Dakar is finally over! 7th Overall in the bikes and 4th in the final stage after a 3 min speed penalty… A roller coaster race as always starting the race with no preparation at all. 5 DAYS on a new rally bike, 3 days of road-books and two days testing in December is all I had to get ready for the hardest race in the world. I went into this Dakar not knowing what to expect, I wasn’t even sure if I was even going to be on the start line after struggling so much to ride through the pain in my elbow, it was only 70% healed.
No facial incidents this year which was good but we had a 20mm thorn/needle in my arm muscle for 10 days, food poisoning/stomach bug for 2 days really bad, not being able to consume food and no energy.
I believe I went into the race 20% prepared and everyone around knew how unprepared I was. Now I’m looking back at the last 14 days and I seriously don’t know how I finished everyday, I’m proud of what I’ve done in my circumstances and I believe I’ve showed a lot of people who I am and what I can do when I put my mind to it.
We survived and conquered the 2023 Dakar and I’m looking forward to next years event prepared and ready for battle. Thank you to my Team, Sponsors, Family, Friends and Supporters I couldn’t have done it without you all. We never gave up!!