St. Bruno,QC, January 6, 2013 – ALDO Racing/KTM Canada rider Patrick Beaulé made good on his promise to return to Dakar this year by starting the 2013 Edition of the Dakar Rally Saturday in Lima, Peru. Beaule started the 13km Prologue Stage “Lima – Pisco” in good spirits following a 250 km liaison, and finished in 86th position.
“Today was about settling-in, and making sure the Aldo Racing/KTM Canada 450 Rally Replica is working perfectly – there is little to be gained in time on such a short stage, and much to lose with an error, so today was about just getting into a rhythm”, said Beaulé following the stage.
Racing fans can follow the action with daily updates on Patrick’s Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/PatrickBeauleDakar.
Patrick Beaule is one of Canada’s most accomplished off-road motorcycle endurance racing champions. He holds an impressive list of titles: three Canadian Motorcycle Association (CMA) National Enduro Pro-class titles; one Canadian Enduro Championship (CEC) E1 Pro title; three Off-Road Ontario Provincial Enduro Pro-class titles; and, two prestigious International Six-Days Enduro (ISDE ) silver medals (Chile and New Zealand). In addition to these titles, Beaule has also won the infamous Corduroy Enduro in the Pro-class four times, was 3 times team Pro-class 12-hour endurance event winner in Quebec, and twice Pro-class 24-hour endurace ice-race team winner in Alberta. He is a finisher of the grueling DAKAR rally in 2012, and the 1st ever finishing automotive-class navigator in Canadian history.