Dakar: Day 9 "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... Olivier Paul - MOTO PAUL RACING - 082 Olivier Paul or How To Make Things Harder...

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...

Olivier Paul - MOTO PAUL RACING - 082

Olivier Paul or How To Make Things Harder !

This guy is looking for trouble... and found it ! A few weeks before starting his first Dakar, Olivier Paul pulled ligaments of his left knee. He goes to the doctor who tells him that he will need surgery and 6 months to recover. His childhood dream fades away. "It was out of the question to give up. I had invested too much in time, energy and money. I told myself that anyhow there were no more ligaments. Lets go crazy !"

The risk was to suffer a great deal for a very long time. And that's what happened so far for this bike teacher. "I have pain from start to finish. I know that it's a question of will power but I didn't know it would be so hard. Every morning, I take off in the morning thinking that I'll never make it, and that I'll spend the night in the dunes. In the stage between Tan Tan and Atar, I kept on losing myself and falling. I even went through the finish line without knowing."

Despite all these difficulties, every single day, Olivier Paul can be proud of still being in a competition that number of experienced riders have quit. "Because of my job, I know how to ride well. So I know how to avoid problems." Olivier Paul, Honda n°82

Alain Raynal - PARAY AVENTURE - 288

A Duo of Experience

Both have a 20 Dakar experience, but this time they decided to compete together for the first time. Alain Raynal and Jean-Marc Thome both knew Thierry Sabine, the Marreau brothers and Cyril Neveu. They however met each other for the first time this year during the Tunisia rally. "We have a common friend who took care of our assistance. We both had a car but neither of us had a co-pilot for this Dakar. We immediately had a good feeling and decided to meet each other again to prepare the Dakar".

The two decided to share the driving and take turns every day at the steering wheel. "But Alain is a far better navigator than I am. He impressed me in the stage between Atar and Tidjikja, says Jean-Marc. "Maybe, but Jean-Marc is a faster driver and stays calm a lot more", adds Alain. Despite not knowing each other well, they're already a dynamic duo. Both have the same point of view: "The Dakar gives us oxygen. The most important thing is to be here. We have no pressure."

Their experience on the rally gives a good idea of how difficult this one is. "It's a good rally, typically "dakarian" but the stages are too long. Take for example yesterday's between Atar and Tidjikja, it was supposed to be a transition stage. Well only 4 or 5 cars made it before night. And rest time is too sort". Alain insists: "Last year, people were complaining because the difficulties could be counted on the fingers of a hand. It looks like the organisation wanted to make it harder. Yesterday's stage was full of navigation. A lot of indications were not on the road book. Isn't that strange?"

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Series Dakar
Drivers Jean-Marc Thome