Dakar 2020 - Stage 9 - Portrait of the day - Jamie McCanney

Jamie McCanney is gearing up for a serious baptism of fire at Dakar 2020. The talented British rider has been starring for many years in enduro, but only followed Yamaha into rally raid earlier this year. Having grown up on the Isle of Man -home of the famous annual Tourist Trophy- Jamie discovered bikes at an early age, following in the footsteps of his older brother Daniel by competing in, and winning, the British motocross championship. He switched to enduro in 2012 and wasted no time in becoming a standout performer, despite a couple of injury setbacks along the way. After winning the FIM Youth Cup title in 2013, he enjoyed a stellar 2015, securing the enduro junior world championship and British enduro championship titles -not bad for a 21-year-old! Since being promoted to the seniors in 2016, Jamie has been part of the official Yamaha setup -and with the Japanese giants choosing to pull out of enduro in late 2018 to focus on other disciplines, notably rally raid, the 25-year-old finds himself preparing for a leap into the unknown. Happily, he will be able to rely on his experienced teammates -elite riders Adrien Van Beveren, Xavier de Soultrait and Franco Caimi- to guide him through this maiden foray into the world of rally raid, where he'll be tackling the toughest event the sport has to offer.


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