N°131 Bike VENDETTA RACING
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DAVID MCBRIDE

(gbr) 1.8m / 96kg

Hobbies

Saltwater fly fishing, camping

2020: Ab. Stage 6

2021: Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge (7th)
2017: Qatar Cross-Country Rally (10th), Atacama Rally (11th); FIM Veteran's Cross-Country Rallies Trophy (2nd)
1997-2019: UAE Baja Championship (numerous top 5 finishes, 1st in 2004)
1996-2021: Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge (numerous top 10 finishes, best 2nd in 2001)

Interview

“Finishing would be meeting one of my life goals”

David McBride has been riding a bike for most of his life, but it was only in 2020 -aged 52- that he finally made his Dakar debut alongside fellow Dubai resident David Mabbs. However, the rally ended in disappointment for the British pair; Mabbs broke his leg on the third day, while David was forced to abandon due to a fork failure on Stage 6. Undeterred, the Vendetta Racing duo are back for another tilt at the world's toughest rally, and they feel they are better prepared for this 2022 edition. David was born in Belfast but moved to Australia as a baby, learning to ride a bike under the watchful eye of his father Bill, a road racer. The family arrived in Dubai in 1978 and young David soon discovered a passion for desert riding and motocross. He has remained in the UAE ever since, regularly lining up on the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge and winning the UAE Baja Championship in 2004. He had another solid outing in Abu Dhabi this year for the 30th anniversary edition of the Desert Challenge, coming seventh in the elite Rally GP class, and is now determined to fulfil a major life ambition by reaching the finish line of the Dakar.

“We missed 2021 because the route was primarily rocks, and I'm not that happy in them. Getting to the finish is the main goal. I think this time we are in a better position, for sure. Dave and I have been training regularly, and we both recently finished in the top 10 of the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge. And we are bringing our own support team and truck with us. We are out most weekends in the desert, trying to build for the Dakar. Finishing would be meeting one of my life goals. It's just a fantastic experience.”

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VENDETTA RACING

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VENDETTA RACING

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