Administrative and technical scrutineering started at exactly 8 AM, at the Tecnopolis Centre in Buenos Aires, under a cloudy sky. The first competitor to enter the circuit, one of the youngest in the race, is already an old hand…
He was the youngest competitor in the field last year and whilst he passes on this honour for the 2015 edition to Jorge Lacunza, a fellow Argentinean, Jeremias Gonzalez Ferioli is no less a noteworthy personality of the opening to the Dakar's preliminaries: this morning he was the first competitor to start the administrative and technical scrutineering circuit.
The young quad rider, born on 13th December 1995; is even a connoisseur at this exercise: “They make me get up early each time. Already last year I was the first in,” he says with a smile. “Mind you, since I went to bed early yesterday without partying, it's not a problem”.
Impeccable and relaxed, Jeremias boldly displays the fearless ambitions of a young pretender: “I'm going to try and climb onto the final podium,” he announces, aware that the reference in the category is of course Chilean Ignacio Casale. In the meanwhile, Jeremias has a specific goal: “The first stage will be a big party: we'll be finishing in Carlos Paz. It's 30 km from Cordoba where I was born. My family and friends will be there and it will be great to race where I usually train”.