N°35 Moto ORLEN TEAM
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MACIEJ GIEMZA

(pol) 1.75m / 72kg

Loisirs

Motorsport, squash

Sponsors

Orlen

2019: Ab. Stage 8
2018: 24th

2019: Silk Way Rally (10th), Baja Aragon (6th), Hungarian Baja (3rd), Rallye du Maroc (20th)
2018: FIM Junior Cross-Country Rallies (1st): Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge (20th), Qatar Cross-Country Rally (1st), Atacama Rally (13th), Rallye du Maroc (16th)
2017: FIM Junior Cross-Country Rallies (1st): Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge (11th), Qatar Cross-Country Rally (10th), Baja Poland (2nd), OiLibya Rally of Morocco (14th)

Interview

“Push a little bit more… but not too much”

The latest in a string of talented bike riders from Poland, Maciej Giemza already stands out for his maturity at the ripe old age of just 24. A two-time winner of the FIM Junior Cross-Country Rallies world championship, the Orlen Team star is a consistent, intelligent rider who knows when to step on the gas and when to take things easy. After a frustrating end to Dakar 2019, where his engine was choked in the fesh-fesh two stages from the finish line, Maciej is determined to enjoy happier fortunes in Saudi Arabia, as he looks to improve on 24th place from his 2018 debut and crack the top 20. The first rider from Kielce to line up on the Dakar, Maciej began riding enduro at the age of eight before discovering motocross and cross-country, learning the ropes from illustrious compatriots Jacek Czachor and Jakub Przygonski. He comes from a sporting family -his younger brother Mikolaj is a squash player- and has been studying the law as well as pursuing his passion for rally raid. After a relatively late start to the 2019 season, Maciej grabbed a top-10 finish at the Silk Way Rally and a podium at the Hungarian Baja. In November he will join Emirati rider Mohammed Balooshi for a spin around the Dubai dunes as he continues to gear up for Dakar 2020, where he'll be riding alongside boyhood friend and Orlen teammate Adam Tomiczek.

“Last year my engine broke in the fesh-fesh. It was stage eight, there was a lot of fog, and we couldn't really ride fast in the fesh-fesh. My engine ate some dust! I hope things will be better this time around. Last year I didn't manage to achieve my goal of finishing in the top 20. I want to push a little bit more than in previous years, but not too much. As you know, in this sport you can't make two big steps and suddenly be in the top 10. You have to go step by step, day by day, kilometre by kilometre. I'm determined to do well, but I won't push too much to get a really good result. I think that for chapter three, Saudi Arabia is a really good choice, although we don't really know what to expect! Only a few guys have raced there, and among the bikers hardly anybody has done rallies there. Everything's going to be new. The only thing we know is that there will be dunes in the second part, probably quite similar to Abu Dhabi. I've heard the first part will be fast, with mountains and tricky navigation. I started this season a little late because of some organisational stuff, but I did the Silk Way, which I thought was very important. Five thousand kilometres in 10 days, so very tiring, but very good. Morocco was nice too, we had some new experiences with the coloured roadbook in the morning. It will be the same on some Dakar stages, so it was good to practice. Now is the most important time, these last two months. I'm doing lots of physical training and heading to Dubai for some training with Mohammed Balooshi. There are going to be so many dunes in the second part of the Dakar, I want to be well prepared!”

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ORLEN TEAM

  • Marque : HUSQVARNA
  • Modèle : FR 450 RR
  • Préparateur : Orlen Team
  • Assistance : Orlen Team
  • Classe : G2.1 Super production

Classement 2020

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1 28 28 28
2 28 28 28
3 18 17 25
4 25 25 21
5 27 27 20
6 23 23 17
7 25 24 19
8 - - 19
9 21 21 18
10 24 24 18
11 16 15 18
12 9 9 17

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