Jacopo Cerutti and Aprilia takes this year’s Africa Eco Race crown

Leading from Day 1, Italian rider, Jacopo Cerutti onboard Aprilia’s Tuareg 660 takes this year’s Africa Eco Race crown (AER). The AER is currently the toughest rally race held in Africa with over 6,000 kilometers of combined off-road routes and stages. The finish line is Dakar, Senegal.

“I had quite a scare today because at the 20th kilometer, there was a bit of a mix-up on a note and I thought my rivals had dropped me. But then I found the track again and it was me who caught Botturi. From that moment on we went on together and I brought the result home. I must compliment my opponents for the fairness they showed throughout the race, it was really an honor to battle with them,” says the 34-year-old Italian rider.

Aprilia Tuareg 660 winner bike of Africa Eco Race 2024 image

Cerutti came in 3rd during Saturday’s penultimate race, with Yamaha’s Pol Tarres claiming victory. Despite this, Cerutti’s lead throughout the race standings was enough for Aprilia to take the overall victory.

“It was a very tense Africa Eco Race for us, leading from the start with Botturi and Tarres putting pressure on us, but we managed it. Thanks also to a great bike: the Tuareg proved itself equal to a demanding marathon like this. I can't wait to celebrate together with the team!” added Cerutti.

Developed by Aprilia Racing with the collaboration of the Guareschi brothers’ GCorse, the Aprilia Tuareg designed for desert racing exploits the great off-road capabilities of the production Tuareg from which it is closely derived. A bike designed for global adventure and which, even in the grueling African environment, has confirmed riding and engine qualities of absolute excellence.

An absolute triumph, in a grueling race over six thousand kilometers long, always led by the Italian team. Cerutti and Tuareg were first in the overall standings for the entire race, right from the first stage. It is an extraordinary result for the Aprilia Tuareg 660 which, at its absolute debut in the great African rallies, thus dominated against bikes and riders of great value, who could boast great experience and preparation on the African tracks.