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... PLANETE AVENTURE "Luc Pagnon (KTM) - nÂ°13 - "Yesterday evening, during the liaison, I thought of the...
Everyday feelings of those who are not specially famous but who dare the challenge and give a dream for those who stay behind...
"Luc Pagnon (KTM) - n°13 - "Yesterday evening, during the liaison, I thought of the sand pit on the prologue. It's easy to say 'no I wont attack'. When you're there, you go for it. However, I had forgotten that the guy who was riding against me was so fast. I could feel him on my side and I should have taken it easy. Then on the road, I stopped in Vitrolles to say hello to everyone. I then stopped in Salon because I also have friends there. Followed by a quick stop in Pezenas for more friends. So I made it to Narbonne quite late. No wories, it's the beginning of my holidays. It's relaxing compared to all I had to go through to prepare this Dakar. Going across France is always a good moment. I'm discovering the huge possibilities of my bike. The important thing is to be boxing in my own weight category. I believe that I'm only using 60% of the bike's capacities. It brings more safety. And I have my lucky charm: a little elephant that I've had for quite some years and that my children gave me. Sometimes I look at it but not too much because then I think of my children too much. It's more than a lucky charm, it's a joker. Every kilometre done is a kilometre won. Now we'll follow the Mediterranean sea. I can't wait to get toTunisia even if I'm scared of the boat because I get sea-sick. Anyhow, it'll mean sun and heat."
"Philippe Leblanc (KTM) - n°115 - "I rode the special standing up on my bike and waving to the crowd. It was fun. I'm so lucky to be at the start of this rally and so lucky in my life. I have four children and a half, the last one will be born at the end of january. A great wife that follows me in all my projects. Six years ago when I decided to start riding a bike, we sold everything: house, car, etc... and my wife followed me. Last year, when I told her I wanted to ride the Dakar, she once again followed this project. I'm part of the 'Blaireaux' team, not a nice team at all. Between us, it's war. (he laughs) Today for example, our farm 'Blaireau' won. This year, there's something special in the team. We are three, three friends, three ennemy brothers. My goal is to finish. I have a good bike, a good team, good assistance."
"Mauro Israel (Yamaha) - n°127 - "It went really well. The plan was not to fall during the special and the bike is fine. It's important to watch out in order to make it to Africa. Since the start of the race, all I have is happiness: Marseille, Salon, Nimes. We had diner in the Nimes Arenas, it was sensational. And then the arrival in Narbonne with so many people on the sides of the road. It's important to take every day as it comes. There are now 18 days left and around 7500kms. I hope it'll be 7500kms of sand and joy."