2017:Ab. Stage 4 (quad)
2016: Ab. Stage 5 (Car)
2014: Ab. Stage 10 (car)
2010: Ab. Stage 4 (Quad)
2009: 1st quad
2007: 65th (1st quad)
2003: 46th (1st quad)
2001: 43rd (1st quad)
2000: 67th (1st quad)
2016: the Tuareg, the Italian Baja and the Hungarian Baja
2015: Intercontinental Rally, Serres Rally
2013: Albania Rally, Touareg Rally, Serres Rally
A legend in off-road racing, Josef Machacek has won the Dakar 5 times in the quad class, both in Africa and South America, his last victory dating back to 2009. Failing to finish in 2010, in 2014 returned in a car but didn’t make it to the finish line, either that year, or on his second attempt in 2016. In 2017, in occasion of his 60th birthday, he decided to return to his first love, quads. He prepared the rally well and showed to have plenty of speed, winning all his 2016 warm up races: the Tuareg, the Italian Baja and the Hungarian Baja, aboard his Yamaha RR700. The Dakar 2017 didn’t go as expected: an incident on the 4th stage when he was 8th overall and an injured shoulder obliged him to withdrawn. This year, the Dakar 40th edition sees Josef Machacek back. Always on his quad, his first love.
“Last Dakar didn’t go as expected. I crashed and my race was over. Back home I underwent a surgery to fix my injured shoulder and afterwards I started a long recovery. I couldn’t train and had to do physiotherapy instead. Finally end October/ beginning of November I went to Tunisia for 12 days and covered 3,000 km. This was a good test to understand my shape and my physical conditions to face the Dakar. Anyway I learned the lesson: I need to take the race a bit more easier, ride a bit slower in order to arrive till the end. My quad is light and not so powerful, so I can ride really well till the finish. This is my target. The Dakar 40th edition? I think it’s an important anniversary that deserves to be celebrated with a “wow”. I expect something really exceptional for this 40th edition”.
BARTH RACING TEAM
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