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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°89 Bike TMF RACING ASD
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FRANCESCO CATANESE

(ita) Born on 27/06/1970 2m / 95kg

Sponsors

Tuttogru.com, Forksaver, AQ, MD Testing,Twalcom, evo+, Ralcri, Lodi Club, no code, setti pneumatici

2016 : ab.
2015 : ab.
2014 : ab.

2018 : Hispania Rally (Cuenca - Spagna - Campionato Europeo) ; Rally di Sicilia (Campionato Europeo)
2017 : Transanatolia, 1st (Turkey)
2016 : GS Trophy (Thailandia)
2016/2017/2018/2019 : Merzouga Rally
2013/2014/2015/2017 : Transanatolia (Turkey)
2012/2013/2014/2018/2019 : Hella’s Rally (Greece)
2013 : Baja Aragon (Spain)
1999/2008/2011 : Pharaons Rally (Egypt)
2007/2008/2009 Erzberg Rodeo (Austria)
2001/2017 : Sardegna Rally Rac
2006 al 2015 : Italian Motorally (Campione Italiano 2010 Classe 1000cc)
2006 : Carpat Rally (Romania)
2000 : Rally Dubai (Emirates)

Interview

“I swear I would not take part anymore”

Francesco Catanese is an Italian Engineer with a huge passion for off-road riding. He has succeeded to make his passion also a job, as -besides his official work in a tower crane company-, Catanese is also a test rider for one of the main specialized motorbikes magazine, Motociclismo. Writing for this magazine gives him the opportunity to test new bikes, but also to compete in several rallies. The list of the rallies he has competed in, is almost endless with several participations to the Pharaons rally, the Merzouga Rally, Transanatolia, Hellas, the Sardinia Rally and the Baja Aragon. The 49 Italian participated also to three Dakar Rallies, all in South America in 2014, 2015 and 2016. After three DNFs, Francesco had decided in his heart to renounce to finish the toughest rally in the world. But passion always prevails in the end and in January he will be at the start of the Dakar 2020 in Saudi Arabia on a Yamaha WR450 Rally with the assistance of the TMF Racing Team.

“To tackle an extreme rally like the Dakar you need to be physically and mentally prepared, to have a good budget, but also have some luck. I did three Dakar and collected three DNFs. The first time, I was extremely dehydrated in the Argentinian desert with 53°C. It was my fault, no excuse. The second time I was fit and in good shape but I was hit by a truck in the fesh fesh and I broke my wrist. The third time I was competing in the Originals by Motul category and everything was going well when on stage 9 the electric pump of my bike broke. Definitely no luck! The Dakar had become an obsession for me and I swear I would not take part anymore. I waited some years, but I couldn’t resist to the fascination of the 2020 Dakar: a new continent, new landscapes, new route, new road-books. I have decided to come back and to have the support of a team that can take care of the bike. The target is one: finish the rally! I have trained a lot this year and competed several rallies to arrive ready to the appointment.

Vehicle

TMF RACING ASD

  • Mark : YAMAHA
  • Model : 450
  • Performance tuner :
  • Assistance : TMF Racing
  • Class : M_G2.2 : G2.2 Marathon 0 à 450 cm3

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