Romaniacs mastermind, Martin Freinademetz to race Dakar 2020

Red Bull Romaniacs mastermind Martin Freinademetz, set to tackle his own motorsport adventure and race 2020 Dakar Rally in Saudi Arabia. 


Marking his third Dakar entry, the former snowboard champion and infamously the twisted mind behind the Red Bull Romaniacs, Freinademetz is aiming to be the first Austrian to complete the legendary long-distance rally on all three of the Dakar continents – Africa, South American and next year Saudi Arabia.

Freinademetz’s first Dakar was way back in the days of the African Dakar in 2007. Three years later, when the rally had moved to South America, he raced again with the intention to be the first Austrian to compete on both continents. “As the first Austrian to finish on both continents. That's something. I think that's cool!” Said Martin after finishing his second Dakar.

Martin Freinademetz Dakar 2010 560

The focus in 2020 in Saudi Arabia is clearly the same and getting through to the finish on the first Dakar on the Asian continent, becoming the first Austrian to complete the rally in all three continents in the process.

In his two previous Dakars, Freinademetz says he has always traded the full gas approach for the goal of finishing. Avoiding racing at your limits is of course vital in rally (just as it is for most people in Romaniacs). Martin claims this will not be different in 2020 as the Dakar remains a rock hard and demanding event for machine and human.

Final logistics and organization details are still being worked out but Freinademetz continues with support from his long time sponsor since his snowboarding days, Red Bull. “With such a challenge, you need a bike that you can rely on 100 percent.” Adds Martin about his KTM machine he’ll race Dakar on. “We have been partners in many of my projects for many years and KTM always has an open ear for my ideas.”

Good luck fella.

Words Credit: Christian Parry/ 
Photo Credit: Red Bull + Future7Media
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Jon Pearson
Enduro21 Editor and Bike Tester