Actively showing his passion for motorsports, Yamaha Motor Europe Chief Operating Officer Eric de Seynes will race Yamaha’s all-new YXZ1000R side-by-side machine along with six-time Cross-Country Rallies World Champion Camelia Liparoti at the 2016 edition of the Sardinia Rally.Kicking off Thursday, 3rd June, 2016 y in Budoni, this ninth edition of the Sardinia Rally will allow Eric de Seynes to enjoy a first taste of rally competition. Heavily involved with street bike racing as a racer and later as a team manager, the 2016 Sardinia rally will mark Mr. de Seynes’ first participation at a multi-day rally event – one that features numerous long, offroad stages and challenging navigation.
Co-piloting the all-new limited edition Yamaha YXZ1000R Silver Max side-by-side vehicle in Sardinia next to Eric de Seynes will be seven-time Dakar finisher Camelia Liparoti. Looking to use her considerable experience in rally racing, Liparoti will be assigned with the task of navigator. Due to his demanding work schedule Mr. de Seynes will contest the first two stages of the event, with Camelia Liparoti going on to take the YXZ1000R machine to the finish line of the Sardinia Rally 2016.
Starting with a 2 km Prologue today, the 2016 edition of the Sardinia Rally will see participants set off for a five-stage adventure of more than 1,300 kilometres in the coastline and the mountains of Sardinia.
Camelia Liparoti – Sardinia Rally 2016 Camelia Liparoti – Yamaha Fast & Safe Racing“I’ve been racing rallies for so many years so now I feel it’s a great honour I have the chance to race the Sardinia Rally next to Eric de Seynes. I believe this event in particular is the perfect opportunity for him to get a first taste of rally competition. We tested our YXZ1000R before the race and the feeling is great. Eric also had the chance to make some final adjustments so now we’re 100% ready to start with today’s Prologue. Everything’s going good so far and we’re both looking forward to this adventure. Eric will contest the first two stages of the race and then I will take over and compete, until the end.”