N°18 Motos BAS DAKAR KTM RACING TEAM
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ROSS BRANCH

(bwa) 1.75m / 84kg

Aficiones

moutain bikes, golf, adventures

Sponsors

Mack Air, KTM, Kwa Nokeng Oil, Brother, LeaderTread, WP, Motorex

2019: 13th (best rookie)

Merzouga Rally (2nd), Morocco Rally 2019 (9th)
3-time South-African cross-country champion
Botswana 1000 Desert Race (7 victories)
Motocross African champion (6 times)

Interview

“Squeeze myself into a factory team”

His nickname, the “Kalahari Ferrari” says it all, Ross Branch is a reference both in motocross and cross-country. He’s claimed all the possible continental titles in both disciplines. In 2019, it was time for the big leap up to the Dakar. And the rider from Botswana made the best of this first experience. His goal was to reach the Top 20. He did better than that by finishing best rookie of the event reaching the final podium in an outstanding 13th position. This airline pilot who flies all week and races on weekends knows how difficult it is to just have the opportunity to do the Dakar and then to perform on it. His dream now is to carry on improving and maybe find a spot in a factory team. In the meantime and for his second Dakar, he will again be part of the Bas Dakar team riding a brand new KTM. Delighted to discover Saudi Arabia, he knows the unknown plays in his favour.

“My first memory of the Dakar goes back to 1992 when I went to see the rally that was finishing in Cape Town. I wanted to do it but motocross was my first love. I only started riding in cross-country later. It took a while to come. When I started, I knew I had one opportunity. I needed to finish and get a result. I knew it would be difficult to go back but thanks to my result, all my sponsors were 100% behind me again. That first Dakar was exactly what I expected. I lived a dream, face to face with the people I would watch on TV. Despite crashing and mechanical issues, I had fun every single day. Of course the result was a surprise. I was aiming at the Top 20 but finishing best rookie was a bonus. It’s become a drug. I now want to do better and hope to find a deal to do more rallies in the future and squeeze myself into a factory team. At least I’ve finished and the monkey’s off my back. To do better I need to be more consistent. I have the speed of the 10 best riders but whether I finish in the top 20 or top 15, I don’t know. I’ll have to play it by ear. Experience is the main thing and I learned so much being with the best riders at the Merzouga and Morocco rallies. My main struggle was being able to read the road book and go fast at the same time, so I trained hard in Botswana doing that. Going to Saudi Arabia is new and very exciting. The terrain looks amazing and it should be a really difficult Dakar. I know that plays in my favour.”

Vehículo

BAS DAKAR KTM RACING TEAM

  • Marca : KTM
  • Modelo : 450 RALLY FACTORY REPLICA
  • Preparador : BAS DAKAR
  • Asistencia : BAS DAKAR
  • Clase : G1.1 Élite A.S.O.

Clasificación 2020

Scratch Etapa General
1 14 14 14
2 1 1 6
3 46 46 21
4 3 3 18
5 7 7 14
6 85 91 26
7 16 16 27
8 - - 27
9 5 5 25
10 10 10 23
11 11 11 21
12 23 23 21

Toute l'actualité de R. Branch

Últimas noticias - 15/01 07:12 [GMT +3] - Moto

Branch continúa brillando en el Dakar

Pese a las dificultades que le han alejado del Top 10 de la general, Ross Branch está demostrando, día tras día, que tiene la velocidad necesaria para codearse con los pilotos profesionales. El piloto de Botsuana ha tomado la salida hoy en quinta posición, con opciones de volver a asomar la cabeza y con la esperanza, quizás, de ser reclutado...

Últimas noticias - 10/01 15:42 [GMT +3] - Moto

Branch termina muy rezagado

Ross Branch ha cruzado al fin la meta después de recorrer gran parte de la etapa con un neumático pinchado. El piloto de Botsuana se ha dejado 2h24 como consecuencia del pinchazo...

Últimas noticias - 10/01 11:45 [GMT +3] - Moto

Branch, obligado a terminar con una rueda pinchada

El final de la etapa se presenta largo y duro para Ross Branch, que ha llegado al segundo tramo neutralizado con la rueda trasera seriamente dañada. Con 177 km aún por delante, el piloto de Botsuana solo aspira a "llegar a meta" y se muestra de nuevo filosófico. "De nuevo me ataca la mala suerte, supongo que es parte de la carrera... "

Reacciones - 09/01 13:06 [GMT +3] - Moto

Ross Branch: "Cerca del Top 4 para aprender"

Ross Branch, séptimo en la etapa del día, termina su especial con Price, Brabec y Benavides. El botsuano prosigue con su aprendizaje en el Dakar.

“Todavía me duele el hombro, pero intento mantener el ritmo. Ha sido un buen día, con una navegación menos difícil que la de ayer. He intentado permanecer cerca del Top 4 en el...

Últimas noticias - 08/01 15:36 [GMT +3] - Moto

Cuarta posición para Branch

Ross Branch, que salía detrás de todos, realiza una buena etapa. El piloto ha estado a punto incluso de conseguir su segunda victoria de etapa. Se ha quedado a tan solo 1'06...

Últimas noticias - 08/01 09:33 [GMT +3] - Moto

Branch prosigue su camino

Ross Branch, con el hombro tocado ayer, reanuda el combate esta mañana. El ganador de la segunda especial se muestra prudente y cede 4 minutos frente al líder de la especial en los primeros 50 kilómetros.

Últimas noticias - 07/01 16:02 [GMT +3] - Moto

Branch termina a hora y media

Ross Branch finaliza su jornada dolorosa. Después de sufrir una caída que le dejó tocado el hombro, el ganador de la segunda etapa logra cruzar la meta, pese al dolor, pero a 1h27 del ganador...

Últimas noticias - 07/01 12:23 [GMT +3] - Moto

Branch: "He golpeado una roca"

Ross Branch está sufriendo en esta tercera especial y llega a la segunda neutralización con 55 minutos de retraso. “He tenido mala suerte y me he caído en el km 88. Al salir de una curva con demasiada amplitud, he golpeado una roca con la parte trasera. He salido disparado por los aires y me he dado un buen golpe, pero así es la carrera. Ahora...

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