“Time for the Dakar challenge”
After Caspar his brother last year, it's Melchior's turn to be the latest of the Van Heertum family to take on the Dakar. A keen bike rider for the last eight years, “Sjors” has competed on all types of terrain and three continents. After races like the Morocco Rally or the Australasian Safari, the 38-year-old is ready to take on the big one: the Dakar, as a part of the Bas Dakar team. His goal, on his KTM 450 RR, will be to do just as well as his elder brother who finished his first Dakar in 106th position.
“Time has come for me to take on the Dakar challenge. Since 2007, I was able to gain a lot of experience in enduro races and cross-country rallies throughout the World. These experiences and the people I had the opportunity to meet, were perfect to prepare me for the Dakar. Now my goal is to simply finish the Dakar.”