"Ride the whole event and return with more experience”
At the start of the next Dakar, Jasper Riezebos will be one of the youngest riders of the event. He'll certainly be hoping to celebrate his 21st birthday on the rest day in Iquique. On that precise day, you might see the solid young man walking around the bivouac in his typical Dutch clogs. That would already be quite a performance for the rookie from Ijsselmuiden who followed the Dakar ever since he was a kid. His decision to go for it came on his 18th birthday while watching the race on TV. Making the best of the precious tips of his elders and having competed in several cross-country rallies, the crane operator will continue his learning process. In the footsteps of riders like Frans Verhoeven, Henk Knuiman, or more recently Robert Van Pelt, he could become one of the top Dutch competitors of the Dakar.
“I've followed the Dakar since I was a kid. It was for me a big dream to ride the Dakar rally. On my 18th birthday I was in front of my TV, watching the Dakar and that was the moment I knew that I had to go. I was also pushed to go by former Dutch Dakar rider Alex Van Ginkel. I competed in many rallies such as the Tuareg rally, Serres rally and the Abu Dhabi desert challenge. I also went for a training camp in Tunisia. My goal on the Dakar will be to ride the whole event and return with a lot more experience. I don't have any ambition but finishing.”