N°48 Moto WU PU DA HAI DAO DAKAR RALLY TEAM
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ZHAO HONGYI

(chn) 1.8m / 80kg

Aficiones

Starteam moto club, CrossFit, motorbikes, travel, movies

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Wupu Dahaidao

2021: 45th
2020: 64th
2019: 58th (7th Original by Motul)
2018: 74th
2017: Ab Stage 2

2019: Taklimakan Rally (Ab.)
2018: Taklimakan Rally (3rd)
2017: Taklimakan Rally (5th)
2016: Taklimakan Rally (4th)
2011: Taklimakan Rally (1st)
Grand China Rally

Interview

“I'm in perfect shape”

Zhao Hongyi has become a familiar face on the Dakar in recent years, and is now preparing for his sixth outing in the bikes. Back home in China, the 41-year-old hosts a television show dedicated to motorsport, and what better way to live his passion than by taking part in the world's toughest rally? Zhao has even shown he has what it takes to complete the Dakar in the most hardcore way, coming seventh in the assistance-free Original by Motul class in 2019. Unfortunately, that year also saw him suffer a nasty injury at the Taklimakan Rally, which meant soldiering through Dakar 2020 with a lot of pain in his ribs. By hook or by crook, though, the Wupu Dahaidao rider generally finds a way to reach the finish line, with his only abandon coming on his 2017 debut due to mechanical issues. He even claimed his best result to date at Dakar 2021, coming 45th, and he is confident about his form ahead of this 2022 edition. Zhao hasn't been able to do much racing over the past few years because of Covid-19, but he has previously said he's “addicted” to the Dakar, so there was no question of missing the party in Saudi Arabia.

“I was very satisfied with 45th place last year, which was also my best result so far. After my serious injury in 2019, now I'm in perfect shape. I've been working hard the whole year, producing shows and travelling a lot, but during the last few months I took time to prepare for the Dakar, working out 4-5 times a week. Because of the pandemic I didn't manage to race this year. The goals for Dakar 2022 are to enjoy time with my friends and get back to the action again. Original by Motul was an amazing experience. At the moment I'm having good fun with my team, but maybe I will do it again in the future.”

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WU PU DA HAI DAO DAKAR RALLY TEAM

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