“A lifetime dream”
Nine years after, the Estonian flag will fly over the Dakar rally again. Almost a decade after Taivo Luik started and finished the event (64th) on a bike, two riders from the East European nation will be competing: Toomas Triisa and Mart Meeru. Triisa, the youngest of the pair, is a promising biker who started his career in motocross and rapidly switched to bigger bikes to reach his dream of doing the Dakar. A Honda dealer back home in Tallinn, Toomas will of course be riding a CRF 450 X prepared by the HT Honda rally-raid team. For his maiden Dakar, the 31-year-old has only one wish: to finish the event.
“I started riding bikes when I was only 9 years old. The Dakar is and has always been my lifetime dream. I completely changed my usual training plans for it. I competed in the Touareg and Albania rallies. Now my only objective is to finish this first Dakar.”