Prior to racing rally, Franco Caimi enjoyed a glittering enduro career. Claiming a staggering six gold medals at the prestigious International Six Days Enduro, domestic successes were also achieved. Victory in three Argentinian Enduro Championships alongside multiple Chilean and Latin Enduro Championships proved the Argentine’s speed and consistency.
Following his highly successful time in enduro racing, Franco made the switch to rally competition at the age of 28 and immediately impressed the global rally community by securing an eighth-place finish at his very first Dakar Rally, in 2017.
Later that year, Franco raced to an impressive third overall in the 2017 Merzouga Rally to give the Argentine a confidence boost as he headed to the 2018 Dakar Rally. 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, Franco’s preparation was far from ideal due to injury. Starting the event shortly after surgery for a broken leg, the Yamaha WR450F Rally rider gallantly soldiered on before being forced to withdraw on stage three.
Franco would match his debut result at the 2020 Dakar Rally, securing an eighth-place finish in just his fourth participation in the event.
Following a year of focussed training that has instilled Franco with increased confidence, high expectations of securing a career-best result at the 2021 Dakar Rally are very much on the agenda for the likeable Argentinian.
Date of Birth: 19-03-1988
Place of Birth: Mendoza, Argentina
Weight (kg): 70kg
2020: 8th Dakar Rally / 8th Andalucia Rally, Monster Energy Yamaha Rally Team
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