Three MM Technology race trucks, led by factory car Cenda and pilot Martin Macik Jr., successfully represented Baja Aragon. Martin Macik Jr. won the prologue and two Saturday special stages to take the final second place in the race, with Firemen Dakar Team’s Richard De Groot and Ruhrtal Racing’s Florian Skibba finishing third and fourth. The next race for MM Technology will be Baja Poland in August and then the Rallye du Maroc.
The trucks from MM Technology were in the TOP4 of the race
All MM Technology race trucks placed in the TOP4 of the overall race standings at Baja Aragon 2023. In competition with seven other trucks, they demonstrated their quality and their crews also sense of fair play during the race itself.
“I’m happy that all the trucks from MM Technology placed at the top of the race. But I was even more pleased that we were able to work together as teams and help each other out on the track,” said Martin Macik Jr., who praised the cooperation of the MM Technology, Ruhrtal Racing and Firemen Dakar Team crews during the race.
Martin Macik Jr. won two special stages and finished second
The factory truck Cenda with pilot Martin Macik Jr. crossed the finish line of Baja Aragon in the second fastest time. Cenda was making up for the second part of the race by making up for a wobble during Friday stage, in which he was 17 minutes behind the race leader after winning the prologue.
On Saturday Cenda won both stages from Banon to Celadas and the shortened final stage. He crossed the finish line in the second fastest time just four minutes behind the winning Javier Mariezcurrena.
“We all really enjoyed the race and Cenda was fantastically prepared. He handled the demanding course in the extreme heat with ease and only the loss from Friday part of the program prevented us from winning. But we take only the best from the race and we gained more important experience for the next races”, commented Martin Macik Jr.
This year Baja Aragon was held in the vicinity of the Spanish town of Teurel and took place in enormous conditions in high heat, the organizers also had to shorten two of the three stages. “The race route was very demanding and it was necessary to concentrate every second on what was happening on and around the course. The race is famous for its narrow tracks and sharp turns, and this year it was exactly like that,” said navigator Frantisek Tomasek, who described this year legendary Spanish rally.
“We were able to try out some of the things from the testing in Tunisia in a sharp race and the new chassis set-up on the Cenda met our expectations. At the same time, there was not any fault on the car during the race, but the high temperature outside was of course a strain on the equipment. Overall Cenda worked great and we are satisfied with its performance,” said MM Technology mechanic David Svanda, who evaluated the technical aspect of the factory car.
The next planned race for MM Technology is Baja Poland in August, and the team from Sedlcany will finish the season at the Rallye du Maroc in October.
“But already on 5th August fans can meet us in Sedlcanska kotlina at the event for the whole family: The Posedli Dakarem Open Air. We’ll take Cenda there, show him off to visitors and of course we will add lots of stories and experiences from the Spanish rally,” invites Martin Macik Jr. to another chance to meet Cenda and the entire MM Technology team.