Dakar: Day 16 "My Dakar" statements

Be A part of the Legend Everyday feelings of those who are not specially famous but who dare the challenge and give a dream for those who stay behind... Miran Stanovnik - SLOVENIAN ARMY - 030 The Dakar With One Eye Just listening to Miran...

Be A part of the Legend
Everyday feelings of those who are not specially famous but who dare the challenge and give a dream for those who stay behind...

Miran Stanovnik - SLOVENIAN ARMY - 030

The Dakar With One Eye

Just listening to Miran Stanovnic's story after stage 14, proves that the Slovenian army has strong men. The crash the 'Captain' had between Bamako and Ayoun El Atrouss would have forced quite a few to retire. Explanation : "I was riding fast on the very narrow section, focusing on the track when a cow came out of nowhere. I couldn't avoid it, crashed and its horn when straight under my eye, through the goggles. There was blood everywhere : my eye, my nose, my whole face, the goggles, my face, my pants, my bike. I didn't want to look at myself in the mirror".

Despite all these troubles, Stanovnic was courageous enough to get back on the bike, finish the stage and start the next one. "I carried on the following 200kms with no goggles and one eye that couldn't see. Today, I mainly used one eye and of course I couldn't see a lot. It's difficult to see how deep a hole is and evaluate the distances. I finished 17th, with one eye".

To this excellent place in the special, he was also awarded the Total price. The 'Gentleman' immediately decided to give the 1000€ award to a charity fund. With one eye, but most of all with a serious wrist injury, the Slovenian only thinks of one thing. "I'll try to reach Dakar. A lot of people in Slovenia are crossing their fingers for me. I even received 120 e-mails. People back home watch me on TV and check my website. Nine years ago, maybe 10% of the population knew what the Dakar was. It made things very difficult to find sponsors. Now with me on the race, everybody knows the rally. I even have support from the Slovenian army."

Jacques Lichtensteiger - PAM BATIM - 067

A Saturday Night... Not Like The Others

On the 20th of December last year, Jacques Lichtensteiger was probably still planning how to celebrate Christmas and the new year. Until he received a phone call at 21h00 that made his childhood dream come true. "I just broke my arm, can you do the Dakar in my place ?" asked his friend and business partner Jean-Marie Duval.

First of all sad for his friend, Jacques was immediately forced to take a quick decision. "I had to answer straight away because Jean-Paul (Higy, n°68), with whom Jean-Marie was doing the rally, didn't want to leave on his own. I didn't think and said 'yes'"

In a week's time, Jacques prepared for the race while others take months. Despite having been an enduro rider in the past, he hadn't been on a bike in two years. 30kms of preparation later and he was heading for the Grande Halle d'Auvergne and the official start to the Dakar. "It was hard to imagine signing all these autographs and shaking hundreds of hands. It carried on in Castellon. All the hands that I hit gave me energy that helps me carry on now."

Less than 1000kms to go and Jacques is still in the rally. His team mate Jean-Paul was forced to retire after the Tan Tan-Atar stage. "It's hard to continue without him. We rode together for all the rally. He's the one to have taught me how to ride in sand."

If this surprise survivor is still in the race on the Tidjikja bivouac, it's certainly due to his spirit. "I give absolutely no importance to the overall. Everything I do is based on security. I actually only had one small fall at 60km/h."

Jacques is also the kind to leave late deliberately, despite the penalties, just to be able to rest more. "I didn't think I would be able to recover so quickly or for example to stay on my bike for 25 hours. The evening I'm exhausted but the next morning I'm in top shape. I can't believe it. I even wouldn't mind if it carried on for another week."

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Series Dakar
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