N°508 Truck INSTAFOREX LOPRAIS PRAGA

ALES LOPRAIS

(cze) 1.7m / 82kg

Hobbies

Mountain biking, downhill biking, cross-country & downhill skiing

Sponsors

InstaForex, Praga, 69GAMES, Chladek & Tintera, LOPRAIS DRINK 69, PSG, Liqui Moly, Interflon, Wabco, JMK System, Donaldson, Deel Trust, Auris, Japo Transport, North Med, Molpir, Jukl, Mercedes-Benz Moravia, Certina, Satum, Volantech, CzechMotorSport

2021: 5th
2020: 7th
2019: 5th
2018: Ab. Stage 5 (1 stage win)
2017: 7th
2016: Ab. Stage 1
2015: 4th (1 stage win)
2014: 6th (2 stage wins)
2013: 6th (1 stage win)
2012: Ab Stage 9 (1 stage win)
2011: Ab Stage 10 (2 stage wins)
2010: Ab. Stage 2
2009: Ab. Stage 14
2007: 3rd (1 stage win)
2006: Ab. Stage 12 (navigator for K. Loprais)

2018: Morocco Desert Challenge (1st)
2017: Silk Way Rally (Ab. Stage 9)
2015: OiLibya Rally of Morocco (2nd)
2014: Hungarian Baja (Ab.), Rally Breslau (1st)
2013: Silk Way Rally (21st)
2012: Silk Way Rally (4th)
2011: Silk Way Rally (1st)
2010: Silk Way Rally (4th)
2009: Silk Way Rally (3rd)
2008: Hungarian Baja (1st), Central Europe Rally (3rd)

Interview

“Sometimes I love it, sometimes I hate it!”

Ales Loprais has had all manner of ups and downs over the course of his 15 Dakar participations. The nephew of the great Karel Loprais, a six-time winner in the trucks, he made his debut as a navigator for his uncle in 2006. The following year he got behind the wheel of a Tatra for what would be the final edition in Africa and claimed his best-ever finish, in third place. Ales first sat in a truck at the age of seven and was ultimately unable to resist the lure of the family business, setting aside his law studies to devote himself to the Loprais Tatra team created by his father Milan. Years later, he is still competing as a privateer under the InstaForex Loprais Praga banner, and recent results show he isn't lagging too far behind the biggest factory teams, notably Kamaz. He has finished in the top seven on no fewer than eight occasions, coming fifth in his most recent outing at Dakar 2021. For this 2022 edition, the 41-year-old has made a number of changes. His Praga V4S DKR (nicknamed ‘Lady’) has a new engine, which Ales is hoping will give her more power and reliability. And with his Emirati navigator of the past two editions, Khalid Alkendi, joining team management, Jaroslav Valtr Jr comes into the truck alongside regular mechanic Petr Pokora. Jaroslav made his Dakar debut navigating for his father last year, although they unfortunately crashed out on the final stage. The InstaForex Loprais Praga team were able to enter two trucks in 2021, but in 2022 they will be flying solo, having committed their resources to making ‘Lady’ as competitive as possible. It won't be an easy task keeping up with the biggest names in the class, but one should never underestimate a Loprais on the Dakar.

A.L.: “I have to be grateful to the whole team for what we've managed to achieve in recent years. But of course, we dream of going higher than fifth place! We've put a lot of effort into our ‘Lady’ this year, and we've done it with love. We put in a new engine with slightly higher torque and horsepower, plus new cooling and stabilisation settings. We aren't bringing a second truck this year because of money issues. We're a small private family team with a limited budget, so we invested in truck improvements and a new engine for the coming season. I haven't had a chance to race with Jaroslav, we've just done testing. We have a completely Czech crew, which will mean we're all speaking the same language in the cab. For the past four years I've had an English-speaking navigator. Khalid Alkendi is moving to the position of team manager, because we definitely don't want to stop working with such an expert. I believe the crew is fully focused and we're looking forward to it. Do I still enjoy the Dakar as much as ever? It depends how it goes. Sometimes I love it, sometimes I hate it! But in general, I'm still happy to take part in such a unique race as the Dakar.”

Vehicle

INSTAFOREX LOPRAIS PRAGA

PRAGA V4S DKR
INSTAFOREX LOPRAIS PRAGA

  • PRAGA
  • V4S DKR
  • InstaForex Loprais Praga
  • InstaForex Loprais Praga
  • Truck > 10,000 cc

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