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the journey of Sanz-Gerini and Carlos Checa

4-wheeled motorcyclists for the Dakar 2022. That is the case of the unprecedented couple Laia Sanz-Maurizio Gerini, but additionally of the rookie Carlos Checa.

The Dakar Rally Raid is a prestigious occasion and all the time stuffed with nice challenges. We talked about it citing the Italian troop, former Superbike Joan Lascorz, the “horrible women” of bikes. However one other journey is actually going from two to 4 wheels. The Spanish lady Laia Sanz and Italian Maurizio Gerini, two weighty names within the bike class, this yr might be in the beginning collectively among the many vehicles with the quantity # 238. To them we add Carlos Checa, lengthy retired however from an vital profession in bikes, with a world title in WorldSBK: his identify is on the record of rookies amongst those that will problem the Arabian desert by automotive, in his case with the quantity # 239. In the identical class of individuals as Peterhansel, Al-Attiyah, Sainz, Roma, Despres, Loeb, Terranova, Esteve (bear in mind, paralyzed from the waist down since 2007 after a critical accident), the Coronels …

Sanz-Gerini, an unprecedented couple within the assault

The reference level of ladies’s off-road motorcycling and one of many references of Italian motorcycling between enduro and rally. Which means Laia Sanz with Maurizio Gerini co-driver: that is the formation for the Dakar subsequent January, however with ‘double wheels’. The truth is, the 2 motorcyclists are prepared for his or her first Rally Raid along with the driving of a Mini All4 Racing. For Sanz (14 trial iris and 6 in enduro) it was time to face a brand new journey after 11 editions on bikes. “Nice outcomes, however exhausting occasions too, additionally as a result of well being issues I’ve had in recent times. It was time for a change, I’ve all the time favored to depart my consolation zone “ he identified, as reported by In 4 wheels, nonetheless, a co-driver is required and the selection fell on the Italian motorcyclist, a number of enduro champion and in addition Italian Motorally champion, since 2018 a set participant within the Dakar in bikes. A rider who was aiming for redemption after a untimely end (three phases had been lacking) attributable to an accident within the 2021 version, simply when he was main the very troublesome Authentic by Motul class. The proposal of the a number of Spanish champion was a bolt from the blue, but additionally a problem that she didn’t wish to refuse, quite the opposite. “Laia is an instance for everybody, an individual for whom I’ve nice respect” remarked Gerini. “We will not wait to get began and discover ourselves in motion with legends!”

The debut of Carlos Checa

It’s not a reputation unknown to anybody in relation to the two-wheel atmosphere. The 49-year-old Spanish motorcyclist, who has lengthy since retired from racing, has achieved a twenty-year profession between the World Championship and WorldSBK. It’s within the sequence derivatives that Carlos Checa wins his solely world champion in 2011, the primary for a Spanish rider. However the name of that well-known competitors referred to as the Dakar had struck him for years and, as for the 2 riders talked about above, the wheels double in comparison with what was finished in his profession at a aggressive degree. Clearly it took a while for Checa to be prepared for the problem, tackling a number of rallies through the years, however now right here he’s on the record. He’ll drive the Buggy Optimus of the MD Rallye Sport group, alongside a co-driver just like the very skilled Ferrán Marco (with the fantastic thing about 15 Dakar behind him). “An journey and a novel problem, this can be a competitors in capital letters” is the remark of the 2011 world champion and present TV commentator for WorldSBK. Emphasizing that “Once I was energetic within the MotoGP and Superbike World Championships I could not give it some thought, however I’ve all the time been drawn to it.” Now the dream comes true. “I’ve no objectives, I wish to benefit from the expertise and do one of the best I can, hoping it will likely be a brand new stage on the earth of engines.”

What a fairy story Marco Simoncelli! “58” illustrated story additionally on the market on Amazon Books

Photograph: @ mauriziogerini42 / @ carloscheca7

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