Like in his previous Dakars, in 2015 and 2018, Guillaume Martens enters the rally in the Original by Motul class: without any assistance. Both times he had to withdraw after a series of problems, but the Dutchman refuses to give in.
“For me there’s only one way to do the Dakar: on your own, without support. That’s the real adventure and that is what attracts me. I’ve always been into adventures and unknown territories. I work as a consultant for digital products in Switzerland, but I came there as a river rafting guide, 25 years ago. You start something and have no clue where it ends. In the Dakar it’s the same, although last year was a bit too much of adventure and I had to withdraw because I was simply exhausted after going on for days in a row. So I have some unfinished business in Peru. The adventure is not done yet.”
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Even after a solid performance on the 323 km special on the dunes around San Juan de Marcona, Guillaume Martens is still unsure whether he can make it to Lima. "I've lost count of all the times I had to pick up my motorbike", gasps the Dutchman. So much sand… "I'm exhausted. "I've never been so happy to see the finish line. Usually, I'm eager for more, but...
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