ARON DOMZALA(pol) 1.85m / 73kg
Monster Energy, Can-Am, Motul, Tensor Tire, Method Wheels, J.Juan Brake Systems, OMP, Bell, Lazer
2020: 30th (SSVs, 1 stage win)
2019: Ab. Stage 5 (cars)
2020: Baja Poland (1st), Andalucia Rally (1st), Baja Portalegre (1st)
2019: Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge (3rd), Rallye du Maroc (Ab.)
2018: Qatar Cross-Country Rally (4th), Baja Espana Aragon (4th)
2017: FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies (3rd): Baja Russia (1st), Dubai International Baja (5th), Qatar Cross-Country Rally (9th), Rally Kazakhstan (3rd), Hungarian Baja (5th), Baja Poland (4th), Rallye du Maroc (5th)
2016: FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies, T3 class (1st): Baja Russia (1st), Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge (1st), Qatar Cross-Country Rally (3rd), Italian Baja (1st), Baja Espana Aragon (4th), Hungarian Baja (2nd), Baja Poland (1st), Rallye du Maroc (3rd)
“We just need some luck”
Aron Domzala and Maciej Marton have learnt the hard way that there's more to winning the Dakar than speed or skill. The Polish duo made a dream start to last year's rally, taking stage honours on the very first day, but mechanical issues cost them four hours on day two, and more or less any chance of fighting for overall victory in the SSVs. They went on to perform brilliantly throughout the rest of the rally, finishing in the top five on a further seven stages, but the damage was done. By the time they reached Qiddiyah, they were 30th overall and 55 hours(!) down on the winner, Casey Currie. It was a second frustrating result for Aron and Maciej on the Dakar, after they got stuck in a canyon on their 2019 debut in the cars and were forced to abandon. But third time could well be a charm for the charismatic young pair, who have joined up with the formidable Monster Energy Can-Am team for Dakar 2021. Along with their teammates Reinaldo Varela, Gerard Farres, Armand Monleon, Austin Jones and Gustavo Gugelmin -with whom they get on very well- Aron and Maciej are certainly among the favourites in the SSV T4 class. Racing is in the blood for the two Polish talents, who have competed in the past two editions of the Dakar alongside their fathers, Maciej Domzala and Rafal Marton. Domzala Sr. will not be participating this year, but Maciej Marton may still be able to rely on a bit of family support, with his dad acting as co-driver for Marek Goczal on the Energylandia Rally Team. Aron started out in traditional rally but he has made superb progress since switching to rally raid a few years ago. In 2016, he topped the T3 class at the FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies, before finishing on the prestigious T1 podium the following year, behind established offroad stars Nasser Al-Attiyah and Jakub Przygonski. He and Maciej have gone from strength to strength since moving to the SSVs, and they head into Dakar 2021 on the back of an impressive 2020 season which saw them claim victories at Baja Poland, the Andalucia Rally and Baja Portalegre. Aron is coy about their chances of overall victory, explaining that it's impossible to predict what will happen on the world's toughest rally, but the up-and-coming duo -aged just 31 and 29- are well worth keeping an eye on during this 43rd edition.
AD: "Last year we were quite unlucky. We won the first stage and then we had big technical problems. On the second stage we lost 4 hours and any chance of a good result. After that our engine blew up, which meant a 30-hour penalty. But in between those problems there were a lot of positive things, like our work with Maciej. We got really good results on some stages, finishing I think five times on the podium. Even though our car was not factory-prepared, and our engine was really damaged. The Dakar is always really exciting because you never know what will happen. I never going into it saying, 'We're ready, we're going to win', because anything can happen in 14 days. Let's just say I'm really excited about Dakar 2021! I think we are quite ready, we just need some luck. We won in Poland, Andalucia and now Portugal, so we've had a good winning streak, three races in a row. We've actually had more time to prepare for the Dakar than last year. The Ha'il Rally will be our final preparation, and the only test in the sand, then we will go to Dubai for Christmas. Things are going well with Maciej and we have a really good team this year, Monster Energy Can-Am. Joining them has given us a lot of confidence, and I think there is a nice connection between the crews. I think we're going to cooperate and help each other out on the Dakar, which will be a big advantage. My dad is still supporting me and maybe he will visit me during the race. He was seriously thinking about coming back to Dakar because he's an adventurous guy and loves the experience, but he's going to wait for a year or two. Maciej's dad is racing though, so maybe we'll get some help from him. I am happy about one thing: David Castera has said the course will be slower and tougher. That's good because I like more technical stages, where it's hard to survive!"
MONSTER ENERGY CAN-AM
- Mark : CAN - AM
- Model : XRS
- Performance tuner : Monster Energy Can Am
- Assistance : Monster Energy Can Am
- Class : T4.1 Turbo production SSVs
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