N°30 Moto FRANCO SPORT YAMAHA RACING TEAM
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ANTONIO MAIO

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2020: 27th
2019: Ab. Stage 8

2021: Portuguese TT championship (1st), Baja Portalegre (1st), Rallye du Maroc (21st)
2020: Portuguese TT championship (1st)
2019: Merzouga Rally (7th), Baja Portalegre (2nd)
2018: Merzouga Rally (24th)
6 x Portuguese national TT champion
7 x winner Baja Portalegre

Interview

“My form and confidence are very good”

One of the biggest stars on the Portuguese offroad scene, Antonio Maio is preparing for his Dakar comeback in 2022. The 35-year-old made his debut in Peru three years ago, but mechanical issues prevented him reaching the finish line in Lima. The following year, when the rally switched to Saudi Arabia, he was in the hunt for a top-15 finish but suffered a crash that forced him to settle for 27th place overall. After missing Dakar 2021 because of his job, he is back for this 44th edition and looking to impress for the Franco Sport Yamaha Racing team. A six-time winner of the Portuguese TT championship, Antonio now holds the all-time record of victories at the prestigious Baja Portalegre 500, having triumphed there for the seventh time in October. He also had a chance to test alongside the top factory riders at the Morocco Rally, finishing 21st, and is hoping to give the Dakar elites a proper run for their money in the highly competitive bikes class.

“It was a career goal to beat the record at Baja Portalegre, so achieving it was a great feeling. I hope to get even more victories! The season went great with my team, Yamaha Fino Motor Racing. We won every race at the Portuguese Baja Championship, and we partnered up with Franco Sport for the Morocco Rally and Dakar. Everything is working great, so I'm pretty happy. My form and confidence are very good. Racing in Morocco was a great opportunity to test all the upgrades we did on the bike: engine, suspension and chassis. It all went really well. At Dakar 2020 I was running in the top 15 overall, but I had a crash on one stage which pushed me off target. And then I missed Dakar 2021 due to professional reasons; as some people know, I'm a captain in the GNR [Portugal's Guarda Nacional Republicana], and I had to take a course to become a major. This year will be better. My goal for Dakar 2022 is the top 15, and finishing as the top non-professional rider (laughs). I'm really excited to be back! I feel good, and even more excited because I just became a father of twins!"

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FRANCO SPORT YAMAHA RACING TEAM

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  • WR450 RALLY
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  • Franco Sport Yamaha Racing Team
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