AUSTIN JONES(usa) 1.82m / 79kg
Motorcycles, friends, shooting guns
Can-Am, MOTUL, Method, Tensor, J.JUAN, SOUTH RACING
2020: 8th (2nd rookie)
2021: Andalucia Rally (1st), Rally Kazakhstan (1st), Rallye du Maroc (6th), Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge (1st). Winner of 2021 FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies - T4 Drivers
2020: Qatar Cross-Country Rally (Ab.), Vegas to Reno (17th), Andalucia Rally (9th)
2019: SCORE International (3rd); San Felipe 250 (1st), Baja 500 (4th), Baja 400 (4th), Silk Way Rally (5th), Morocco Rally (4th)
2018: Parker 425 (1st), SCORE International (1st); San Felipe 250 (2nd), Baja 500 (1st), Baja 1000 (1st), Baja Aragon, Morocco Rally (Ab.)
“To win the Dakar you need to combine several different ingredients”
Eighth on his first attempt in 2020, second in 2021 after leading the race four days before the finish, Austin Jones’ star continues to rise and his upward trajectory makes him and his co-driver Gustavo Gugelmin hot favourites for 2022. The talented American is still only 25 years old, yet off-road racing runs in Austin's blood; his father Jesse has been competing in desert events for the past 20 years and runs the Jones Motorsport team. AJ as he’s known on the bivouac, therefore spent his childhood learning the ins and outs of racing, although it was only in 2018 that he got behind the wheel himself, after spending a year as his dad's co-driver. In his first full season, Austin teamed up with Bryce Swaim and they took the SCORE International championship by storm, claiming victories at the Baja 500 and Baja 1000 in the Trophy Truck Spec class. He took his first steps in rally raid towards the end of 2018 and quickly made his mark. Having just ticked the FIM T4 World Cup off his wish list, Austin is now keen to emulate compatriot Ricky Brabec’s feat and get onto the top step of the podium in his class at the Dakar.
“The 2021 Dakar was our second attempt so we knew what to expect but it is a still a long and tough race. We struggled with the stones last year and had two punctures in one stage, four days from the end, while leading our class. We had 400 kilometres of razor sharp rocks ahead of us after that so we lost a lot of time. After the Dakar our 2021 goal was to win the T4 World Cup and we just managed to pull that off in Abu Dhabi after winning 3 of the 5 rounds. Our campaign got off to a good start with wins in Spain and Kazakhstan and then we really focused on staying consistent. To win the Dakar or a championship you need to combine similar ingredients: a good car, a good navigator, a good team and lots of consistency. Once again there’s going to be some tough competition in our class from the likes of ‘Chaleco’ Lopez and my teammate Aron Domzala so a bit of that other essential ingredient ‘luck’ wouldn’t go amiss either!”
CAN-AM FACTORY SOUTH RACING
BRP CAN-AM MAVERICK XRS
CAN-AM FACTORY SOUTH RACING
- Mark : BRP
- Model : CAN-AM MAVERICK XRS
- Performance tuner : Monster Energy Can-Am
- Assistance : Monster Energy Can-Am
- Class : S_T4_NO
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Fifth in the stage and first overall by less than 12 minutes, the American does not want to count his chickens before they hatch.
"It's been hard. All these guys are really fast, everyone's really good this year, everyone's doing really well. The competition's hard. My navigator is doing a great job, my team are giving me a great car...
Austin Jones: "I didn't want to open up tomorrow"
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