My name is Benjamin Melot, I am 30 years old, born March 6, 1989. Originally from Lons le Saunier, in the Jura, I like to go back to my native region, and enjoy this fabulous landscape. I entered the world of Rally Raid in 2010, as a mechanic for the best drivers in the discipline, within the Factory KTM Red Bull team.
I am now an amateur rally-raid pilot, and 2019 Bajas World Champion!
The Dakar has always been a dream for me.
After I had the opportunity to participate as a technician, I immediately thought that I would one day do the Dakar as a pilot.
So I took advantage of all these years to accumulate experience and maturity to tackle this adventure in the best conditions.
I learned a lot from being around the best riders in the world!
After a 2018 Dakar cut short due to a mechanical breakdown during the 8th stage, I took the start of the 2019 edition more motivated than ever! I finished 21st and first French! Unbelievable!
In 2020, I wanted to start again, but in the "Original by Motul" category, that is to say, without assistance, without mechanic.
I would manage everything on my own!
I want to thank all my partners and friends who made my dream come true!
2nd Dakar 2021, Original by Motul Category
World cup winner 2019
21st Dakar 2019 (2nd French)
Abandon of Dakar 2018 (mechanical failure)
10th Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge 2018 (1st amateur)
30th Rally of Sardinia 2015 (1st rallye)
Debut in Enduro in 2011