"I’m delighted to take my place in the Red Bull Desert Wings team because it means I’m racing alongside a group of competitors that are the best in their category. It’s also a real honour to be competing for Yamaha alongside a rider like Cyril Despres this time.
My brother Alejandro won't be racing because both of us can't be away from the family business at the same time. Despite Alejandro’s absence I’m part of a big team this year and it’s good to know I have such great support behind me. We are all focused on the race because once again we have a very difficult and demanding Dakar ahead of us.
It seems to me that the most difficult portion of this upcoming Dakar will be the marathon stage in Bolivia. The only thing I know is that it’s a hard surface stage at an altitude of between 3500 and 3700 metres. It won't be a problem for the riders but the quads will lose power. However, like every challenge at the Dakar it will be the same for everyone.
The challenge for the team and myself is to defend the title that we have won during the previous four editions of the Dakar. Am I going to win? Well, I always give the same answer: I will do my best and be sure to run my own race."
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