Portuguese Helder Rodrigues, 34 years old, known as ‘Estrelinha’ (little star), is entering his eighth Dakar Rally. Following two podium finishes in a row (2010-2011) and the world rallyraid title in 2011, that concluded an exemplary season resulting in Rodrigues being named Portuguese sportsman of the year in the same country as none other than Cristiano Ronaldo! Helder is best known for his successful participation in the Dakar Rally, although he already possessed a pretty impressive career record before taking on the desert rally raid.
After making his way up through regional and national motocross and Enduro events, Helder won his first Portuguese National Enduro Championship in 1999 and, in the same year, finished second in the European Enduro 250cc class as well as winning an ISDE gold medal. Seven further national Enduro titles would follow, while Helder would also inside of the top 10 at the World Enduro Championships before he made the decision to race Dakar in 2006.
Helder has participated in the Dakar Rally on seven occasions taking six stage wins, two podium finishes and a dominating victory in the world rally-raid title, the 34 year old rider has shown his capabilities, talent and experience that make him one of the legitimate favorites for the Dakar victory. Rodriguez is looking forward to riding the Honda CRF450 Rally for TEAM HRC with full backing from Honda in the chase for the Dakar win.
|1995||Regional Champion of Motocross|
|1999||Overall Enduro National Champion & class 250 / European Vice-Champion of Enduro 250 / Gold Medal on I.S.D.E. & 3rd on Class 125|
|2000||Overall Enduro National Champion & Class 125 / Junior World Champion 125 / Overall Winner of Baja Telecel 1000|
|2001||Overall Enduro National Champion & 250 Class / Overall Winner of Baja Telecel|
|2002||Overall Enduro National Champion & 250 Class / 4th 250 Enduro World Championship / Vice-Champion for Teams (I.S.D.E.)|
|2003||1st Six Day Enduro Class I - I.S.D.E. Brazil / Overall Enduro National Champion|
|2004||Overall Champion Enduro National Championship & Class I|
|2005||Overall Champion Enduro National Championship & Class II|
|2006||Dakar Debut, 9th Dakar General / 2nd Dakar 450 Super Production / Best Rookie / Enduro National Champion 450 4T|
|2007||1st Dakar 450 Super Production / 5th Dakar General|
|2008||Cross-Country World Vice-Champion|
|2009||5th Dakar General|
|2010||4th Dakar General|
|2011||World Champion Cross Country Rallies / 3rd Dakar General / 1st Rally of Morocco|
|2012||3rd Dakar General / 4th in the World Cross country Rally (2nd in Qatar)|
|2013||7th Dakar General|