Laia Sanz and the GasGas Factory Racing team are tonight looking forward to the start of the 2020 Dakar Rally after successfully completing a pre-event shakedown and event administrative controls.
Riding the all-new GasGas RC 450F, Laia will start her 10th Dakar Rally when she begins the opening 752-kilometre stage on Sunday, January 5 when the 42nd edition will be held in the Middle East for the first time in its history.
‰ÛÏIt is always an exciting time, just before the start of Dakar," Sanz said. "We had already completed a lot of testing on the bike in Morocco in December, but it‰Ûªs been good to see and ride the terrain here in Saudi Arabia. So far, my feeling on the bike has been very good. I think once the race has started, we will see lots of different styles of terrain, and for sure a really challenging Dakar.
"My first impressions here have been good, the country is very beautiful. To join GasGas for their new rally project is motivating, I‰Ûªm so happy to be representing the brand here and throughout the season. As everyone knows, it‰Ûªs really tough to finish the Dakar and my goal is to be inside the top 15. The level of riders is really high right now and I will need to be smart to have a good race. Last year I finished 12th and had great results during the 2019 racing season, so I hope to keep this momentum going into the 2020 Dakar. I feel ready, I‰Ûªve been training hard, I feel healthy and my goal is to earn a good result for GasGas on this new bike.‰Û