MY DAKAR Everyday feelings of those who are not specially famous but who dare the challenge and give a dream for those who stay behind... AG MOTORS "Eric Alimi (KTM) N66 - "I'm 37 years old and I live in Perpignan. I'm married and I have a six...
Everyday feelings of those who are not specially famous but who dare the challenge and give a dream for those who stay behind...
"Eric Alimi (KTM) N66 - "I'm 37 years old and I live in Perpignan. I'm married and I have a six year old daughter. It's my first Dakar, my first rally. I'm an enduro specialist. When I decided to start the Dakar it was completely new for me. The few things we might see on TV have nothing to do with the real Dakar. It's completely different. It isn't only tough physically and mentally, it's also a lot of work on the bike, at least for privateers. Psychologically it's hard. You think of your family. At 37 of age, I started crying like a baby. It's difficult. But we adapt to each difficulty. For a first experience I think I'm adapting quite well. I go at my own pace and I'm not in the last positions. I'm in the top 100 places. It's the first time I see dunes. Finally, I have a good bike that allowed me to go through the tough crossings. Until now! Once at the bivouac we check the bike and clean it. It's exhausting. Often in the evening there are no showers. That's ennoying especially after a long day."
"Paul Cabibbo (Yamaha) N133 - "It's the second time I come on the Dakar. The second time I fail to make it to the end. I've had a lot of bad luck in the past few days. I went over the bike while trying to overtake a car. I hurt my nose. The day before, I also went over the bike and hit my chest on the handle bars. I have a huge bruise. That's a lot in just two days. I didn't quit because of these injuries. I have another reason. Yesterday, we had trouble in the dunes with another competitor and were caught by the dark. At 19h30, we were 15kms away from the end of the special and we were forced to quit. We couldn't see anything. Every 10 metres we would fall. By nature, I'm a bit of an adventurer. I like taking risks. I've been a bike fanatic ever since my young years. All that is a good mix to do the Dakar. I wasn't scared of going to the Dakar. If I had been, I wouldn't have come. I think it's the will to discover new things. The only regrets I might have is not having followed the lights of a truck to make it to the bivouac. But by then, I was soaking with sweat and my clothes were completely wet. I was freezing. The guy I was with had decided to stop. I didn't want to risk crossing the dunes alone in the middle of the night. Whatever! No regrets! I really enjoyed the first three quarters of the stage. Yesterday night I swore to myself I would never come back on the Dakar. But those who know me, know that it'll take something tougher to stop me."
LYONS DU DESERT
"Nicolas Etard (Yamaha) N175 - "I'm 28 years old and it's my second Dakar. I'm doing it on a quad bike. On sand it's true that a quad is easier to drive than a normal bike. On the other hand, on harder surfaces, it can easily be damaged. Today like tomorrow, there are no easy stages. It's an adventure every day. Luck is a key factor on the race. On a 200, 400 or 800km stage, you're never sure to make it to the bivouac in the evening. Passion is what pushes us to do the Dakar. It's like a virus. It's a real family. We live amazing moments and that's the most important thing. My goal is still the same: to make it to Sharm El Sheikh."