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ATTENTION - IMPORTANT INFORMATION: DUE TO THE STRIKE MOVEMENT EXPECTED ON DECEMBER 5th IN FRANCE, THE SCRUTINEERING AND THE BOARDING WILL TAKE PLACE ON DECEMBER 3rd AND 4th.
N°115 Bike BAS DAKAR KTM RACING TEAM
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OLAF HARMSEN

(nld) Born on 15/12/1975 1.78m / 72kg

Sponsors

Rick Car’s / Arai / 71Designs / Nemas Uitvaartverzorging / RK Sport and More / van der Hijden Montage

2018: Serres Rally
2019: Merzouga Rally, Rallye du Maroc

Interview

“My life is all about preparing for the Dakar”

Olaf Harmsen is the only Dutch newcomer this year in the bike category. As a young boy, riding his offroad bicycle, he dreamed of riding the Dakar. Now the time has arrived to finally realise his dream. At the age of 25 Olaf started roadracing, together with his brother, in the Supersport 600 category. After about five years, he switched to Supermotards, where he got acquainted with sand for the first time. The next step was motocross, and this gave him the confidence to go for the Dakar.

“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. My plan was to do the Dakar in 2021, but Bart convinced me to go for it. After the Serres Rally in September 2018 and the Merzouga Rally in 2019, I qualified for the Dakar. Since Merzouga my life is all about preparing for the Dakar. Technically I’m not the best rider, but I do feel comfortable in the sand. Almost every day I work on my fitness. Motocross, mountainbiking, and the gym. Wesley van Veghel is my personal trainer, he also prepared Maikel Smits (26th in Dakar 2018) and thanks to him my riding skills have improved a lot. With a good finish in the Rallye du Maroc last October, I feel confident and ready for the Dakar.’’

Vehicle

BAS DAKAR KTM RACING TEAM

  • Mark : KTM
  • Model : 450 RALLY REPLICA
  • Performance tuner : Bas Dakar Team
  • Assistance : Bas Dakar Team
  • Class : M_G2.2 : G2.2 Marathon 0 à 450 cm3

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