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MAURIZIO GERINI

(ita) Born on 31/01/1985

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Team Solaris / Goldentyre / AMX

2018: 22nd (1st marathon)
2019: 14th (1st marathon)

2019: Transanatolia 1st ; Merzouga Rally ; Panafrica 4th ; Rally of Morocco ; Italian Motorally ; Italian Enduro Championship
2018: Merzouga Rally
2017: Merzouga Rally
3 time Italian Enduro / Motorally champion

Interview

“A new chapter for everyone”

One thing is sure: Maurizio Gerini loves to be surrounded by nature. Maurizio leaves in Liguria, a narrow region in Italy stretched between the Mediterranean Sea and the mountains, where he cultivates one of the specialities of this slice of earth: olives! When he is not at work, you can find him on his Enduro bike training for his second passion: off-road riding. The 34-year old Italian trains and competed the whole year with the Solarys Team and Husqvarna Italy to prepare the Dakar. After a good debut in 2018, that saw him 22nd at the finish line, in 2019 he further improved his overall result, finishing 14th and the best among the Italian riders. This year he arrives to the Chapter 3 of the Dakar in South Arabia after having competed in several international rallies, that saw him among the protagonists, included the victory of the Transanatolia Rally in Turkey. As for his background: the story of Maurizio is similar to the adventure of many riders who swapped from Enduro to Rally Raid as a springboard to the Dakar Rally. After 10 years of competing in Enduro at a professional level in Italy and Europe, Maurizio Gerini needed new motivations so in 2017 he switched to rally raid and since then, they have become his second skin. Gerini will be at the starting block of the Dakar 2020 with the Solarys Team and his teammate Jacopo Cerutti.

“Saudi Arabia will be a new chapter for everyone: new country, new route, new geography. I also like the philosophy of the new Dakar that tries to reduce the gap between the factory teams and the private ones, giving the roadbook the morning at some stages for example, that reduces huge advantage of the factory riders who can count on a map man. We tested this method on two stages of the Rally du Maroc and it’s interesting. We had 30 minutes time in total and you need to adapt a bit to how the road book is marked, but all in all I really like the idea. I arrive to the Dakar well prepared: this season I competed the Italian Enduro championship and Motorally, I won the Transanatolia, I did the Merzouga Rally and then Panafrica and Rally du Maroc in a row. Unfortunately I broke the bike the last day of the Morocco rally, but it was ok, I was solid in the top 20 without pushing too much as I didn’t want to take too many risks for the Dakar. After the incredible result from last year (14th overall and 1st of the marathon category) I aim at finishing the race and improve my result.”

Vehicle

SOLARYS RACING

  • Mark : HUSQVARNA
  • Model : HUSQVARNA 450 RALLY
  • Performance tuner : Solarys Team
  • Assistance : Solarys Team
  • Class : M_G2.2 : G2.2 Marathon 0 à 450 cm3

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