MARTIEN JIMMINK(nld) 1.82m / 84kg
Motorsports, his children and grandchildren, mountain biking
Edwin Groen Tweewielers, Koops Machines & Techniek, Fieten Oliehandel, Groot Techniek
“I want to prove the first time was no coincidence”
Last year Martien Jimmink made his debut in the Dakar at the age of 58. He achieved his goal of being the oldest Dutch motorbike rider ever to finish the Dakar. By achieving his goals he stepped out of the shadow of his brother Gerard, who was the first Dutch motorbike rider ever to win stages in the Dakar back in the 90’s. Martien returned home as a hero, with great stories of his hard fought adventures. He even was the guest of honor and stood on stage at one of the biggest festivals in the Netherlands, de Zwarte Cross (Black Cross). Yet, after fulfilling his dream of finishing the Dakar, the agricultural contractor, working in the business of the famous Dutch tulip bulbs, decided to do it once more.
M.J.: “The past year was like a dream. I had never imagined my adventure of participating in the Dakar and making it to the finish, would have meant so much to people. I don’t like to say I’m famous, but at least I’m well known. It pleases me to know that I could give so many people so much joy. Going back and doing it again I do for myself. Saudi Arabia seems to be going back to the old Dakars and that seems like a great adventure and challenge to me. I want to be there, give change a chance. Also I want to prove to myself that finishing once, in my debut, was no matter of coincidence or sheer luck. Hopefully my wife and my daughter can come with me again to support me in Saudi Arabia like they did in Peru. That would mean a lot to me. It has been too busy in the flower bulbs to go to other rallies this year, but I’m fit and well prepared. And this time I know more or less what to expect.”
HT RALLY RAID HUSQVARNA RACING
- Mark : HUSQVARNA
- Model : FR 450 RR
- Performance tuner : HT Rally-Raid
- Assistance : HT Rally-Raid
- Class : G2.1 Super production
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Jimmink forced to drop out
After finishing his first Dakar in 72nd place at the age of 58 years, Martien Jimmink returned to the race in Saudi Arabia to try and do even better. However, the Dutchman will not reach Qiddiya due to a fall after 180 km of the special. He has been evacuated from the race route by the medical team.
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