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Red Bull Desert Wings: Jordi Viladoms

Published: 26 December 2014

As a child, Jordi Viladoms was a four-time champion of Spain at cyclocross. At 12, he turned his talents to motocross, and again showed great potential. The versatile Viladoms was also adept at in enduro and spent much of the early part of his career racing in both formats. He took part in the ISDE (International Six Day Enduro) six times, winning bronze for Spain.

In 2006 he turned to rally raids, competing as a back-up rider for Marc Coma with the Repsol KTM Team. He and Coma took on four consectuve Dakar Rallies until Vialdoms signed with Yamaha, finishing tenth that same year. In 2012 he led the Bordone Ferrari Team and was able to finish fourth overall in the Dakar.

That year he was also runner-up in the Raids World Championship, winning the Sardinia Rally in the process. After the Bordone Ferrari Team was dismantled, Jordi had to look up for new options. Finally he got a Husqvarna, just like the Speedbrain Team, and the help of Tamarugal. Mechanical problems forced him to retire from the Dakar 2013 while he was racing with the leaders.

In November 2013, Kurt Caselli was killed racing in the Score Baja 1000, this tragedy was a very tough moment for the Austrian company and the Raids World community as a whole. The Red Bull KTM Factory Team recruited Viladoms to partner Coma at the Dakar in January 2014. He rode with great consistency to finish second overall, just behind Coma. KTM has rewarded the Spaniard extending his contract in the Factory Team.

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