“A lot to learn on the Dakar”
Seeing Daniel Sanders on the start line of the Dakar as part of the Red Bull KTM factory team, one will rapidly make a comparison with Toby Price. Both are Australian, both have an impressive mullet and both are extremely talented and fast. For the moment, the comparison stops there. Indeed when Price took on his first Dakar (that he finished third) he was 28 and had far more experience in off-road rallies and navigation, Sanders will only be starting his second real rally at the age of 26. An enduro specialist, outright ISDE winner and Australian off-road champion in 2019, he showed all the talent he had during the recent Andalucia Rally that he finished in 11th spot, conquering the final stage. He however humbly knows that the Dakar is a different beast. Far from the Australian lockdown, the Melbourne native spent several months in Spain and Dubai to get familiar with his new discipline, making the best of the precious tips of team manager Jordi Viladoms and his KTM partners. “Chucky” who likes spending his spare time on the family farm, working in the apple orchard, bee keeping and also building motocross tracks for fun, will take the Dakar as a learning experience, hoping he can just finish it. He does however have the rookie trophy in the back of his mind and knows that a finish in the Top 10 would already be quite a performance.
“I started riding at the age of 8 on the family farm. My father used to race enduro and that’s the discipline I started with as well as desert racing. I was never a real Dakar fan although I followed what the Aussies would do there. I first met Toby Price in 2011 when we were riding enduro races together. I always thought about going on the rally path but it came quicker than I expected. It was a safe option to start something new. KTM were looking for a development rider and contacted me back in April and then came the Andalucia Rally. On day one there, I had no idea what was happening. I was learning everyday from my mistakes. The navigation was rather easy in Andalucia and that’s why we went to Dubai to learn more in the desert and the dunes. My ambitions for the Dakar? I have no idea. First I want to finish it. A top 10 would be cool and maybe a stage win, I also hope to do well in the rookie class. I won’t be a water-boy however. If I win, I have the freedom to continue, but of course in the final days, I’d be happy to help out a guy in a better position. Of course it would be cool to be like Price but I have no pressure. I’m not as good or experienced as Toby was when he first did the Dakar. I have a lot to learn on the Dakar.”
KTM FACTORY TEAM
- Mark : KTM
- Model : 450 FACTORY
- Performance tuner : Red Bull KTM factory team
- Assistance : Red Bull KTM factory team
- Class : G2.1 Super production
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