Scrutineering is complete. We are officially an entrant in the 2013 Dakar!
“I am happy and relieved” noted Don after the seven hour task of getting himself, his gear, and the Husqvarna motorcycle through all the various technical inspections. He had no doubts about the quality of the bike built by his teammate and legendary Dakar racer Simon Pavey. Anytime you are dealing with a large international governing body, in a foreign language (in this case French), interpretations of regulations can sometimes be difficult, but in this case everything went as planned.
Don test road the Husqvarna TE 449 rally bike in the past couple of days, setting up the suspension and getting to know the bike. “It rides just like a normal dirt bike, not like a heavily laden rally bike like the old KTM 690 was. Which is a good thing because the sand dunes are endless, with the softest sand we have seen since racing in Dubai in 2009!” Don says.
As the bike and gear are now sequestered in the Parc Ferme till the beginning of the race the team has a day off to see some of Lima and get together with some of their fellow Dakar racers. The talk in the bivouac is of the first few days of endless stages of sand, elevation in excess of 3,000 meters and the grueling pace set by the organizers.
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