2017: Merzouga Rally finish line, Oillibya Rally finish line
2016: Vegas to Reno 9th
2015: Baja Europa 4th
2013: Baja 1000 3rd
2012: Baja Aragon 24th
2008 and 2009 European and Italian Champion Baja
2006: Spanish Champion Rally TT
2004: Spanish Champion Rally TT
Nicola Dutto is a professional motorbike rider. During his career, he won many races, with the Italian and European Baja Championship in 2008 and 2009 as major highlights. His life completely changed in March 2010 when he broke his spinal cord in an accident during the Italian Baja, obliging him on a wheel chair. With racing in his DNA and an incredible determination, in November 2011, nine months after getting out of the hospital bed, Nicola launched a challenge to himself: return to racing. He surprised everybody as he presented himself at the start of the legendary Baja 1000 on a Polaris Buggy, modified for his needs. After this race he announced a bigger challenge none could expect: to compete on a motorbike again. It looked like an impossible challenge but against all odds and animated by the passion for the offroad and surrounded by the support and the trust of the people around him, starting with his wife Elena -always alongside him- and KTM Italy, in 2012 Nicola competed in the 500km long Baja Aragon becoming the first ever paraplegic motorbike rider. This was just the beginning of a bigger project: competing the Dakar. Nicola never stopped dreaming and working hard and developed a kit to enable him to race. Useless to say that he found many obstacles on his path. He faced them one by one as a professional driver, as he is. Six years later he can finally say that he made it. On the 6th of January 2019 Nicola Dutto will take the start of the Dakar rally, one of the sandiest edition, on his KTM 450.
“I will compete with a KTM equipped with a special roll-bar to protect my legs, that I have developed, and on the handlebar I have the buttons for the rear and front brake, the change gear and to accelerate. I’m actually tied to the bike. I won’t be alone. I will share this adventure with 3 other drivers who will escort me one riding in front, one on each side and one behind me. It’s a team work. We have competed together the Dakar Series as the Merzouga Rally and the Morocco Rally. I take the start motivated to give the maximum. I’m fascinated by the idea to spend many hours on the bike pushing forward my physical and mental limits. Scared? Nothing scares me”.
OFFROAD ADVENTURE CREW
La bonita historia de Nicola Dutto en el Dakar ha tocado lamentablemente a su fin esta mañana en Moquegua. El piloto italiano, parapléjico, ha sido anunciado como uno de los corredores que no tomarán la salida de la especial, al igual que sus compañeros de aventura Pablo Toral y Julián Villarrubia.
La voluntad y la determinación de Nicola Dutto son extraordinarias. Parapléjico desde que sufrió un accidente en 2010 en la Baja Italia, el piloto italiano ha luchado duro para poder subirse de nuevo a una moto y cumplir el sueño de participar en su primer Dakar. Una aventura que está encarando de forma magistral, al igual que los tres pilotos...
Pese a estar atado a una silla de ruedas desde que sufrió una caída en la Baja italiana en marzo de 2010, Nicola Dutto no ha perdido jamás el amor por la moto y el rally raid. Otros hubieran pasado página, pero el italiano ha conservado la voluntad y la pasión que le empujan ahora a levantar montañas como primer piloto parapléjico...
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