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N°501 Camion MM TECHNOLOGY

MARTIN MACIK

(cze) 1.89m / 90kg

Loisirs

Anything with an engine, basketball

Sponsors

IVAR CS, Silmet, MM Technology, Seyfor

2022: 7th
2021: 4th
2020: 5th
2019: Ab. Stage 5
2018: 5th
2017: 10th
2016: 19th
2015: Ab. Stage 5
2014: 13th (navigator for Vlastimil Vildman)
2013: 18th (navigator for Vlastimil Vildman)

2022: Baja Aragon (3rd), Rallye du Maroc (1st)
2021: Baja Aragon (1st), Rallye du Maroc (3rd)
2020: Baja Poland (2nd), Baja Drawsko (1st)
2019: Baja Aragon (1st), Baja Poland (1st), Rallye du Maroc (2nd)
2018: Baja Aragon (2nd), Baja Poland (1st), Rallye du Maroc (1st)
2017: Baja Aragon (1st), Baja Poland (1st), El Chott Rally Tunisia (1st)
2016: Baja Drawsko (1st), Baja Poland (2nd), Hungarian Baja (3rd), Baja Aragon (4th)
2015: Baja Drawsko (1st), Baja Poland (1st), Hungarian Baja (2nd), Baja Bohemia (2nd), Baja Aragon (3rd)
2014: Hungarian Baja (1st), Baja Aragon (4th)
2013: Silk Way Rally (7th)

Interview

“It feels like the racing spirit will be back”

In the absence of the mighty Kamaz, it's going to be a fascinating Dakar in the trucks but Martin Macik has enough experience to know that conquering the world's toughest rally will be anything but straightforward. In his 11th Dakar, the 33-year-old has a golden opportunity to become the first Czech winner since the late, great Karel Loprais in 2001, but he will still face stiff competition from the likes of Janus van Kasteren, Martin van den Brink and Karel's nephew Ales Loprais. Martin began his Dakar career as a navigator for Vlastimil Vildman in 2013, getting behind the wheel himself in 2015 and coming as high as fourth in 2021. For this 2023 edition, he will no longer be competing for the Big Shock Racing team he set up with his father Martin Sr six years ago. Instead he will be running under the MM Technology banner, driving a brand-new truck with a brand-new colour scheme: orange and black, instead of his customary yellow and black. It's been another busy year at the MM Technology workshops in Sedlcany, with Martin's team also building a new truck for Italian driver Claudio Bellina. At the Dakar, they will be providing support for the Firemen Dakar team and Kees Koolen, the man they helped lift the World Rally-Raid Championship title in 2022. Martin is convinced that his new machine, nicknamed ‘Čenda’, is one of the best his team has ever built. With his usual wingmen Frantisek Tomasek and David Svanda, the charismatic Czech is now hoping to make it a Dakar to remember as he goes in search of that elusive victory.


M.M.: “This will be a different Dakar, but not only because Kamaz aren't there. Everyone's talking about it. If I had a euro for every time someone has said, “You're going to win!”... It's Dakar! It's not that easy to win a rally that lasts 15 days and 10,000 kilometres. You need to survive it first, race it with no problems. It's not as easy as it looks! It will be up and down every day. I'm really looking forward to it, because nobody knows anything, nobody can predict anything. I'm sensing a bit of relief from the competitors; it feels like the racing spirit will be back. Everyone is happy to be racing against each other, but still to be friendly and enjoying it together. We've built two new trucks at MM Technology, nicknamed Čenda and Jenda; Bellina will have Jenda and we'll be in Čenda. They're the best two trucks we've ever built. It was so fun driving at the Rallye du Maroc. When everything went to plan, I was able to go unbelievably fast. We won in Morocco, which is always great of course. We wanted to win the W2RC too, but unfortunately -and I suppose fortunately, because we support him- Kees Koolen won it, so everybody did a good job. Kees could have beaten me in Morocco, which proves that last year's truck is as competitive as the new one. The biggest difference is that our truck is new. All the materials are new, everything's in the best possible shape. We had to make some changes to the engine. We had some problems at last year's Dakar that cost us a top five overall, maybe even a top three. It was really annoying because we couldn't race with 100% power. It's my 11th Dakar but I'm only 33, man! I want to do my best. I'm going there to race, and I want to be as good as I can be."

