Ignacio Casale

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Ignacio Casale
Premiación del Rally Dakar 2013 (8399314392) (cropped).jpg
Chilean rider Ignacio Casale
Born (1987-04-27) 27 April 1987 (age 32)
Santiago, Chile
Dakar Rally career
Debut season2010
Current teamYamaha
Car no.361
Wins2 (Quads)

Ignacio Nicolás Casale Catraccia (born 27 April 1987 in Santiago, Chile) is a four-wheeler motorcycle rider who won two times in the quad bike category of Dakar Rally. He moved to the UTV category after his second victory on the Dakar Rally in 2018.


Ignacio is the son of Francisco Casale, an off-roader competing in the Jeep Fun Race in Chile in the 1980s and 1990s, and Mónica Catracchia. He shares the love of motorsport from his father and uncle, beginning to race in motocross competitions and race as the co-driver for his father in the Dakar Rally.

Ignacio Casale at the 2013 Dakar Rally awards ceremony

Dakar Rally career[edit]

Ignacio Casale 2014 Dakar Rally

Casale took part in the 2010 Dakar Rally with his father, competing in the Trucks category. They finished in 26th place, earning Casale a wild card place in the 2011 Dakar Rally, where he finished 40th in the motorcycle category. The following year he competed in the four-wheeler category and finished in fourth place, the highest ranked Chilean rider.[1] In the 2013 Dakar Rally he won the seventh stage, becoming the first Chilean to win a stage in the Four-Wheeler category. He went to come second overall, behind Marcos Patronelli, the best result achieved by any Chilean in the history of the Dakar Rally.[2]

In 2014, after 14 days and 5,000 miles of riding through the Argentinean and Chilean Andes, Bolivian salt plains and the Atacama desert, Casale won his first Dakar victory.[3]

Casale performed well throughout the 2014 Dakar Rally,[4] finishing first in seven of the 13 stages (stages 1, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12 and 13) and holding the overall number one spot from stage 7 through to the end.

Casale later meet Chilean president Sebastián Piñera at La Moneda Palace in Santiago. He has told the media that he intends to defend his Quad title at the 2015 Dakar Rally.[5]

In the 2015 Dakar Rally he retired in stage 10 due to a mechanical problem after winning 3 stages and being the leader of the general classification of the first two stages and the eighth stage. He would then retire in the 6th stage of 2016 Dakar Rally due to an accident. The 2017 Dakar Rally saw a return to form with a runner-up finish and two stage wins in the quad category. He would then win his second Dakar title in the quad category of the 2018 Dakar Rally.[6]

He began racing in the UTV category since his run at the 2018 Atacama Rally in Chile.[7] In the 2019 Dakar Rally, he moved to the UTV category and will race with Americo Aliaga as his co-driver.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Ignacio Casale cumplió la mejor actuación chilena en el Dakar 2012 cooperativa.cl January 15, 2012 retrieved January 20, 2013
  2. ^ {es}Ignacio Casale se alzó con un histórico segundo lugar en Quads Archived 2014-01-10 at the Wayback Machine La Nación, January 19, 2013, retrieved January 19, 2013
  3. ^ Ignacio Casale claims Chile’s first Dakar triumph santiagotimes.cl/ By Joseph Hinchliffe, published Sat, Jan 18th, 2014, retrieved on February 5th, 2014
  4. ^ Ignacio Casale: “I made a spotless route” {es} 24Horas.cl with information of IND, January 08, 2014, retrieved January 09, 2014
  5. ^ Minuto a Minuto del Rally Dakar 2014: Ignacio Casale es el primer campeón chileno del Dakar emol.com January 14, 2014, retrieved February 05, 2014
  6. ^ "Dakar Rally 2018 RESULTS: Final Overall Results QUADS/ATV 2018". January 22, 2018. Retrieved January 11, 2019.
  7. ^ "Ignacio Casale listo para debutar en el Atacama Rally 2018 con su UTV Yamaha". El Faro Deportivo. August 13, 2018. Retrieved January 11, 2019.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Marcos Patronelli
Dakar Rally
Quad Winner

Succeeded by
Rafał Sonik
Preceded by
Sergey Karyakin
Dakar Rally
Quad Winner

Succeeded by
Nicolás Cavigliasso