Dakar 2023 Bike Acceptances Arrive For Amateur Newcomers – The Checkered Flag | Gmx Pharm

That Dakar Rally is the ultimate challenge for many rally raid participants, and in the past week many of them have come a step closer to their dreams Amaury Sports Organization (ASO) sent letters of acceptance to those they deemed worthy to participate in the 2023 edition. Along with returning faces and defending winners, many amateur drivers will be given the chance to take part in the rally for the first time.

Unlike their four-wheeled counterparts, bicycle and quad riders are admitted through a selection process that involves completing a questionnaire detailing their participation FIM-Sanctioned world championships and races that fall under the Road to Dakar Banner and a dossier on himself. Such files were supposed to be submitted by July 22, and a week later the letters of approval for amateurs began to be sent out. In the course of increasing safety and the resulting difficulties in qualifying, ASO and FIM came together in July and agreed “Only allow experienced riders to participate”.

A variety of drivers who received the letters are newcomers, including such as Tomás de Gavardo who wants to pass on the family legacy to those with experience Rally Raid World Championship events like Mathieu Troqueer and Fabio Lottero.

Gavardo is the son of the deceased Carlo de Gavardo, the first Dakar rider from Chile and multiple national enduro champion, finishing third overall at the 2001 edition. The younger Gavardo will be racing BAS world, the Dutch branch of the KTM factory program. He won the 2019 FIM Junior Bajas World Cup.

“I am very pleased to announce my participation in the Dakar 2023”, said Gavardo El Deportivo. “Recently, the OSA announced that it would reduce the quota for enrolled students. I was a bit scared that I wouldn’t be accepted but I can already confirm that I will be in Arabia at the end of this year to race my first Dakar at the age of 23. It’s a dream, I’m super happy and super grateful for the opportunity I’m being given.

“It’s super exciting that the de Gavardo surname is returning to the Dakar after many years.”

On the opposite continent of America are riders from the United States who will be competing at the Dakar for the first time Ace Nilson and Paul Neffwho finished second and first respectively in the enduro class at the 2021 Yokohama Sonora Rally in Mexico.

Nilson had been training for the Dakar Rally for the past four years. Adept at motocross and desert racing, the latter made his SCORE International Baja 1000 crewing debut in 2008 before teaming up with Dean Selph the following year and finishing fifth in Class 30. In 2011 he and his team were part of a clean win for the Class 22 as all 12 competitors completed the race. Outside of racing, he runs High Desert Adventures, which organizes non-adventurous motorcycle rides in his native Oregon and in Baja California.

Like Gavardo, he is a KTM rider he will race for DUUST Rally Teama Poland-based company affiliated with KTM and Red Bull.

“On Friday July 29th at 01:16 am I received a text message from the team manager of DUUST CO Philip Dabrowski which read: “Congratulations!! You will be included in the list for the Dakar 2023’” Nilson wrote in a statement posted online on Sunday. “Molly first saw the news as she was getting ready to go to work at around 6:15am. We were both shocked as I wasn’t expecting it until the end of August. I texted him back “seriously”? He has confirmed.

“Official confirmation would come at 06:30 from Dakar official email. […] I spent the rest of the day concentrating on work, but it was a less than productive day!”

Neff is an enduro veteran who owns Cispus Cycles Off-Road Training in Washington. He will compete in the Dakar’s Original by Motul class along with their team American rally originalswhich also consists of Dakar rookies Morrison Hart and David and Jim Pearsonas well as 2020 racers Kyle McCoy. The Pearson brothers have competed in SCORE and Best in the Desert, with David winning the 2009 Vegas to Reno and now working as ARO team managers. Hart was previously a member of the United States Sailing Team and is currently ARO’s Senior Navigator. McCoy, a former intelligence officer with the US Army’s 75th Ranger Regiment who served in Afghanistan in the early 2000s, finished in the top ten rookies at the 2020 rally. In March he competed in the W2RC Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge, finishing twenty-sixth overall and fourteenth in Rally 2.

“It’s like choosing to ride the Iditarod instead of taking a dog sled.” David Pearson said of the Original by Motul class, a bike and quad division where competitors have no help other than very limited spares, some gear and standard race information.

“The news finally broke. The entire American Rally Originals group goes to the Dakar in 2023”, explained the team. “We cannot take this opportunity to thank you all for the support that has allowed us to get this far. It’s a long road, and with all of your help, we’re going to break some American records.

Photo credit: American Rally Originals

A former motocross and downhill biker, Troquier’s Dakar dream began in his youth when the event started in his native France, and he took his first steps towards his 2021 goals when he led the Rallye du Maroc. The Moroccan Rally Raid, the penultimate and upcoming round of the W2RC, is a road-to-Dakar race where amateurs can qualify for the Dakar based on their performance. He will represent the French KTM team nomad race.

Lottero raced against Troquier in Morocco, also in the Rally 2 class. Although hails from Bordighera in Italy, the ex-cyclist/enduro rider flies the Ibizan flag, having lived there for over a decade. Team up with him ClubAventura Touareg is Fernando Dominguezwhose Dakar debut took place in 2020.

“It’s been a dream of mine to drive in the Dakar Rally since I was a kid.” Lottero said in an interview with Diary of Ibiza in July. “When I was very young, only eight years old, I used to get up in the early hours to watch the Eurosport racing highlights when most of my friends at that age didn’t even know what rallying was. ”

He wrote on social media about his assumption that “Two years ago it seemed almost impossible when we really embarked on this adventure. Find the budget first, work hard, train, then they dropped the spots from 150 bikes last year to 100 this year. 30 professional pilots, 30/40 semi-professionals, there are still 30 places for hundreds of amateur pilots from all over the world… wow, here we are!!! I still can not believe it.”

Although they are virtually guaranteed a spot on the grid, drivers still have to make the journey to the race and receive final approval at scrutineering. In the letter of admission from the ASO it even says in bold: “We would like to draw your attention to the fact that your final entry and thus your actual participation in the next Dakar will only be confirmed after you have successfully passed the technical and administrative controls. Once this stage is complete, we look forward to seeing you at the start line.”

Of course, without money it will be difficult to come to Saudi Arabia. American Rally Originals and Nilson both started GoFundMes, with donors of at least $500 receiving a team jacket. At Nilson’s fundraiser, sending at least $2,500 earns a signed jersey and photo, while $5,000 or more rewards a signed jersey and helmet. At the time of writing, ARO’s GoFundMe has raised $6,045 of the $67,000 goal, while Nilson’s has raised $2,450 of the $75,000.

“It takes a lot of preparation, training and financial support to attend an event of this magnitude and see it through.” continues Nilson’s latest GFM update. “I have never been one to ask for money to support my racing hobby, but this is one that cannot be accomplished without the support of many.

“Thank you from the bottom of my heart to everyone who has already contributed. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate it!”

Gavardo added, “While missing the most important thing, which is being able to fund the entire Dakar, being able to be there is super satisfying and I will do whatever it takes to be on the starting line. I will be with everything that takes place.”

The 2023 Dakar Rally is scheduled for December 31, 2022 to January 15. Those in the Dakar classican accompanying event that focused on navigation rather than speed and time also got its go-ahead around the same time as the rally drivers.

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