Ignacio Casale is a quad bike racer and has won the quad bike category of the Dakar Rally not once, but twice!
Following his success, he moved towards the UTV category after the second victory in 2018.
Being from Santiago, Chile, not much is known about Ignacio in the English-speaking world. Fortunately, we decided to put some research together and highlight the achievements of this competitive racer.
Ignacio start out riding motorcycles at a very early age. His parents were very much in favor of him developing his skills and swapping the school books for the race track.
In fact, he’s the son of Francisco Casale. His dad competed in numerous events during his professional career including the Jeep Fun Race in Chile through the 80’s and 90’s.
Into his adult life, Ignacio joined his father by becoming his co-driver in the Dakar Rally, debuting in 2010. They competed in the Trucks category and finished in the 26th position.
This lead to Ignacio deciding to go solo in 2011 by entering in the motorcycle division. After all, he earned a wild card place due to his navigational skills in the truck.
Ignacio has won numerous awards and the first Chilean to have done so in the history of the Dakar. This is mostly his performance on his ATV in the four-wheeler category.
After several years, he took the 1st place win in 2014 after riding for 2 weeks straight and 5,000 miles through the South American deserts. He even took 1st place in 7 out of the 13 stages.
He came back again in 2015 to defend his title. Unfortunately, he had to retire early due to mechanical problems at Stage 10 in the race. He had won 3 stages by this stage and was in the lead to win. It wouldn’t be until 2018 when he would finally win another title.
Fast-forward to 2020 and in the UTV division with AMerico Aliaga, they together won the 2020 Dakar Rally in fine form.
It’s refreshing to see someone try various methods in which to experience the rally. Most competitors just stick to one class type but Ignacio seems to have tried them all.
One thing is for sure: He’s seriously tough and we look forward to seeing him take more podium finishes in this decade. His career certainly isn’t finished yet.