Fantic enters the legend of the toughest motorsport marathon: the Dakar Rally 2022 is a success!
An ambitious venture driven by passion and heart, reasoned and strategically planned in every detail for an impressive debut.
A precise strategy at the base of everything: bring to the race the Fantic XEF Rally 450, a completely new bike presented only a month before, with the aim of completing the challenge of the desert by collecting the greatest baggage of technical information and testing.
The choice of the rider fell on one of the greatest experts in the field, a true legend of the Dakar: present at twenty-seven editions (this is the twenty-eighth), 66 years old, top rider in the 80s and 90s, then always competing as a privateer, on a motorcycle, in a truck or car; Franco Picco accepted the challenge
Twelve stages and eight thousand kilometers characterized of one of the most technical editions of recent times. Sand, majestic dunes, cold weather and a lot of navigation, faced with the determined attitude of those who had to complete the race without uncertainties and always with an eye on the ranking.
Picco’s performance was based on regularity, with a constant positive progression stage after stage until closing the race with the best result, a 70th place of the day, a 72nd place overall at the finish line, 6th in the Veteran Trophy class.
For Fantic this Dakar has been an extraordinary test bench in which the new XEF 450 Rally has shown great consistency, speed and reliability.
The informations we collected are many and will be precious for the development of the new bike that will go into production in mid 2022. #fanticracing