The story of the 33 year old Italian Maurizio Gerini is similar to the adventure of many riders who swapped from Enduro to Rally Raid as a springboard to the race of their dreams: the Dakar Rally. After 10 years of competing in Enduro at a professional level in Italy and Europe, Maurizio Gerini needed new motivations so in 2017 he switched to rally raid: he competed and won the Italian Moto Rally Championship and made his debut on an international rally raid at the Merzouga Rally. He discovered the desert and made experience with the navigation system used also on the Dakar. Once in Lima, he took stoke of the experience done and made an intelligent race with a consistent pace that allowed him to finish 22nd at his debut together with his friend and team mate Fausto Vignola. His great results in his rookies years made him one of the most promising rider in the Italian scenario of rally raid.
“The highlight was to park the bike in the parc fermé together with my friend and adventure mate Fausto at the end of the 2018 Dakar. This is a moment I will never forget together with the sacrifices but also the rewards to arrive where I am. The Dakar is special because it allows you to experience the ultimate adventure and I really look forward to the year challenge. Peru will welcome us with lots of dunes and sand, incredible landscapes and genuine people. I have trained a lot, combing my passion with my work and I will count on the professional support of the Solarys Team. After the incredible result from last year (22nd overall and 1st of the marathon category) I aim at finishing the race and improve my result.”
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