The Dakar Rally 2013 Started on the 5th of January 2013 in Lima, Peru, South America. Earlier this year we recorded an interview with Riaan van Niekerk and Darryl Curtis at the Johannesburg Motorcycle Show 2012. Both Riaan van Niekerk and Darryl Curtis will ride in the Dakar for South Africa and KTM Motorcycles beeing sponsored by Broadlink, MTN, Emperors Palace, Grindrod Logistics, Leader Tread and KTM.
In the video above Riaan van Niekerk and Darrel Curtis talks about the Dakar 2013 race and what they expect from the race. In retrospect it is interesting to watch the video as these Dakar riders takes on the toughest rally in the world.
It is Riaan van Niekerk’s first Dakar Rally under the guidance of Darrel Curtis.
About Riaan van Niekerk DAKAR Rider
Riaan van Niekerk was born on December 8, 2012 in South Africa, he like Mountain Biking, Adventure Riding and Wildlife. He is extremely passionate about motorcycle racing and have proven to be a competitive rider.
Riaan van Niekerk 10 time South Africa Offroad Champion
6 Times South Africa Enduro Champion
Two Times Overall South African Offroad Champion.
Racing in the Dakar has always been a life long dream for Riaan van Niekerk and from an early age he have watched legends like Kinigadner, Peterhansel and Sala race through the deserts of Africa in the DAKAR and wanted to compete in the Dakar himself.
Riaan van Niekerk in Position 15 on first day of Dakar 2013
After the first day of the Dakar 2013 Riaan van Niekerk is currently in position no 15 and it looks like he is going to have the race of his life, and hopefully make South Africa proud ending in the top positions for the Dakar 2013 Rally.
About Darryl Curtis Dakar Rider
Daryl Curtis is one of South Africa’s most experience off-road bikers, he have more than 24 years professional racing experience and have been riding for KTM for the past 14 years.
Darryl Curtis have raced in several International Six Day Enduro’s, desert races in America, world extreme races like Erzberg, Hell’s Gate, The Tough One, Ro- maniacs and the Roof of Africa and have proved himself to be a good and competitive motorcycle endurance rider.
Darryl Curtis Carreer Highlights include:
Two time winner of the Roof of Africa, 3rd, 5th, 6th & 8th Overall at Romaniacs, 8 time finisher Erzberg Rodeo.
1994 SA Offroad Champion CC 250cc class
1995 SA Enduro Champion Open class
1996 SA Enduro Champion Open class
1998 SA Offroad Champion 250cc class
1999 SA Offroad Champion 250cc class
2003 SA Offroad Champion 500cc class
2004 SA Offroad Champion Overall
1993 – 1999: Transvaal Enduro Champion 250cc
Darryl Curtis is highly experienced and is likely to become one of the Dakar 2013 legends.
Darryl Curtis in Position 25 on first day of Dakar 2013
After the first day of the Dakar 2013 Rally Darryl Curtis is in the top 25 positions in the race and have completed his first day without any notable problems.