“An Unicef Italy ambassador on the Dakar”
Jacopo Cerutti, Italian Motorally champion for the second year in a row, is the most promising rider among the Italian line up. With a solid career in the enduro, at only 26 years of age, in fact, he made a major change in his motorbike career, deciding to switch from enduro to rally-raid. Despite his lack of experience, the young talent from Como impressed on his first real rally, in Sardinia, claiming the 6th spot of the event and winning the Dakar Challenge and the free entry to the Dakar going with it. A tenth place at the Morocco Rally followed, confirming the talent of the Italian. Full time rider supported by Husqvarna Italy, Jacopo made his debut on the Dakar 2016 finishing 12th overall. An incident during the Italian Motorally season slowed down his preparation for the Dakar 2017 and the return on the Rally was not as he had expected. The Italian took the start aiming at a Top10 finish, but an injury suffered in a crash on the third stage put an end to his race. This year, the 28 year old professional rider returns on the Dakar rally 40th edition in good shape and with a solid preparation. 6th at the Afriquia Merzouga Rally 2017, Jacopo Cerutti prepared the most important appointment of the year training with the bicycle, his second passion after motorbikes, gym and motorcycle and competing in several Morocco rallies with his Husqvarna 450cc.
“For me Dakar is synonymous with passion, sacrifice, great satisfaction, but also the sense of freedom and adventure. The highlight of my first Dakar in 2016 was the 350 km that we covered on asphalt road from the end of the last special stage to Rosario. During those hours I could really realize that I had really made it and my mind went back to all the tough moments. I had suffered the heat a lot and also I had a bad crash where for a moment I thought that my race could be compromised. Fortunately I could finish, also thank to my dad, who is an osteopath and has always followed me in the races. Unfortunately last year didn't go as expected and I had to withdraw following an incident and an injury to my hand. This year I'm back. I'm an ambassador of Unicef Italy so it will be great to represent their name around the world, hoping that this will help to support more kids. This year the race will be demanding since the first stages, so I think it's necessary to arrive in Peru well prepared. My target: to finish the rally. The best part of the Dakar? The adventure. The worst part? The alarm clock in the morning!”