Jacopo Cerutti is one of the most promising Italian riders and he is training the whole year only with a target in mind: the Dakar Rally. Multiple Italian Motorally Champion with a solid career in the Enduro, at only 26 years of age, Jacopo made a major change in his motorbike career, deciding to switch from Enduro to rally-raid. Despite his lack of experience, the young talent from Como impressed on his first real rally, in Sardinia, claiming the 6th spot of the event and winning the Dakar Challenge and the free entry to the Dakar going with it. A tenth place at the Morocco Rally followed, confirming the talent of the Italian. Full time rider supported by Husqvarna Italy, Jacopo made his debut on the Dakar 2016 finishing 12th overall. An incident during the Italian Motorally season slowed down his preparation for the Dakar 2017 and the return on the Rally was not as he had expected. The Italian took the start aiming at a Top10 finish, but an injury suffered in a crash on the third stage put an end to his race. After an impressive Top 20 finish in the 2018 Dakar, this year, the 30 years old professional rider returns on the Dakar rally in good shape and with a solid preparation. At his 4th participation, Jacopo aims at finishing the Rally with a good result. He prepared the most important appointment of the year training with the bicycle, his second passion after motorbikes, gym and motorcycle and competing in several Morocco rallies.
“Never give up. This is my motto and this has applied in all my life in the commitments I have taken. I inherited the passion for the rallies from family friends and my father who has always been passioned about off road. Dakar is synonymous with passion, sacrifice, great satisfaction, but also the sense of freedom and adventure. The Dakar has given me great satisfactions such as finishing 12th in my rookies year. In 2017 I experienced a bad crash and had to retire, but in 2018 I could experience again the incredible feeling of crossing the finish line of the toughest rally in the world. My target for the 2019 edition? A 15th place would be fantastic!”
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