N°6 Bike MONSTER ENERGY YAMAHA RALLY TEAM
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FRANCO CAIMI

(arg) 1.75m / 72kg

Hobbies

Andar en bicicleta, snowboard, wakeboard, golf

Sponsors

Yamaha, Monster Energy, Alpinestar, Scott, Arai, Gobierno de la Provincia de Mendoza

2020: Moto/ 8º
2019: Moto/ Abandono etapa 3
2018: Moto/ Abandono etapa 7
2017: Moto / 8°

2020: 8º en la categoría Motos del Rally Andalucía
2019: 15º en el Campeonato del Mundo de Rallies Cross Country: 16º en la General de la categoría Motos del Silk Way Rally; 9º en la categoría Motos del Rally de Marruecos.
2018: 4° en Merzouga Rally, 7º en el Desafío Inca, 5º en el Rally Atacama, abandono en el Rally de Marruecos, 13º en el Campeonato FIM de Rallies Cross Country.
2017: 3° en Merzouga Dakar Series de Marruecos; 9º en el Rally de Atacama, Chile; 17° en el Rally Baja Inka Paracas 1000; Abandonó en la etapa 3 del Desafío Ruta 40 Norte.
2016: 2º en el Campeonato Argentino de Rally Cross Country.
2016: 4º en el Desafío Ruta 40 y 1º en el Dakar Challenge.
2014: 16º en la General del ISDE San Juan y 9º en la categoría E2; Campeón Latinoamericano de Enduro en la categoría E2.

Interview

“I want to return Yamaha to the summit”

Franco Caimi is one of the rising stars on the Dakar and international motorcycle racing scene. He made his Dakar debut in 2017 that started in Asunción, Paraguay and finished in Buenos Aires, Argentina, finishing 8th, which was the best result among the South American riders. On the 2018 Dakar, he rode well, but retired with a clutch problem on stage seven. At the end of that year, Franco broke the femur in his right leg during the Morocco Rally. The native of Mendoza then began an intensive recovery in a race against the clock and although he arrived with a medical condition, he was allowed to participate, however he had to quit the Dakar after three days because of the intense pain in his injured leg. The Dakar in Saudi Arabia was very positive for the Argentinean rider, although difficult for the Yamaha team. Not long after the start, on stage three, the violent crashes of Van Beveren and De Soultrait, forced the team to re-think its strategy and put the responsibility of a strong result on the shoulders of Caimi, who went on to finish eighth. In the lead up to the Andalucía Rally, the entire team spent three weeks together training and testing the new developments on the WR 450F, most notably the chassis and suspension. Satisfied with its performance level, in a year of great incertitude and with few races, Franco arrives full of motivation for his fifth Dakar, with the goal of returning Yamaha to the summit.

F.C.: “Our team had a very difficult start to the Dakar last time out because two of my teammates had very violent crashes. When this happens at the beginning of a race, the team has to reorganise. Because if the objective is to put Yamaha at the forefront, the first thing to do is finish. I then felt a great responsibility on my shoulders and for this reason I think that finishing 8th was very positive.
In this year that has been very complicated, the team with its new line-up had the opportunity to come together before the Andalucía Rally, where we did several weeks of physical training and testing of the bikes. The atmosphere in the team was superb. Despite the pandemic, the team continued to work on development and it was time to test the improvements. On the Andalucía Rally – which was more WRC-like than desert - I finished fourth and with a chance of finishing on the podium. But in the last stage, with 50 km to go, I crashed, which cost me a lot of time., I am still very pleased with the performance after a year full of uncertainties and little competition. The objective of the Dakar is still the same: to get Yamaha as high up the leader board as possible”.

Vehicle

MONSTER ENERGY YAMAHA RALLY TEAM

  • Mark : YAMAHA
  • Model : WR450F RALLY
  • Performance tuner : Monster Energy Yamaha Official Rally Team
  • Assistance : Monster Energy Yamaha Official Rally Team
  • Class : G1.1 A.S.O. Elites

Ranking 2021

Scratch Stage General
0 14 14 14
1 7 7 6
2 31 31 21
3 7 7 18
4 15 15 18
5 18 18 16
6 12 12 16
7 10 10 17
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All news of F. Caimi

Newsflashes - 11/01 11:32 [GMT +3] - Moto

Broken engine for Caimi

The Yamaha team have suffered another blow! After Ross Branch yesterday, who fell and lost valuable time, now Franco Caimi has come up against misfortune. The Argentinean’s engine has given out after 282 km and he is not able to repair it.

Newsflashes - 07/01 08:48 [GMT +3] - Moto

Van Beveren and Caimi also go astray

Navigation appears to be complicated for the bikes today! Adrien van Beveren and his team-mate Franco Caimi have also taken the wrong direction after 65 km and have lost precious time.

Newsflashes - 05/01 09:10 [GMT +3] - Moto

Benavides still leads

Kevin Benavides is maintaining his lead ahead of Toby Price. The Australian trails by a little more than 20 seconds while Matthias Walkner, who lost almost two hours on Monday due to a technical problem, completes the top three, 1’21 behind the current stage leader. The Honda and the two KTM lead the first Yamaha on today’s stage, ridden by Caimi Franco.

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Newsflashes - 03/01 09:47 [GMT +3] - Moto

Yamaha find strength in numbers at WP1

Franco Caimi has posted the fastest time at the first time check, ahead of Lorenzo Santolino and Matthias Walkner. This is shaping up to be a good day for Yamaha, as Adrien Van Beveren, Andrew Short and Jamie McCanney are also in the leading group.

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