N°115 Bike BAS DAKAR KTM RACING TEAM
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OLAF HARMSEN

(nld) 1.78m / 72kg

Hobbies

Besides motorsports spending time with my family

Sponsors

Rick Cars, Transfertec, Eindelijk Advies, Nemas Uitvaartverzorging, RK Sport and More, Sinned, MVD Racewear, 71 Designs, Van Veghel Sports, Van der Hijden Montage, Harmsen Vastgoed

2020: ab stage 3

2020: Andalucia Rally (26th)
2019: Merzouga Rally, Rallye du Maroc
2018: Serres Rally

Interview

“I’ve learnt my lesson to focus on my own pace”

As a young boy, Olaf Harmsen, riding his offroad bicycle, dreamt of the Dakar. Last year he realised his dream, or at least: part of it. Harmsen, a real estate advisor, entered the Dakar, but had to withdraw in stage 3 after a nasty crash. Fully recovered and with more experience, now is the time to fulfil the rest of the dream: finishing.

“When I was young, riding the Dakar was more of a dream than reality. But when I started doing motocross, I felt the time had arrived to do my first rally. Together with Bart van der Velden of the Bas Dakar Team we made a plan and worked very hard to make it to the start last year. The crash I endured in stage 3 was my own fault: I was trying to overtake another rider. Recovery took a long time, especially from the contusion I sustained. I’ve learnt my lesson, not to be tempted to ride harder than I actually can, but simply to focus on my own pace. After the Andalucia Rally in October I took a navigation course at Jordi Viladoms’ Rally Station and this really helped me in terms of skills, knowledge and selfconfidence.’’

Vehicle

BAS DAKAR KTM RACING TEAM

  • Mark : KTM
  • Model : 450 RALLY REPLICA
  • Performance tuner : Bas Dakar Team
  • Assistance : Bas Dakar Team
  • Class : G2.1 Super production

Ranking 2021

Scratch Stage General
0 85 85 86
1 74 73 75
2 85 85 79
3 84 84 82
4 83 83 81
5 68 68 74
6 64 64 70
7 70 70 67
8 68 68 65
9 61 61 60
10 66 66 59
11 65 65 58
12 58 58 57

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