Olivier Pain got his first motorcycle as a gift, a PW50 at the age of five. In 1995 he participated in his first motocross race. In 1998, he started to ride enduro and instantly became Champion in the 125cc class. He went on in 2000 to finish third in the French Enduro Championship.
2006 marked his first Rally Raid adventure on a Yamaha finishing 28th in the Dakar overall and 7th in the Rookie Cup. The year after he finished sixth in the Dakar and seventh in the Rally of the Pharaohs.
In 2009 Pain won the Rally Raid World Cup held in Sardinia while dropping out the Dakar in tenth position. He came back in 2010 to realise a top ten finish.
In 2011 he became part of the official Yamaha Racing France Ipone Dakar team, unfortunately crashing whilst in a battle for a podium spot and breaking his wrist. His revenge in 2012 saw him finishing in ninth place after a strong top-5 position throughout the rally.
Pain held the lead for five days in the 2013 Rally, gaining valuable experience on his YZ450F to help him go further in South America again this year. Pain wrapped up 2013 just outside the top five in sixth overall.
Last year Pain took third overall in the 2014 Dakar Rally after 13 extremely challenging stages and a hard won second place podium finish at the last stage.
As a top finisher of the 2014 Dakar with third place overall, Pain has the potential to challenge for the top step on the podium. In preperation for the 2015 Rally, Yamaha has worked hard on the new Yamaha WR450F Rally and provided technical support to give Pain the opportunity to reach his new goal; to get his first overall win in 2015.