“If you think you've prepared enough, then prepare some more!”
Brett Cummings' adventure on the Dakar started Down Under in September of 2012 when he finished 4th of the Australasian Safari and won the Dakar Challenge earning him free registration for the Dakar. The South African then went on to manage an excellent 46th position for his first experience. Time has now come for a new challenge. Indeed Brett has decided to do the Dakar the hard way and will be in the malle-moto class with no assistance but himself. First South African to compete in that category, he hopes to win it on a KTM 450 RR. Overall, a top 20 spot would be more than a satisfaction.
“The 2013 Dakar was the experience of a lifetime. I was amazed by the hype, the support and the excitement around the event. Obviously being the winner of the Dakar Challenge helped a lot for publicity. If I had advice to give to the winners of the Dakar Challenge, I would tell them: prepare yourself and if you think that you've prepared enough then prepare some more… In terms of racing it was different to what I was expecting. I thought that it would be harder physically. The hardest part came from the strain on the backside and the lack of sleep. I could have done better but I decided to tow a team mate and lost 2 to 3 hours. But that too is part of the event. Now I've decided to turn to Malle-moto. I have the experience of working on my own bikes. I'll need to have simplistic maintenance and tighten my schedule.”