Dakar: Husqvarna’s Fretigne Withdraws

2012 Dakar Rally

In August, the Frenchman David Fretigne suffered a crash at the Rally dos Sertoes that injured his vertebrae.

He continued to recover, and was hoping to race on the all-new Speedbrain Husqvarna team in 2012 Dakar. But medical reports show that he’s still not fully recovered to compete 2012 Dakar, the toughest rally race in the world.

David Fretigne says: "I am very sad that I can finally not start, after all the good hopes and the hard work to come back. I wish my team all the best at the race, and will be with them with my thoughts. I will continue to work hard on my physical condition, it was just a little bit too early to risk a start, but I will be back soon in full strength."

Husqvarna Rallye Team by Speedbrain announced Jose Manuel Pellicer as short notice new team rider, in order not to leave the starting spot of rider number twelve empty.