Driver of the most experienced MAZ-SPORTauto crew, Aleksandr Vasilevski went into the Dakar history books back in 2015 when he became the first Belorussian to finish in the Top 10 in the truck race, an outstanding performance from the man behind the MAZ project. His hopes of capitalising on that success in 2016 were dashed however when he was forced to retire from the race on Stage 11 while holding 19th place. In 2017 Valislevski and his crew was back and finished with a superb 6th place. This year there are all the premises to do another good race and improve the result.
“Every driver who takes part in the Dakar dreams to win this race. My sixth position is so far the best in my career as a driver. For the JSC MAZ, this also the best performance of the possibilities of what a truck branded MAZ can do. It’s great to be back this year with my crew, made first of all by my friends and colleagues. We aim at doing well, I know my truck and I’m very confident that we can do a great race. Dakar as always been a dream since I was a kid. An highlight of my past participation? The welcoming of the Dakar caravan in Bolivia. The warmth and excitement of the crowd was unbelievable”.
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