(cze) 1.76m / 85kg




Can-Am – BCE, Excalibur Army, Eldis, Slovak Training Academy, Holoubek Koncern

2018: 12th (quad)
2017: Ab. Stage 5 (quad)
2016: Ab. Stage 5 (car)
2014: Ab. Stage 10 (car)
2012: Ab. (quad)
2011: Ab. (quad)
2010: Ab. Stage 4 (quad)
2009: 1st (quad)
2007: 65th (1st quad)
2003: 46th (1st quad)
2001: 43rd (1st quad)
2000: 67th (1st quad)
1999: Ab. (quad)

2015: Intercontinental Rally, Serres Rally
2013: Albania Rally, Tuareg Rally, Serres Rally


“Since 2012 I've only had one wish: finish the rally”

Josef Machacek is a bona fide Dakar legend, having claimed five victories in the quad class since his first participation back in 1999. Only three men in history have picked up more Dakar triumphs: Stephane Peterhansel (13), Vladimir Chagin (7) and Karel Loprais (6). Yet at 62 years of age, the Czech is still as keenly competitive as ever, and will be returning for this 2020 edition in an SSV. Josef will be the marquee driver for the Buggyra Racing team, who recently decided to end their six-year collaboration with truck driver Martin Kolomy. Josef hasn't had the best of luck in recent years, only completing the Dakar once since 2010 - and that was in 2018, when he came in almost 11 hours down on quads winner Ignacio Casale. But with a brand-new Can-Am Buggyra MK50 XRS and an experienced team behind him, he should be confident of making it through to the finish line. Reunited with Vlastimil Tosenovsky, his co-driver from 2014, Josef is looking forward to seeing what Saudi Arabia has to offer, and believes he will find similarities with the African terrain where he enjoyed so much success in the 2000s. In another open-looking SSV class, the highly experienced former champion could well be one to watch.

"Since 2012, when I first changed from quad to car, I've only had one wish: to finish the rally. But I haven't succeeded until now. So, when the offer from Buggyra came, I would have been a fool not to accept it. And I think SSV is a logical step as it looks to be the future of the rally. The change of destination was one of the reasons I decided to participate in 2020. I believe it will be a return to more Africa-type terrain. I've been gathering as much information as possible and I already know that it will be difficult for navigation, fast and very cold during the night. One thing I'm a bit worried about is the reduction of the speed limit for our category down to 130km/h. With the trucks behind being allowed to go up to 140km/h, it could be dangerous. As the decision to go with Buggyra came very late, there wasn't much time for any proper races, but during November, Vlastimil and I spent two weeks together in Spain for testing. Our ambition with the team is mainly to finish. We have started a new long-term project, and if we want to be successful in the future, we have to collect as much data as possible this year. That means racing until the end. We only shook hands a few weeks ago, so up until now I've mainly been looking around. But the organisation is great, everybody knows what to do, which is quite unusual for me as I'm used to doing everything by myself! I'm really looking forward to this collaboration."



  • Mark : CAN - AM
  • Performance tuner : Buggyra Racing
  • Assistance : Buggyra Racing
  • Class : T3.P Prototype A-T vehicles

Ranking 2020

Scratch Stage General
1 41 41 41
2 28 28 40
3 16 16 37
4 17 17 33
5 15 15 30
6 29 28 28
7 13 13 25
8 33 32 28
9 11 11 28
10 17 17 27
11 20 20 27
12 25 25 27

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