Don’t talk to him about internet or social media, what James Ferguson enjoys is being outdoors and living adventures. The idea of competing in the Dakar came after attending a seminar hosted by Chris Evans, correspondant of the event in Australia. He’d considered it as a youngster watching the rally on TV, but that conference pushed him to go for it. After finishing the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge last year, the Australian from Newcastle will be on the start line of the Dakar in the Original by Motul class (with no assistance) for practical reasons but mainly in a quest of adventure.
“I watched the Dakar on TV when I was a kid and always had it in the back of my mind. My dad was a biker and I’ve always ridden bikes all my life. I was looking for an adventure and now I want to prove to myself that I can do it. The Original by Motul class was the obvious choice. I like to do everything myself. To prepare I was able to count on the help of Scott Britnell who rode the Dakar without assistance. He’s a real mentor for me and helped me build my bike and take care of logistics. My main worry is my bike not making it, especially after spending so much money preparing it. It’s a KTM EXC 450, so not a real rally bike and I adapted it for the Dakar. The idea of the bike failing gives me nightmares. My family has been very supportive. I know it’s hard on my wife, especially with young twins. If I finish, it’ll be the last race I do for a while. If I don’t, she’ll have to endure it a little bit more.”
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