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FANTIC AT THE DAKAR 2024 WITH MONTANARI, MIROIR, DANIELS
Fantic returns to Dakar. After a 'shakedown' edition in 2022 with the prototype version of the XEF 450 Rally and one of further development in 2023 with the definitive model, the Veneto-based manufacturer will take up the challenge of the rally raid legend for the 2024 edition as well.
On January 5th, Fantic will start from the millenary city of Al-'Ula to tackle the dunes of Saudi Arabia and across the country, passing through the immensity of the Empty Quarter.
At Dakar 2024, Fantic will have a team of 3 riders: Tommaso Montanari, Jeremy Miroir, and Jane Daniels will ride the XEF 450 Rally.
Tommaso Montanari grew up among motorbikes, thanks to a very
passionate family. His first success came at the age of 7, winning the National
Mini Trophy Lem Championship, followed by other successes in the regional
minicross championships. At 14, he followed in his father Mario's footsteps,
starting his adventure in Enduro, winning a European championship, three Italian
Enduro championships, and three Motorally. This year, he participated in the
Morocco Rally, finishing 16th.
Jeremy Miroir is a French rider, also born in the enduro world, where
he made his racing debut at 17 and immediately began to distinguish himself.
2017 is the beginning of his successful journey in enduro racing, culminating in
the ISDE victory in the Junior World Trophy class.
Daniels has been a Fantic rider for three years. She has been involved with
motorbikes practically all her life, also influenced by her father, a road
racer, who steered her towards off-road racing because it was considered safer.
She got into the saddle at 12 after seeing her brother Gary competing in an
enduro race. She debuted in the World Enduro Championship in 2012 at 18,
finishing the season in the top 10 in eighth place, already demonstrating skills
as an excellent enduro rider.
"I am really excited about this new adventure and can't wait to get stuck into the biggest rally raid in the World! I feel I have made good preparations after racing every weekend this year, so if I can spend a little bit of time this winter road book training, then I will be able to put my best foot forward to conquer this race! Thanks to Fantic for this opportunity; it's a dream come true!"
"The third Dakar is a great achievement for Fantic - says Claudio Giovanardi, Head of the Racing Department of Fantic Motor S.p.A. - It's a competition that reflects our mentality because it requires effort, concentration, courage, and determination, with a pinch of madness. We can't wait to start this new adventure!"
The Dakar 2024
The 2024 edition of the Dakar rally will be run for the fifth consecutive
time in Saudi Arabia. The participants will start on January 5th, 2024, from
Al-'Ula, crossing the country in the direction of the Empty Quarter and
returning to the shores of the Red Sea, arriving on January 19th at the final
podium in Yanbu.
Place of birth: Terni
Date of birth: August 14th, 1991
- European Enduro Champion (2018)
- Italian Enduro Champion (2013, 2019, 2020)
- Italian Motorally Champion (2021, 2022 RT3 and 600 cc class)
Place of birth: Vichy
Date of birth: April 5th, 1994
- French Cup Winner (2017, 2018, 2019)
- ISDE Junior World Trophy class Champion (2017)
- Italian Motorally Champion (2022)
- Winner Rally of Andalusia (2022)
Place of birth: Wigan
Date of birth: February 11th, 1994
- World Enduro Champion (2019, 2020, 2022, 2023)
- ISDE team England Champion (2022)
- ISDE Champion (2022)
- British Enduro Champion (2021, 2022, 2023)