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Ross Branch

Ross Branch

Driving the Monster Energy Yamaha Rally Team forwards as he continues his rapid trajectory towards rally stardom is Ross Branch. In signing for the team, it marks the emerging talent from Botswana’s next step towards rally success. Armed with the potent WR450F, the 35-year-old looks to impress as he begins racing for the team in late 2020 in preparation for the upcoming Andalucia and Dakar Rally.

Witnessing the final stage of the 1992 Dakar Rally in Cape Town at just five years old is where Ross’ dream of racing the event began. At such a young age, it clearly wasn’t possible to compete, so the Botswana native concentrated on his blossoming motocross career where he claimed various titles in South Africa.

Evolving into a rally racer over recent years, Ross has claimed three South African Cross Country Championship victories alongside seven Botswana 1000 Desert Race wins before progressing into international rally events.

By making his debut at the 2019 Dakar Rally, Branch’s dream of racing in the event came to fruition, 27 years after witnessing it for the very first time. In claiming an impressive 13th place finish and best rookie, it marked his arrival as a future contender before going on to finish as runner-up later that year at the Merzouga Rally, truly signalling his arrival on the international stage.

At the 2020 edition of the Dakar, the Botswana native cemented his progress by winning the event’s second stage following an impressive display of riding and navigational skills, before various challenges slowed his progress resulting in a 21st place finish. 

Bouncing back from a challenging Dakar Rally in 2021, Ross opened the FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship with a stunning victory at Rally Kazakhstan. With the following rounds in the series providing Branch with valuable racing experience, the Yamaha WR450F Rally mounted rider is now primed for his best-ever result at the Dakar in 2022.


Personal Details:

Date of Birth: 06-05-1986
Place of Birth: Botswana
Height: 1.75mWeight: 84kg
Marital Status: Married
Hobbies: Mountain biking, golf, adventures

Career Highlights

2021: 1st Rally Kazakhstan
2020: 21st Dakar Rally, (Winner of Stage 2)
2019: 13th Dakar Rally (Best Rookie) / 2nd Merzouga Rally / 9th Morocco Rally
2018: 1st, South African OR1 Cross Country Championship / 1st, Botswana 1000 Desert Race
2017: 1st, South African OR1 Cross Country Championship / 1st, Botswana 1000 Desert Race / 1st, Khawa Dune Challenge
2016: 1st, South African OR1 Cross Country Championship / 1st, Botswana 1000 Desert Race / 1st,  African Motorcycle Union Continental Motocross Championship / Finisher, Red Bull Braveman Extreme Enduro
2015: 1st, Botswana 1000 Desert Race / 1st, Khawa Dune Challenge
2014: 1st, Botswana 1000 Desert Race / 1st, Khawa Dune Challenge
2013: 1st, Khawa Dune Challenge
2012: 1st, Botswana 1000 Desert Race
2011: Gold finisher, Roof of Africa / 1st, Botswana 1000 Desert Race / 1st, African Motorcycle Union Continental Motocross Championship