Tomás de Gabardo prepares to run his first Dakar, a race carved forever by his father Carlo.
national pilot Thomas of Gavaldo Officially announced participation in the 2023 edition Dakar Rally From December 31st to December 15th, the official Dutch KTM satellite team, Bas World KTM Racing Team, are at the forefront of the event, which takes place in the dry desert of Saudi Arabia for the fourth year in a row.
A distinct synonym is motorcycle when talking about the De Gavardo surname. And of course, the legend of the late Carlo de Gavardo former National driver lives on more than ever with this news that brings this iconic clan back to the world’s toughest rally raid event.
“It is very exciting that the surname De Gavaldo will return to Dakar after Doc. e (actually 13) years. The word Dakar has been on my mind since I was born. His father used to go out every Christmas because of his dream of winning the Dakar, and I didn’t think I had to do the same. father’s legacy.
“The passion he gave me when I was little has guided me step by step. To pursue this dream that I have been working on for many years, to be able to run my first Dakar. ” Added.
After a complicated moment where his participation was hanging by a thread, a very good finish to 2022 preceded him after finishing 4th in the 55th version of the Baja 1,000 in Mexico with his brother Matteo in November. A young national athlete who is, he will also be measured in light of the events taking place in the coming weeks, but will arrive with his aspirations intact.
“It was hard to prepare. In terms of training, it took months, and in terms of funding, it was very complicated for a race far from Chile. , like Saudi Arabia, are very grateful for the support of Aktivo Mas. It was a little bit of a bit of a bit of a bit of a bit of a bit of a bit of a bit of a bit of a bit of a bit of a bit. This is the most important thing,” he said.
The Chilean rider thus joins a long list of historic national motorcyclists who have already competed in this demanding motorcycle category and achieved excellent results. Among them are his father – his 3rd place in 2001 –, Francisco ‘Chaleco’ Lopez – his 3rd place in 2010 and his 2013. ─, Pablo Quintanilla – 2nd in 2020 and 2022 – or José Ignacio Cornejo – 4th in 2020 –.