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ATTENTION - IMPORTANT INFORMATION: DUE TO THE STRIKE MOVEMENT EXPECTED ON DECEMBER 5th IN FRANCE, THE SCRUTINEERING AND THE BOARDING WILL TAKE PLACE ON DECEMBER 3rd AND 4th.
N°56 Bike YAMAHA MOTOR AUSTRALIA
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RODNEY FAGGOTTER

(aus) Born on 04/07/1976 1.83m / 85kg

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Yamaha Motor Australia

2019: Ab. Stage 3
2018: 16th
2017: Ab Stage 4 (14th)
2013: 14th
2012: ab. Stage 5

2019: Domestic championship
2018: Domestic championship
2017: Baja Inka 10th
2016: Morocco Rally (10th)
2012: 18th Australasian Safari
2011: Winner of Condo 750 Rally
2010: Winner of Condo 750 Rally
2008: 3rd Australasian Safari

Interview

“We have no knowledge of Saudi Arabia”

Rod grew up on a sheep and cattle station in the Australian outback in Queensland and was riding bikes almost before he could walk. He used his first pay check at 18 to finance his desire to go moto-x racing and did that until his mid-twenties, before friends introduced him to desert racing, more suited to his style and the type of riding he’d done as a youngster. In 2012 he got the chance, via a local sponsor, to enter the Dakar on an Australian prepared 450 Husaberg and was going well until mechanical problems put him out of the race on the fifth day. He eventually managed to finish on a rental Yamaha prepared by French outfit HFP at an excellent 14th spot and that opened doors to a place in the factory team alongside De Soultrait and Van Beveren as their water-carrier. After failing to finish last year’s race, the Yamaha dealer from Longreach in Queensland returns as a simple privateer. His dream of reaching the Top 10 however remains.

“Last year was pretty heartbreaking to find myself stranded for mechanical reasons in the middle of the big dunes. I was doing well, within the top 15, and the motor just let go. It’ll be a different Dakar this time as a privateer. But I’ll be on the same bike and I of course want to do well. The goal is first of all to finish again but I’ll be riding my own race. I know I can manage a solid finish and would love to be in the Top 10, but I have to be realistic. I have my own job in Australia and I’m in my mid forties. I’ve ridden in Dubai and Abu Dhabi but Saudi Arabia is a lot bigger. It’ll be new for everyone. We have no knowledge. The race remains as competitive and I think the physical side will be important in the mountains and rocky tracks. I’m also delighted with the new navigation rules. I like it when it’s tricky.”

Vehicle

YAMAHA MOTOR AUSTRALIA

  • Mark : YAMAHA
  • Model : WR450F
  • Performance tuner : Yamaha Motor Australia
  • Assistance : Dragon
  • Class : M_G2.1 : G2.1 Super Production – 0 à 450 cm3

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