“15th position last year counts as a victory”
After a career that will remain in the history of ski jumping thanks to four World Cup titles (39 victories) and four Olympic medals, Adam Malysz is slowly making a name for himself on the Dakar. A year after his debut on the rally (37th overall), the Flying Pole returned to what has become his new passion, capturing an excellent 15th spot. Mission accomplished for Malysz who had announced that his goal was the Top 20. The 36-year-old, who was voted sportsman of the year in 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2007 in his native Poland, is no longer just a star from another sport but a man to watch for his Dakar performances. For his third experience in South America, Malysz will again be in a Toyota Hilux prepared by Overdrive and will have at his side Rafal Marton. It's not about the adventure anymore; it's all about the result.
A.M.: "I was very happy that I finished the Dakar and delighted by my result, I'm slowly coming to terms with being fifteenth. To me, it counts as a victory! It's difficult to compare this result to what I have achieved in ski jumping, but Dakar cost me a lot more effort. Overall, the 2013 rally was very tough, a little different than my first one, but still extremely difficult. The car was an immense help. I adapted to it really quickly. The Toyota was mechanically flawless. It made a major contribution to my result."
R.M.: "We achieved our dream of finishing the Dakar in the top twenty. The result is a little better than we expected. We're very pleased. Adam drove wonderfully. We did good work. This is my most successful Dakar yet."