Helder Rodrigues

Date of Birth 28th February 1979
Birthplace Lisbon, Portugal
Residence Sintra, Portugal
Height 178 cm
Weight 75 kg
Hobbies Gym, Bike, Disco
Helder Rodrigues

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 Cristi ano 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 6 stage wins, 2 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 CRF 450 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

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