Francisco Moreno ended in the best way Dakar 2022 in Quads, since he achieved victory in the last stage that ended in Jeddah and also finished second overall behind Alexandre Giroud. The man from Mendoza, in the year of his debut, equaled what Sebastián Halpern did in the 2011 edition and will surely return to win.
He arrived in Arabia with great enthusiasm but knowing that it would be a simple task. He was measured against the best exponents of the category and proved to be up to the task. Day after day he improved his partial performances and all of a sudden he found himself fighting for the podium, something that did not shrink him and he went for more. When he crossed the finish line, knowing what he had achieved, he could not hold back his tears.
“I can’t take it anymore, it took me a long time to get here. I won the stage, I finished second overall, and I can’t be happier. I want to dedicate it to all the people who trusted me. I wanted to get there, I didn’t run out never the kilometers but that’s it, I’m at the finish line,” he said, his voice cracking with emotion.
And he added: “I knew I had an advantage but I didn’t care, I wanted to get there no matter what. And luckily it happened, I thought Medeiros was ahead but it didn’t matter to win the stage, I just wanted to finish the race.” The tupungatino was 2h21m11s behind the winner of the test and on top of that he leaves with a victory under his arm.
At 25 years old and with a lifetime linked to quads, this year he maintained the Argentine leading role in a category that has four champions of that nationality: Marcos Patronelli (2010 and 2013), his Alejandro (2011 and 2012), Nicolás Cavigliasso (2019 ) and Andujar (2021).