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The name Jimmink should ring a bell to the real Dakar fans. Back in 1996 Gerard Jimmink finished fourth in the Dakar, to be the best ranked Dutch motorbike rider in history (so far). In 1995 he was the first ever Dutch bike rider to win a stage. That year and in 1998 he finished fifth. Martien Jimmink is Gerard’s brother, making his debut in the Dakar at the age of 58. In the days his brother set his mark, Martien was too busy working as an agricultural contractor and with his young family. Now that the children are grown up he finally sees his chance.
M.J.: “Don’t expect me to be as fast as my brother was in the nineties. My race pace is good enough to make it to the finish every day, and my only goal is to finish. If I can achieve that, I will be the oldest Dutchman on a motorbike to finish. In the summer of 2017 my friend Marcel Piek (another of the six rookies from the Netherlands) told me he wanted to go for the Dakar. ‘If you go, I go’, I said. And from that moment the preparations started. In august 2017 I competed in the Serres Rally and I liked it so much I knew I should have done this much earlier. My wife supports me and told me to go for it. She will come to Peru to support me. My relations in the contracting business and everybody in our village are helping me. I sold over 4000 sponsor jackets to support my Dakar, which is fantastic!”
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