N°444 SSV BP ULTIMATE SSV TEAM

LUIS PORTELA MORAIS

(prt) 1.86m / 105kg

Hobbies

Enduro, water skiing, snow skiing, rugby

Sponsors

BP Ultimate, UNA Insurance

2017 Moto DNF

2018 Rallye du Maroc 3rd T4

Interview

“Given our Dakar history it is very important we finish”

In addition to entering an SSV together on the 2022 Dakar Luis Portela Morais and David Megre have an extraordinary amount in common. Both played rugby at a high level, with Luis representing their national team. Both of them come from sports mad families and both have raced enduro in their national championship. David has won that championship four times while Luis ‘only’ finished vice champion. It might be no surprise to discover that they have both already entered the Dakar on bikes. David twice, in 2017 and 2019 and Luis once, in 2017. Luis crashed out on the 6th stage and injured his foot, bringing a premature end to his rugby playing career. David also DNFed his two attempts, crashing out just 20 kilometres from the end of the 2019 edition! You would have thought that might be enough to put the two friends off the Dakar for life but age, careers and quite a lot of children has simply reorientated their Dakar obsession towards the SSV category. In 2018 they tested the water by entering the Rallye du Maroc and finished a mightily impressive 3rd in class against some very tough competition. Career changes, more children and Covid stopped them from entering the Dakar up until now but finally they have been able to get everything together for 2022.

“We’ve had some good results racing SSVs in Portugal and our podium in Morocco confirmed to us that we could be competitive on the Dakar. Given our Dakar history on bikes it is very important for both of us to actually finish the race this time but if we have a good race without too many problems then our result shouldn’t be too bad either. We have chosen to go with a South Racing prepared SSV as they are based in Portugal and have a 100% Dakar finish rate over the last two years.”

Vehicle

BP ULTIMATE SSV TEAM

BRP CAN-AM MAVERICK XRS
BP ULTIMATE SSV TEAM

  • BRP
  • CAN-AM MAVERICK XRS
  • South Racing Can Am
  • South Racing Can Am
  • S_T4_NO

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