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Don’t expect the “Kalahari Ferrari” to have a nice and quiet stroll in the deserts of Peru. His nickname says it all, Ross Branch is a reference both in motocross and cross-country. He’s claimed all the possible continental titles in both disciplines. It was time for the big leap up to the Dakar. This airline pilot who flies all week and races on weekends knows how difficult it is to just have the opportunity to do the Dakar and he wants to make the best of it. Second rider from Botswana to line up on the rally (after Vincent Crosbie in 2017), Branch aims at the top 20 and hopes that’ll open doors for another go at the world’s biggest off-road rally.
“My first memory of the Dakar goes back to 1992 when I went to see the rally that was finishing in Cape Town. I wanted to do it but motocross was my first love. I only started riding in cross-country later. It took a while to come. It’s never easy when you come from Africa. Alfie Cox (South African, 2nd of the 2002 Dakar) was a big inspiration. He really backed me up and helped. I want a decent result. Top 20 would be great for the first year. I guess I only have one chance to do it so I want to do my best. I have one opportunity and maybe that’ll open doors.”
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Ross Branch has reached CP2 in 18th position, a fine performance from this amateur rider who is taking part in his first Dakar and is only the second person from Botswana to have participated in the Dakar.
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