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“One of the goals of my life”

With a few days to go before the start of the Dakar, everything looks set for Australian Rob Pollard who will be witnessing his first experience on the Dakar alongside his wife and a mechanic. “I’m sleeping fine. Everything is organised. I just focus on practicing and relaxing”. An ideal way to prepare for the World’s most demanding rally.

Rob’s long path to the Dakar went progressively. “I’ve been following the race for years. I went to Paris in 2000 to see the start and get an idea of what was involved. For years it had always been out of reach but it has now become one of the goals of my life”.

An enduro specialist, taking part in several Australian championships, Rob took on the Abu dhabi Desert Challenge back in March. The next step will however be a mountain to climb. To tackle the Dakar, the 39-year-old will take it easy at first. “I don’t want to ware myself out in the first week. There are so many unknown aspects: the navigation, the variety of terrain. Although I’m fit, it’s difficult to judge what to expect”.

For his first appearance, the Australian from Perth remains ambitious. “I’m not going there for a trial. I’m going to race”. He’ll certainly make the best of tips given out by fellow Aussies who have already lived the Dakar experience: David Schwarz, best Australian in 2009, Christophe Barrière-Varju or the late Andy Caldecott, winner of a stage back in 2005.

Dakar start photos on line: www.maindruphoto.com