The World Cross Country Rallies Veterans Champion, Mário Patrão conquered today an important victory in the 45th edition of the Dakar Rally 2023 when he was the fastest among the Original by Motul competitors in the 273 km timed stage that linked Shaybah to Empty Quarter.
The pilot supported by CRÉDITO AGRÍCOLA, who is also European Champion in Bajas and Rally Raid, is competing in the class known as "Malle Moto", always highly praised in this great off-road marathon, where pilots have to do their own assistance, having only the material that follows in a box that the Dakar organization carries to each bivouac.
The demand and hardness of participation in this category have been a real challenge that the pilot supported by LUSÍADAS SAÚDE has overcome in an exemplary way. In the refueling break Mário Patrão told us that "the stage was very much my way and I felt confident to take risks and print more speed. I didn't make any navigational errors and I got the victory after so much fight. I dedicate this victory to Paulo Gonçalves, he will always be among us."
Tomorrow, the 12th and antepenultimate stage is disputed. The journey that will take the opposite route to the previous stage (Empty Quarter - Shaybah) will have a total of 376.46 km, 185 of which will be timed, on a course marked by many dunes.
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Source Mario Patrão official press release