Dakar: Day 2 "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... Thierry Hupin - M.D RALLYE SPORT - 195 Hupin's Mission : Impossible ! The challenge...

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...

Thierry Hupin - M.D RALLYE SPORT - 195

Hupin's Mission : Impossible !

The challenge could have been a perfect episode of the " Mission impossible " TV series : to make it to Dakar on the 18th of January on a bike after getting a driving license on the 12th of December.

No... Thierry Hupin is not crazy, just a bit of a gambler. This 41-year-old rider took off on the Telefonica Dakar for the very first time on a KTM 650CC bike with a license he only got two weeks ago and no experience on two wheels. "I lost too much time. I thought it would be easier".

Of course, one doesn't become a rally-raid biker just like that. Thierry experienced that during the prologue in Auvergne when he really discovered the machine that he is supposed to take all the way to Dakar. The 1.5km bumpy track, under snow was to be his baptism of fire. "I even chocked in the middle of the special. It was tougher than I thought. But the important thing was not to fall after the first turn so I took it easily. I have to learn.

Despite all this, "super newcomer" was far from ridiculous. Of course, it took Hupin 2min 40s to complete the prologue but with his 181st position, he finishes ahead of 14 other riders, including two who had already finished the rally in good position. If this stage went without worries, the biker remains extremely cautious and heads for the upcoming stages with as much modesty as possible. "I only rode 1.5kms. I still have 11 000 to go and I don't know if I'll make it. All I know is that I'll give everything to go as far as possible.

Daniel Nebot - LES PHARAONS DE THAU - 300

For Bruno Cauvy !

Daniel Nébot had created with his friend Bruno Cauvy the "Pharaons de Thau" team for a same shared dream : to drive the Dakar rally. At the time Cauvy explained, "when Daniel asked me to go for such an adventure, I never hesitated because I wanted to do it for his son who tragically died the previous year". Dramatically, he never went to the end of his dream, stopped by an accident during stage 11. The death of his co-pilot devastated Daniel Nébot.

If he has decided to start this year's event, it is for his friend. This father of four is back in the adventure to "finish what he had started" with Bruno Cauvy and to finish it "like he would have wanted".

Naturally, his first steps in the Grande Halle d'Auvergne scrutineering hall were very emotional. "Scrutineering was surprisingly harder to live than the prologue. I was just too concentrated driving during the prologue. I couldn't help crying, especially when the speaker interviewed me on the podium. The memories come back to mind.

He also explains that the presence of his co-pilot Philippe Paulhan helps him stay focused, and comforts him a lot. "He takes care of me. It's a good thing he's at my side.

Paulhan met Bruno in 2003 during the preparation of his car. He remains astonished by the mental strength of his pilot : "Daniel is a fighter. He couldn't live with this failure. I believe that doing the Dakar again is a good way to exorcise his fears. He's amazing.

The final word is for the driver himself : "the absence of Bruno is dramatic, but I know he will have an eye on us... from where he is !

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Series Dakar
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