JOAQUIM RODRIGUES

AGE

36 Years

NATIONALITY

Portuguese

DESIGNATION

Hero MotoSports Team Rally Pilot

RACING EXPERIENCE

"After spending a little over two decades in Supercross and Motocross, I made my debut in off-road rally with Hero MotoSports Team Rally in 2016."

WHY MOTORSPORTS

"After 27 years of racing professionally as a Supercross and Motocross rider, the opportunity to represent Hero MotoSports as a rider came as a welcome challenge that I accepted open-heartedly.

I have always wanted to race at the Dakar and the offer to race against the best in the world was too good to be turned down."

HOW DID THE JOURNEY START

"My father was a Motocross racer himself and I would follow him to all his races. Eventually, he built me my first bike and I haven’t stopped racing ever since."

MOST MEMORABLE
RALLY EXPERIENCE

"The moment I crossed the last stage at Dakar, I was ecstatic. I almost had tears in my eyes. Finishing Dakar on my first attempt is a feeling that will always remain with me. I hope I've more of them."

MOST CHALLENGING
RALLY EXPERIENCE

"During the second stage of the Dakar 2017, I had a crash that left me with a broken thumb. I had trouble continuing with the pain. However, it got better over the next week and I was able to complete the rally without any serious repercussions."

PRE-RACE RITUAL

"I like to wear my gear starting on the right side of my body but I always put on my left glove first."

FAVOURITE PART
OF THE JOB

“As a rider, to get an opportunity to not only ride at Dakar but finish in the 12th position is as great as a job can get. The team behind me is helping me progress right, growing in a direction that is aligned with my goal of putting a mark on Dakar."

SIDE HUSTLE

I like to spend my free time relaxing. I spend my off-days at home, spending time with my kids or by playing an occasional game of golf or taking my cycle out for a ride.