CASEY CURRIE(usa) 1.6m / 55kg
off-road racing, UTVs, Jeeping, exploring
Monster, CanAm, Magpul, Nitto, KMC, Currie Enterprises, Motive Gear, Axial, Fox, Bestop, Magnaflow, Torco, Spicer, BD, CRC, Lincoln, Superwinch, Champion, ARB, FK, ARP, Tuffy, Mahle, Eibach, Sparco, redline, Altra, SPod
"Now we have to win!"
Casey Currie eats, drinks and breathes motor racing and in particular rally-raid. Coming from a family of off-road enthusiasts, he climbed on to his first motorbike when he was five and competed in his first pick-up race at 16. Since then, he has criss-crossed the United States, built all sorts of machines and has become a big fan of the UTV…and the Dakar! His maiden appearance ended in frustration. Clearly over confident compared to the magnitude of the challenge, he had to settle for fourth place, which this gearhead considers a failure. The chemistry between the American and his Spanish co-driver Rafael Tornabell didn’t take with everyday becoming a communication nightmare. The far too many navigation errors led Currie to team up with Dakar regular, South African Sean Berriman, who also happens to live in Las Vegas. The tie-up between the two has been a natural fit. They won in their first outing together on the Morocco Rally. Now all that remains is to finish on the Dakar podium in their new CanAm.
C.C.: “My first Dakar experience was a lot harder than I had anticipated. All the other rallies that I had taken part in before don’t stack up to the Dakar. Everything is more difficult: navigation, the length of the stages and the competition…I came in with way too much confidence. I also had some big issues with my co-driver. We got lost every day. There were problems every day. I finished the Dakar very frustrated and I will leave it at that. Now I feel better prepared. I have worked a lot with Sean Berriman and I have been coached by Ricky Brabec and Andy Short (bikes). The objective is to win. The “finish the Dakar” box is ticked off. Now we have to win and I am coming off the Morocco Rally full of confidence. I know the competition will be tough but this race is won or lost on your own. In any case, I have really fallen in love with the Dakar. I love the event. I love the discipline and the concept. The many challenges are incredible.”
MONSTER ENERGY CAN-AM
- Mark : CAN - AM
- Model : MAVERICK
- Performance tuner : SOUTH RACING
- Assistance : SOUTH RACING
- Class : T3.P Prototype A-T vehicles
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Varela takes the final stage and Currie the overall
After struggling throughout the 2020 Dakar, 2018 champion Reinaldo Varela bounced back to finish the race on a high note and take his second stage win by 24 seconds over Blade Hildebrand. Casey Currie, racing in his second Dakar, took the big prize by 39 minutes over Sergey Karyakin in the general classification.
"I'm blown away, man!"
On the same day that Ricky Brabec won the motorbike race, Casey Currie capped a great day for the USA in Saudi Arabia with his first victory in the SSV category.
"Two Americans on top! I'm blown away, man! Sean and my team did a phenomenal job. The car ran great all the time. It's just an epic experience, and I'll never forget it, for sure. This is my most emotional win...
"I love this Dakar"
Flanked by Gerard Farrés, Casey Currie took no chances in the penultimate stage knowing that he is closer than ever to winning the Dakar.
"It's one day to go. Man, it's been a gnarly race. Today was a lot of sand dunes, the big trucks are all over the place and it's crazy. Gerard helped me most of the stage, he did a phenomenal job, we pushed hard. We kept a...
Casey Currie: “I don't look at it like we’re anywhere near safe”
The leader of the general standings is 45 minutes ahead of the second placed rider, Russian Sergei Kariakin, but is remaining cautious.
“Today’s stage was good. I thought Chaleco was going to push hard so I pushed hard. Twenty minutes going into the stage isn’t enough to win the rally, so we just pushed hard. We were by ourselves...
Casey Currie: “It’s not over… This race is so gruelling”
After major mechanical problems on Monday, today Casey Currie finished on the podium of the ninth stage and increased his lead in the general standings over “Chaleco” López.
“Today was good. It’s just what we needed. Yesterday I just had a bad day with the broken axel and it just made for a long day and lots of frustration. Today, Sean did...
Casey Currie: “We broke an axel early on”
Despite experiencing mechanical problems during the stage, the American still leads the SSV general standings, 15’40’’ ahead of “Chaleco” López.
“Today wasn’t the best of days. We broke an axel early on. Luckily I’ve got Sean in the car and for what takes most guys 45 minutes we got it fixed...
Currie loses 10 minutes
Casey Currie was the new leader of the general standings this morning, but is having a much more difficult day than yesterday. Indeed, he has swapped roles with Chaleco López, who is heading back to the upper reaches of the standings. After 212 km, the Chilean has regained more than 10 minutes over his American rival.
"We had a plan and it worked"
Casey Currie capitalised on a stage spent on the attack with his teammates and the mishaps of "Chaleco" López to seize the overall lead.
"We all stuck together today and we had a plan and it worked. The longest day of the rally is now behind us and, phew, I feel good. We had one puncture today that we probably lost three or four minutes to, but overall it was a...
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