Portrait of a Lady, day one

Camelia Liparoti On a new quad, straight from the KTM workshop in Mattighofen, in Austria, Camelia Liparoti is both the first rider and the first woman to have enrolled for the Dakar at the handlebars of an orange 525 XC quad. "This morning, I...

Camelia Liparoti

On a new quad, straight from the KTM workshop in Mattighofen, in Austria, Camelia Liparoti is both the first rider and the first woman to have enrolled for the Dakar at the handlebars of an orange 525 XC quad. "This morning, I arrived at 08.30 and was amongst the first to go through administrative scrutineering", said Camelia on Wednesday. "I'm really happy to be in Argentina again. I came in February, for a race similar to the one at Le Touquet called Enduro del Verano".

After an injury on the Rally of Egypt, the Italian is faced with two challenges: to get the KTM Quad and herself to the finishing line of this Dakar, over new terrain. "I broke my right wrist on the Rally of Egypt and I'm still not 100% over it", commented the 1-m-60 tall rider. "I've done lots of rehabilitation work as well as weight training and I hope to compensate anyway with my mental strength. I love the atmosphere and climate of Argentina and I'm counting on the hospitality and enthusiasm of the crowds to give me the strength to reach the finishing line in Buenos Aires in fifteen days' time!"

-credit: aso

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Series Dakar
Drivers Camelia Liparoti