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MotoGP™ stars taken for Dakar white knuckle ride in Aragón

MotoGP™ stars taken for Dakar white knuckle ride in Aragón

Spanish Dakar truck driver Pep Vila gave MotoGP™ riders a somewhat different racing experience at the Aragón race track at Thursday afternoon’s pre-event, as he took them around the track’s AutoCross Circuit in his Petronas De Rooy Iveco Trakker race truck.

Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Cal Crutchlow, Interwetten-Paddock’s Tom Lüthi, Blusens Avintia’s Maverick Viñales, RW Racing GP’s Luis Salom and Team Italia FMI’s Romano Fenati were each strapped into the race-ready passenger seat before Vila commenced the 900hp fuelled off-road ride. A couple of laps a piece proved enough as the truck was sliding around corners and tackling the track with ease – with Fenati being the only one who was treated to the truck briefly going up on two wheels on its side.

Vila is himself a ten times Dakar veteran, boasting nine finishes and a best finish of sixth, only once being robbed of fourth due to a technical fault. His Iveco Trakker, part of the five vehicle-strong Dutch De Rooy team, features a 13-litre diesel engine putting out 900hp to propel the ten tonne machine. It has a top speed of 205km/h, yet Vila explained that this is limited to 150km/h during the rally. The team’s owner, Gerard de Rooy, took victory in last year’s Dakar, with other Dutch teammate Hans Stacey coming in second.

The MotoGP™ riders will now turn their focus to their respective classes with the first free practice sessions kicking off at 9:15 local time with Moto3™.


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