The President saw a video of the latest Dakar Rally. The team members presented the President with a replica of the first prize of the race and a model of the KAMAZ truck used in the rally.
The Russian KAMAZ-Master team led by Eduard Nikolayev won the Dakar Rally’s truck division. The other Russian crew led by Airat Mardeyev took the bronze. This is the KAMAZ-Master’s 15th victory in this race.
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President of Russia Vladimir Putin: I would like to congratulate all of you.
This is a unique achievement; there is no other way to put it. Dakar is never easy. And everyone who understands what it’s like holds their breath as they follow your fight for the victory. In addition to this hard work, it is also dangerous. The fact that you have won 15 times is an incredible result, a unique achievement; it also illustrates your teamwork.
Of course, the drivers, most likely, play the essential role, but, nevertheless, the result would not have been the same without the equipment maintenance, without the technicians and without the teamwork. This also says a lot about the company that produces the equipment and about the general level of the team.
I wish you all the best. I would like to see you succeed again. I hope it will come true.
Remark: Thank you, Mr President!