Xavier De Soultrait
Demonstrating impressive speed in long rally stages, Xavier de Soultrait has worked hard over the last few years to perfect his navigational skills. Entering the fifth Dakar Rally of his career in 2019, the Frenchman has his eyes set on climbing onto the podium in Peru.
Ambitious but calm, smart and wise, Xavier has all the right qualities to be a safe bet in rally raid. Starting his career as an aspiring French motocross rider, in just a few years he went on to become a top-10 racer in the FIM Enduro World Championship.
First experiencing the Dakar in 2014, he immediately became a contender for stage wins in long rally stages. Mastering advanced navigation techniques De Soultrait classified 34th on his first Dakar Rally and 15th on his second participation in 2015. The 2015 season was spent in the Yamalube Yamaha Junior Rally Team, where Xavier trained hard and was ready to push to the limit at every event.
During the 2016 season, he secured an encouraging sixth place result at the Merzouga Rally and an eighth place result at the Oilibya Rally. Enjoying a strong season in 2017 he took his first multi-stage rally victory at the Merzouga Rally, placed fifth at the Atacama Rally, third at the Desafio Ruta 40 and fourth at the Baja Inka Rally.
Xavier de Soultrait entered the 2018 Dakar Rally ready to demonstrate his vast potential. Starting the event with a strong fifth place result on the opening stage and going on to finish stage four in a close runner-up spot behind his teammate Van Beveren, Xavier remained within striking distance of the top of the leader board until his fall during stage eight.
Returning to action at the 2018 Atacama Rally in August 2018, Xavier has worked hard during the past few months in order to be mentally and physically ready for the 2019 Dakar Rally adventure.
|Date of birth:||09-05-1988|
|Place of birth:||Moulins, Auvergne (France)|
|2018:||DNF Dakar Rally [crashed while 6th overall] Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team / 11th, Atacama Rally / 26th, Desafio Inka|
|2017:||87th, Dakar Rally, Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team / 1st, Merzouga Rally / 5th, Atacama Rally / 3rd Desafio Ruta 40 Rally / 4th, Baja Inka Rally|
|2016:||Dakar 2016 - Yamalube Yamaha Junior Rally Team / 6th, Merzouga Rally / 8th, Oilibya Rally of Morocco|
|2015:||13th, Dakar Rally / 6st, Merzouga Rally / 8th, Oilibya Rally|
|2014:||3rd, French Enduro Championship Elite 2 / 9th, FIM Enduro World Championship / 34th, 1st Dakar|
|2013:||10th, French Enduro Championship Elite 2 / 17th, FIM Enduro World Championship Elite 2|
|2012:||1st, European Team Enduro Championship / 10th, French Enduro Championship Elite 2|
|2011:||8th, French Junior Championship|
|2010:||3rd, European Team Enduro Championship / 5th, European Junior Enduro Championship / 12th, French Championship Elite 2|