Dakar 2023: Mário Patrão wins the Veteran category and finishes 3rd place in the Original by Motul class

Dakar 2023: Mário Patrão wins the Veteran category and finishes 3rd place in the Original by Motul class

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Mário Patrão, driver supported by CRÉDITO AGRÍCOLA completed today his participation in the 45th edition of the Dakar, where he achieved a brilliant victory among the veterans and a magnificent third place among the competitors of the Original by Motul, the biggest challenge launched by the most important world cross-country competition to pilots of two wheels who venture to dispute it without external assistance.

Reinforcing the realization that this edition of the Dakar was particularly tough, the pilots encountered enormous difficulties on the track throughout the stage that linked Al-Hofuf to Dammam with a selective sector of 136 kilometers timed, which did not prevent the pilot supported by BAHCO from overcoming all difficulties.

"The course of this final stage had a lot of mud and a lot of water, because in the last few days there was a lot of rain. There was an area where several riders were buried by mud and I was too. The bike was so muddy that the wheels started to stick. I knew I had to force the engine to finish and I ended up burning the clutch. Then I had to be very careful, because when I accelerated the bike would skid. It was a demanding challenge and physically exhausting. I had to fight until the last second to get the victory that I worked so hard to achieve", explains the pilot supported by LUSIADAS SAÚDE, who adds:

"What was supposed to be a stage party consecration, was after all a lot of work, but I am happy with the victory and the podium "malle moto". I thank all those who supported me, and especially the sponsors who believed in me. I managed to get Portugal on the podium", said the World Cross Country Rallies Veterans Champion, a pilot supported by Seia City Hall, at the end of the race.

 

Automatic translation from the original Portuguese version available on www.todoterreno.pt
Source Mario Patrão official press release

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