Cristian ESPAÑA

Cristian ESPAÑA

GasGas Factory Team

Escaldes-Engordany - Feb 16, 1980

Among his childhood memories, Cristian España always highlights the smell of gasoline that flooded the garage where the motorcycles, quads, and buggies slept together with all kinds of motorised gadgets owned by his father. A passion that the young Cristian inherited and encouraged this policeman by profession, mountain rescuer and at present member of the Andorran special forces, to take his first ride on a motorcycle at the early age of four years.

Since then, the Andorran rider has become one of the most widely recognised faces on the motocross circuits, participating regularly in the Catalonian and Spanish Championships. The rider from Andorra la Vella took a break during his adolescence to focus on his studies and at 18, he returned to his motocross career. In 2003, he changed his speciality and switched to enduro. A discipline that allowed the Andorran rider to enjoy the privileged environment of his country to train and which helped him to become Spanish Champion in 2007.

After a decade in enduro, in which he took part in the World and National Championships, Cristian España found a new incentive for his adventurous spirit in the rally raids. A discipline where, since his debut in Baja Aragón in 2014, he has accumulated experience and kilometers in rallies such as the Oilibya Rally of Morocco, the Sardegna Rally Race or the Desafío Ruta 4. Efforts and dreams that last year were rewarded in the Dakar, crossing the finish line as winner of the Marathon category in Buenos Aires and finishing in 21st place overall.