It’s feels so good to be over the finish line because riding the Dakar has been a goal of mine for so long now. Right now I’m feeling good but I think things will really hit home when I get back to the States. Only then will it really sink in.
The experience of racing the Dakar was more awesome than I could ever have imagined. It’s such a big event and you go on real rollercoaster ride of emotions. The biggest thing I’m taking away from this is a real understanding of the dangers of this race. Everyday you get worried when you hear news about other guys in the race so to see all of my friends here at the finish line in one piece is a relief.
My team-mate Darryl Curtis was giving me tips all through the race and then he suffered a nasty crash on one of last stages. The fact he got back on his bike and rode out the last days of this race in such pain shows what a top guy he is. When I go back home and tell people that one of my team-mates rode over 1000km with torn ligaments they just won’t get it.
You need a really special mindset to be at this race because it’s just like nothing else there is. Even on the penultimate stage I had a problem with my bike and there was Darryl coming past and towing me back to the bivouac.
This race is so unpredictable but it seems quitting is the one thing that nobody wants to do. The riders in this race just take whatever circumstances come their way and get on with it. The mental strength involved is unreal.
Overall our KTM Factory Team scored an awesome result at this Dakar and that’s the ultimate icing on the cake. For me the priority was to get to the finish, now I’m here I’m already thinking about what I’ll do differently next time. Hopefully I’ll get the chance to come back and put into practice all the things I have picked up during this intense period of racing.