Italian Rally veteran, Alessandro Botturi takes back-to-back wins at Africa Eco Race – Pal Anders Ullevalseter finishes second and Lyndon Poskitt third in the classic race to Dakar.
After 12 stages and a final race start on the beach before a 300km journey to Dakar, the 2020 Africa Eco Race concluded on Sunday, January 19, with Alessandro Botturi taking back-to-back wins at the African rally.
After making it all the way from Monaco to Dakar and spending nearly 49 hours on the saddle, Botturi put his Yamaha on the top of the podium and matching the runner-up, Pal Anders Ullevalseter with two wins.
Ullevalseter didn’t make it easy as both of them put on a close battle during the two week rally with the win slipping his fingers by slightly less than four minutes – not much if you ask us taking into account all the hours spent racing.
With two stage wins and after overcoming some fuel pump problems in the last part of the rally, Lyndon Poskitt took the final podium spot on his Motorex-backed KTM, 51m:56s down on Botturi and having taken stage wins on the way.
The fight for third in fact saw some controversy as Paolo Lucci was penalized for using not correct tyres during the race resulting in a time penalty that put him down in fourth – there isn’t any official statement about this but it’s as we understand.
Despite not making it into the podium, 26-year-old Lucci showed some great potential after taking three stage wins and putting up a close battle with Poskitt.
Waist down paralyzed rider, Nicola Dutto, put in an astonishing ride to make his Dakar dream come true and, with the help of two riders, finish the rally in 47th place – what an achievement!
2020 Africa Eco Race final results:
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