N°18 Motos MONSTER ENERGY YAMAHA RALLY TEAM
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ROSS BRANCH

(bwa) 1.74m / 79kg

Aficiones

Mountain bikes, golf, adventures

Sponsors

Mack Air, Yamaha, Monster Energy

2020: 21st (1 stage win)
2019: 13th (best rookie)

2020: Andalucia Rally (16th)
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

“I have everything I need to go and win”

The 2020 Dakar will remain in the mind of Ross Branch as a turning point in his off-road career. Not only did he manage to conquer his first ever special victory on the way to a second consecutive Dakar finish (21st overall), he also achieved the bigger goal he had set: to seduce a top factory team through his results and find a place amongst the pros. For his third appearance, the rider from Botswana will indeed be part of the Yamaha Rally team alongside the likes of Adrian Van Beveren and Andy Short. Nicknamed the “Kalahari Ferrari” by a local follower in reference to a very fast donkey cart, Ross Branch is a reference both in motocross and cross-country. He’s claimed all the possible continental titles in both disciplines. In 2019, for his first outing on the Dakar, he finished best rookie of the event reaching the final podium in an outstanding 13th position. This commercial airline pilot who used to fly all week and race on weekends has now had to put a halt on his initial career to just focus on racing. The goal now is to be at the height of what his Yamaha factory team expects from him.

“I think that every guy dreams of being on a factory team to race in their sports. For me to be in the Yamaha factory team is really incredible. It’s a dream come true on its own. But with that comes a lot of pressure. I want to win. I want to do better. It changes everything. Now I have everything I need to go and win. That’s what they expect of us. The difference comes from the way you’re looked after, everything is at your disposal. It’s like a tool box: everything you need, there’s someone for you.
The first contact with the team came a year ago during the Morocco Rally when they asked me what I was doing in 2020 and they offered me a test ride. From the moment when you think you can’t get back to the racing because of financial reasons and something like this comes up. There were tears of joy, a lot of tears of joy. You realise it’s something you’ve worked your whole career for and it finally comes true.
This year’s been strange. I got a first call in March to fly over in Portugal to test for the team and then I was on the next plane back home because of the pandemic. I was like a little kid at Christmas waiting for this day. We later got together in October as a team in Font Romeu. We had such a good team building experience.
The things that really change is that the guys are so fast in my team. If you want to keep up with them, you’ve got to make sure that you’re at the top as well. There’s a lot of pressure but it’s good pressure. All I can do is learn from the guys that have so much more experience than me.”

Vehículo

MONSTER ENERGY YAMAHA RALLY TEAM

  • Marca : YAMAHA
  • Modelo : WR450F RALLY
  • Preparador : Monster Energy Yamaha Rally Team
  • Asistencia : Monster Energy Yamaha Rally Team
  • Clase : G1.1 Élite A.S.O.

Clasificación 2021

Scratch Etapa General
0 4 4 4
1 15 15 12
2 4 4 3
3 17 17 6
4 4 4 3
5 9 9 8
6 2 2 4
7 28 28 15
8 11 11 13
9 - - -
10 - - -
11 - - -
12 - - -

Toute l'actualité de R. Branch

Últimas noticias - 12/01 09:49 [GMT +3] - Moto

Branch se queda sin motor

Después de Franco Caimi ayer, le llega el turno a Ross Branch, víctima de una rotura de motor. El piloto de Botsuana no tiene posibilidad de repararlo. ¡Nuevo y durisimo golpe para el equipo Yamaha! 

Últimas noticias - 10/01 08:38 [GMT +3] - Moto

Branch vuelve a la carga

Ross Branch ha conseguido volver a pista. El piloto de Botsuana ha tardado varios minutos en reparar su Yamaha después de sufrir una caída.

Últimas noticias - 10/01 08:14 [GMT +3] - Moto

Caída y problemas para Ross Branch

Ross Branch, segundo motorista en tomar la salida, ha sufrido una caída cerca del km 31 sin consecuencias para el piloto de Yamaha, pero su moto presenta problemas mecánicos. El piloto botsuano confía en poder efectuar las reparaciones necesarias por su cuenta para seguir adelante. Contratiempo para el primer representante de...

Últimas noticias - 08/01 14:13 [GMT +3] - Moto

¡Llegan las motos!

Las primeras motos acaban de cruzar la meta de la especial del día. Por el momento, el más rápido es Ross Branch, por delante de Matthias Walkner… pero conviene esperar a Joan Barreda o Daniel Sanders para conocer el desenlace de la etapa de hoy.

Reacciones - 06/01 14:05 [GMT +3] - Moto

Ross Branch: "No busco ir mucho más rápido"

El piloto de Botsuana, segundo en la etapa de Riad, pasa al siguiente nivel y asciende a la cuarta posición en la general.  

"Me lo he pasado bien. Esta mañana me he saltado un waypoint al inicio, así que me sentía un poco frustrado. Luego he querido avanzar a fondo para conocer la velocidad máxima de la moto. Yamaha ha trabajado...

Últimas noticias - 06/01 12:42 [GMT +3] - Moto

Branch cruza la meta

Ross Branch es el primero en cruzar la meta de la especial del día. Sin embargo, en el km 268 registraba un retraso de más de dos minutos frente a Joan Barreda. Todo apunta a que ganará el piloto de Honda...

Últimas noticias - 04/01 07:49 [GMT +3] - Moto

Branch toma la salida

Ross Branch arranca en la segunda etapa del Dakar. El piloto de Botsuana, fichado por el equipo Monster Energy Yamaha en primavera de 2020, perdía ayer, domingo, cerca de diez minutos frente a Toby Price. Ocupa actualmente el 10º puesto en la general, a poco más de 30 segundos de su compañero de equipo Andrew Short y a 9 minutos del líder...

Reacciones - 03/01 13:59 [GMT +3] - Moto

Ross Branch: "He hecho lo que he podido"

El piloto de Botsuana, vencedor de etapa el año anterior, salía en 4ª posición y ha corrido hoy junto al grupo de cabeza, pero no ha podido evitar perder cerca de 10 minutos frente a Toby Price.

"La navegación de hoy ha sido muy difícil. Una de las etapas más duras que he vivido en este mundillo, pero...

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