Following his eighth-place finish aboard a KTM at the 2012 Dakar Rally, the Italian Alessandro Botturi earned the best “rookie rider” award.
But the 37-year-old Botturi will not be piloting a KTM at the 2013 Dakar Rally. Rather, he will compete aboard the Husqvarna TE449 RR by Speedbrain.
Speedbrain Husqvarna signed Botturi due his “wealth of experience, in which he has won a string of important victories in the world championship and the International Six Days, as well as having taken nine Italian titles.”
Botturi has been concentrating on international rallies for a year now, getting excellent results in the FIM Cross Country Rally, finishing in second overall place in the rally of Sardinia, Speedbrain reports.
Alessandro Botturi (Speedbrain Husqvarna TE449 RR) says: “I feel really honoured to be a part of such a highly rated team like the Husqvarna Rallye Team By Speedbrain at the Dakar right now.
“The TE449RR has proved itself to an extremely competitive bike especially in the most recent races. It has won the Pharaons and was one of the main protagonists of the Morocco Rally. As always I’ll be doing my best to help bring the team success in such an important event. ”
Wolfgang Fischer (Speedbrain Husqvarna Team Manager) says: “Alessandro Botturi’s inclusion in the Husqvarna Rallye Team By Speedbrain settles the line-up for the next Dakar with Barreda, Goncalves, Fish and Botturi we’ve got an extremely competitive team that blends well together, who we can rely on to be right up there with the competition.
“I like to take this opportunity to wish Cody Quinn all the best after his thigh-bone injury at last week’s Baja 1000, who won’t be able to form part of the team, but will be on the Husqvarna TE449RR by Speedbrain as soon as he will be fully recovered.”