How are your ribs?
Sore, obviously. I came off on day two and cracked two ribs. I hit a dust cloud that felt like going into a black hole, so I decided to go onto the trail’s left-hand side, open up the throttle, and then I hit a huge rock which threw me. The impact resulted in the airbag deploying. I got winded, and the airbag crushed me. If the airbag didn’t deploy, the injury might have been more catastrophic. I cracked two ribs under my armpit, but I managed with it. You know I’ve hurt myself plenty of times over the years, and I felt lucky this time. I have to look on the bright side; it just shows how easy it is for something to go wrong. The pain didn’t hold me back and didn’t stop me from opening up the throttle again.
Are you happy where you placed?
Yes, my goal was to finish the rally. There were 110 starters at the start of the event. Only 60 people finished, so half of the entry completed the event showing just how challenging the Dakar rally is.
How did your bike perform?
It’s tough on the bike, tough on the person also. The abuse the bikes take is incredible, and you need to go easy on the engine. I know bikes, my bike is still like new. Nevertheless, you have to learn how to relax and push on to the finish but take care of your bike. I’m quite fortunate I understand motorbikes and ‘normally’ look after all my own bikes.
How did your kit perform?
Many people had problems with their boots throughout the rally, but I didn’t am pleased to say. I wore one pair of boots for the entire rally, and I cannot rave enough about my SIDI boots. I rode over 7500km, and my SIDI boots are like brand new I cannot give enough credit to SIDI for their quality. The soles are a little worn, but the SIDI boots are fantastic.
My helmets are Shoei and are the best in the world, in my opinion. I had to change my helmet from the grey Shoei to the orange one after taking a fall on day two. I love my Shoei helmets! It is essential to get the right equipment and fitted correctly. The kit I currently have is simply the best!