“I had an amazing time on my first Dakar”
When Laisvydas Kancius decided to enter the 2021 Dakar his main ambition was to be the first man from Dakar mad Lithuania to finish aboard a quad. And even if he had found an excellent team, the Czech Republic based Story Racing to prepare and service his Yamaha Raptor 700, given that up until then all he had done was the 2020 Andalucia Rally that was already a pretty big ambition. To give himself as much chance of achieving his goal as possible he spent 6 pretty intensive months down the gym but never in his wildest dreams could he have imagined that he would finish his first Dakar and his second ever rally raid in 7th place overall! As he modestly admits he had some luck and above all no major disasters but even so. Since that extremely promising debut Laisvydas has been back in action twice in 2021. Once on the Andalucia Rally where he finished just off the podium in 4th and also the Rallye du Maroc which he found to be excellent preparation for the Dakar even if he DNFed with a broken engine. It just remains to be seen if he can maintain his upward trajectory….
“I found the 2020 Andalucia Rally, that I entered to qualify for my first Dakar, to be pretty tough and there was no sand, quite short days and just 5 day’s racing. So you can imagine what a shock the Dakar was. All that sand, all those kilometres! But I had an amazing time and virtually no problems. I had one little crash, nothing major and just a few little problems with the bike. Since then I’ve been back to the Andalucia Rally, which was like a picnic in comparison, where I managed to finish 4th and then also to the Rally du Maroc which was really good Dakar preparation. Unfortunately I didn’t finish but I don’t regret going as it was a very important part of my preparation. Obviously for 2022 I would like to improve on my first Dakar result but it isn’t going to be easy. To finish 6th would be nice and of course everybody dreams of a podium… We will have to see. I will do the same as last year, give my maximum everyday and see where I am 12 days later.”
STORY RACING S.R.O.
YAMAHA YFM 700
STORY RACING S.R.O.
- Mark : YAMAHA
- Model : YFM 700
- Performance tuner : Story Racing S.R.O.
- Assistance : Story Racing S.R.O.
- Class : Q_Q_NO
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