Véhicule

MM TECHNOLOGY

IVECO POWERSTAR
MM TECHNOLOGY

  • IVECO
  • POWERSTAR
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  • MM Technology
  • T5.1 : Camions Tout-terrain Prototypes

Classement 2023

Toute l'actualité de M. Macik

Actualités - 15/01 19:17 [GMT +3]

W2RC : Al Attiyah et Loeb inséparables, avantage Kevin Benavides

AUTOS : Al Attiyah vainqueur, Loeb sort gagnant

Sébastien Loeb n’est pas du genre à se faire répéter les choses deux fois. L’an passé, lorsque ses espoirs de victoire sur le Dakar s’étaient évanouis, le Français était parti à la chasse aux places d’honneurs en spéciale...

Dépêches - 15/01 12:31 [GMT +3] - Camion

Macik en tête à mi-parcours

Martin Macik détient le meilleur temps au km 68. Le Tchèque compte 27’’ d’avance sur Jaroslav Valtr et 36’’ sur Pascal De Baar. Pointé à environ 2’, Janus Van Kasteren se dirige doucement vers le titre.

Dépêches - 14/01 14:09 [GMT +3] - Camion

Macik l’emporte

Martin Macik s’impose pour la cinquième fois sur ce Dakar. Le Tchèque devance Janus Van Kasteren de près de 3’30’’. Jaroslav Valtr complète le podium provisoire à plus de 10’. Martin Van Brink ayant connu quelques déboires sur la route, Macik devrait remonter en deuxième position du classement...

Dépêches - 13/01 13:04 [GMT +3] - Camion

Long arrêt pour Macik

Dans la ligne droite avant l’arrivée, Martin Macik s’est arrêté une vingtaine de minutes. Le Tchèque a pu repartir et ne devrait pas tarder à rejoindre l’arrivée… La manœuvre a toutefois dû lui coûter très cher au général.

Dépêches - 12/01 12:49 [GMT +3] - Camion

Macik remonte d’un cran

Au km 142, Martin Van Den Brink est toujours le plus rapide. Janus Van Kasteren signe le deuxième temps provisoire à moins d’une minute de son compatriote. Mitchel Van Den Brink assure la troisième position à 3’44’’. Martin Macik figure pour le moment au pied du podium à plus de 5’35’’.

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Dépêches - 12/01 11:58 [GMT +3] - Camion

Macik perd 5’

Leader au km 63 devant Martin Van Den Brink, Martin Macik perd plus de cinq minutes au pointage suivant. Il laisse ainsi les commandes de la spéciale à ses quatre adversaires néerlandais : Martin Van Den Brink, Janus Van Kasteren, Mitchel Van Den Brink et Pascal De Baar. 

Dépêches - 11/01 14:14 [GMT +3] - Camion

Macik passe devant

Après avoir perdu plus de 50’ dans la boue hier, Martin Macik veut prendre sa revanche aujourd’hui. Le Tchèque signe le meilleur temps provisoire au km 29 avec une trentaine de secondes sur Pascal De Baar. Martin Van Brink est troisième à un peu moins d’une minute. Parti premier, Janus Van Kasteren...

Dépêches - 11/01 13:05 [GMT +3] - Camion

De la boue au menu de Macik

La remontée de Martin Macik au général s’est stoppée dans la boue hier à hauteur du km 136. L’Iveco du Tchèque, qui ouvrait la route, s’est embourbé. L’équipage a pratiquement perdu une heure dans la manœuvre. Aujourd’hui, c’est Janus Van Kasteren, vainqueur...

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