentally win the Dakar. Aware of the discipline’s changing philosophy and the emergence of the ‘side by side’ vehicle, Gordon will drive a UTV Textron (formally Arctic Cat) and will team with long-time co-driver and former bike competitor, Kellon Walch. He will also have in his team two "rookies" of the future: Blade Hildebrand and Cole Potts. Beyond the excitation of taking part in his 12th Dakar, the California native and Charlotte, North Carolina resident, who has 10 stage victories and a fine third place finish in 2009 to his credit, is aiming for the top step of the podium. The Peruvian rally-route of this 14st edition could play right into the hand of Mr. Gordon.
R.G.: “Many things made me come back. First and above all else, there is the challenge and the excitation that comes with such a race. The Dakar is still a world-wide spectacle. For the last three years I have been working on a new vehicle. To make the Arctic Cat (today Textron) a reference in the off-road market. We have won many awards including UTV of the year in the United States. I have shown in the pat that I have often been ahead of my time. The UTV is the future of all-terrain. The market has completely changed. We should be contenders for stage wins and the general classification. For sure, I don’t know where we are situated against Toyota, Mini and Peugeot. It is a great opportunity just to be able to participate, but the goal is still to win. I have more than ten years of experience and while I missed the Dakar, I don’t know if the Dakar missed me. The American spectators in any case need to have the teams and champions form their country. They are used to seeing me in the biggest cars and now I am in one of the smallest. I have been in this business for quite a while and I can tell you we have a very competitive car, especially on a rally-route like the one we will take on Peru. Then, it will come down to each one’s experience and we will have to have some luck on our side. The Dakar is really like no other race. Everything can change from one day to the next. I still remember my first participation in 2005. Everyone thought we were crazy the day before the start and we won the first stage. I remember my battle with Colin McRae, it was an honour to face him. It was like facing Loeb today. "
Contrary to the announcement made earlier following a clerical error, Robby Gordon’s racing hopes are still alive and his UTV Textron is on the special!
Robby Gordon will not finish his twelfth Dakar. Already in difficulty on stage 3, the American got stuck on the first kilometres of yesterday’s special and was eventually forced to give up the race.
Robby Gordon is in the middle of another difficult day. The American is stuck after 48 km of the special and does not appear to know just how to get out of the sticky situation he is in.
Robby Gordon is returning to the Dakar following a 2-year absence and is driving a UTV Textron on this edition that is not allowing him to do battle with the best. The American lies in 21st position after 200 km of the special, a quarter of an hour behind Loeb.
The American, back in the Dakar after a three-year absence, finally went through scrutineering after a few maddening days due to the ship that carried his car from the United States falling behind schedule. However, it takes far more than that to rattle the ambitious comeback kid, who feels ready to take the fight to Mini and Toyota despite the small build of his Textron.
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