“See what happens from day to day”
After conquering multiple national titles in enduro and off-road (over 20 titles), Mario Patrao started his Dakar adventure in 2013. Like his compatriots Gonçalves, Rodriguez and Faria, his debut was impressive as he flew to a promising 30th position overall, including 4th place of the final stage. After struggling the next two editions on a Suzuki, 2016 was to be a real turning point for the man from Seia. And a far more competitive KTM 450 Rally, he made the headlines in Portugal by winning the Marathon class and finishing at a great 13th spot overall. Sadly, just three months after his fabulous Dakar, the Portuguese suffered a major setback in his quest to do better. During a race in Reguengos, Patrao fractured his right leg and had to go through surgery, ruining his season plans. After a five month absence he returned to competitive racing in Morocco where he took it nice and easily well aware that it would take time to fully recover. The goal now is to make it to the start line of his fifth Dakar at 100% and hope for more glory.
“After conquering over 20 national enduro and off-road championship titles, I decided that it was the moment in my career to embrace a new international challenge. As a fan of motorsports and professional rider I had always dreamt of doing the toughest rally in the world: the Dakar. After injuring my leg this season, the idea was to have the best possible preparation. The Dakar is always hard and want to give my maximum and see what happens from day to day.”