Who is Francisco Moreno the only Argentine on the Dakar 2022 podium?

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He arrived as one more participant in the toughest race on the planet, but his name gained prominence as the stages ran. Learn more about this man from Mendoza who set the light blue and white flame in Saudi Arabia.

The Mendoza in action during one of the stages of the 2022 Dakar Rally. Photo: Drag'on Distribution Press

"I only came to finish the race but luckily we got this second place. I am very happy because I searched for it a lot”, the words are from Francisco Moreno, the pleasant surprise that left this edition of the Dakar Rally and chatted with Automoundo, barely crossed the finish line of the last special of the race.

The Argentinian arrived at his first participation in the toughest test on the planet at the age of 25 and a handful of rally raid races but with a lot of experience driving a quad. Because since his father José gave him the first quad when he was 5 years old, he began to add kilometers and at 12 he began his sports journey in quadcross categories, always accompanied by his family.

Precisely this opportunity to live the Dakar together with his father was the highlight. “What I enjoyed most about this Dakar experience was being present with my entire team, my dad, my mechanic,” said Moreno, who took part in the event on a Yamaha Raptor that was assisted by the Drag'on team, the same team that was part of the Dakar. the champion of this edition Alexandre Giroud.

Regarding the race, the man from Mendoza - who won three races in the last season of the Argentine Sailing Championship and finished third in the tournament - explained that he felt comfortable at each stage and that this allowed him to find a fast pace that did not require so much to the quad: “I had a fairly even pace in all the stages so I'm very happy with the result. I think the key was to take care of the quad because several of them broke as the stages were very hard, especially stage 11.".

Regarding his sporting future, Moreno prefers to enjoy this celebration before thinking about the next goal. “In Tupungato (Mendoza) everyone is crazy so I want to celebrate a little here and then travel to celebrate with everyone there"He assured.

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