Following a highly successful career in enduro racing, Monster Energy Yamaha Rally Team’s Franco Caimi made the switch to rally competition at the age of 28, impressing the global rally community by securing an eighth-place result at his very first Dakar Rally, in 2017.
That performance earned him a place within Yamaha’s rally program for the coming season. Gaining further experience with third overall in the 2017 Merzouga Rally, the Argentine arrived at the 2018 Dakar Rally eager to impress.
Seventh on the opening stage he remained inside the top-10 during the first five days of competition until exiting the rally early on stage seven. In 2019 he hoped to make amends for that misfortune and show his true promise.
Starting the event shortly after surgery for a broken leg was far from the ideal preparation for the Yamaha WR450F Rally rider. Gallantly soldering on, he was forced to withdraw on stage three. Now fitter, wiser and more experienced, Franco has his sights set on achieving a memorable Dakar Rally result in 2020.
Prior to his rally commitments, Franco enjoyed a glittering enduro career. He achieved three Argentinian Enduro Championships, three Chilean Enduro Championships, two Latin America Enduro Championships and a staggering six Gold Medals at the prestigious International Six Days Enduro.
Date of Birth: 19-03-1988
Place of Birth: Mendoza, Argentina
Weight (kg): 70kg
2019: DNF Dakar Rally, Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team
2018: DNF Dakar Rally, Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team / 4th, Merzouga Rally / 5th, Atacama Rally / 7th, Desafio Inka
2017: 8th Overall and Top Rookie at Dakar Rally / 3rd, Merzouga Rally
2016: 2nd Argentina Cross Country Rally Championship
2014: 1st Latin American Enduro Championship / Gold Medal, ISDE