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2018: Ab. Stage 3
2017: Ab. Stage 5
2018: Merzouga Rally (6th), Baja Espana Aragon (9th)
2016: Balkan Offroad Rallye, Duna Aszfalt Cup (1st)
2015: Hellas Rally (2nd)
2014: Rally Breslau (1st)
2013: Romanian Baja (1st)
2012: European Baja (2nd)
2011: Baja Carpathia (2nd), Intercontinental Rally (1st)
2010: Italian Baja (3rd)
Czech quad rider Tomáš Kubiena is hoping it will be third time lucky as he returns to the Dakar following abandons in 2017 and 2018. The 42-year-old businessman has had his fair share of bad luck on the rally so far, with mechanical problems forcing him to retire in his first two participations. But with the help of the ambitious Moto Racing Group (MRG), who are back for their sixth Dakar in South America, Tomáš is determined to make it through to the finish line in Lima. A talented rider with over a decade of experience under his belt, he has been training hard this year, knowing that finally making it to the end of the world's toughest rally on his Hawk 690 would be a standout achievement in an already impressive career.
“I'm really looking forward to the upcoming Dakar. Like most competitors, I enjoy the dunes, they make for some amazing riding. It'll be physically demanding, a lot of people will make mistakes, and with such difficult navigation you always run the risk of incurring penalties. But we've been preparing carefully throughout the year. We've done plenty of testing at several races, especially on sand. I think our preparations have been good and we can have fun at the Dakar again. I think this will be the year I'll finally get to the finish line, so we'll have something to celebrate with the team.”
MOTO RACING GROUP (MRG)
Mauvaise journée pour Tomas Kubiena. Le pilote tchèque, cinquième du général ce matin, a dû abandonner au kilomètre 54 de la spéciale après avoir cassé le moteur de son quad Ibos.
Tomas Kubiena continue de mener la spéciale quad au passage du CP2. Le pilote Ibos devance Alexandre Giroud de 1’20 alors que Nicolas Cavigliasso rétrograde en 4e position à 3’06.
La surprise du jour en quad pourrait venir de Tomas Kubiena. Le Tchèque, qui a abandonné lors de ses deux premiers Dakar, est passé au CP1 avec une bonne minute d’avance sur Gustavo Gallego. Le Français Alexandre Giroud est également dans un bon jour avec la troisième position provisoire.
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