N°52 Bike PETR VLCEK
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PETR VLCEK

(cze) Born on 22/09/1975 1.75m / 88kg

Sponsors

Family and friends, Parrot Surf & Skate Shop, Mex 1, Stokes Mazda, Island Coastal Lager, Electric, Yetty sport, Rykobito, Callipso, Fly racing, Detyens Shipyards Inc

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2019: 47th
2018: 47th
2017: 68th

2019: Morocco Desert Challenge ; Sonora Rally
2 x Baja Rally
3 x Merzouga Rally
5 x Serres Rally

Interview

“I want to see if I can finish the race this way”

Petr Angelo Vlcek has reached the finish line in all three of his Dakar participations to date, but he is expecting a very different kind of challenge in 2020. First of all, the rally will be taking place in Saudi Arabia, which remains a big unknown for most of the field. And secondly, the 44-year-old is preparing to ride for the first time in the gruelling Original by Motul class, where he will be facing all the usual slings and arrows of the world's toughest rally but without any assistance. It is therefore set to be the biggest test of his rally raid career, which was sparked by a trip to the Dakar five years ago. Petr Angelo had travelled to Buenos Aires to see his friend Ondrej Klymciw finishing the 2015 edition, and it was simply love at first sight; this was something he had to be a part of. After spending two years working with Ondrej and learning the ins and outs of offroad riding, he made his Dakar debut in 2017, coming through an arduous, rain-soaked slog in Paraguay, Bolivia and Argentina in 68th place. He improved to 47th place in 2018 and 2019. Born in Pardubice in the Czech Republic, Petr Angelo has lived in the United States for over 20 years after a six-month trip in the 1990s turned into a permanent stay. He is kept busy by the Parrot Surf & Skate Shop that he runs in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, but still managed to get away this year for the Serres Rally and the Morocco Desert Challenge. Now, this thrill seeker is ready for a fourth tilt at the Dakar, once again riding for his friend Ondrej's team Klymciw Racing.

"I'm looking forward to the new terrain, I'm sure the landscapes will be great. Last year in Peru there were lots of dunes, it was challenging, but I think we pretty much rode everything we can there. It was like playing in a giant sandbox. I think they're going to do a good job in Saudi Arabia, although I'm still having a hard time figuring out what the temperatures are going to be like. Some places might be a bit cold! This year I'm going to do Original by Motul. I've never done it, I want to see if I can finish the race this way. I'm probably going to have to implement different strategies, not just race every day balls out! It's important to try not to break too much stuff, so you don't have to spend three or four hours fixing and repairing things. You need a good maintenance plan so you're not doing everything every day. I've finished three times with mechanics and support, so I wanted to see if I could do Original. I don't know if I've picked the best year, it's going to be hard. Two marathon stages instead of one and things like that. It's going to be interesting, because everything will be new at this year's Dakar. Not just the territory but working on the bike, sleeping in the tent. I'm looking forward to it. I think it's going to be good, exciting. I'm curious about the new roadbooks, I heard they evened out the playing field at the Rallye du Maroc. I did the Morocco Desert Challenge this year, and the Serres Rally. Morocco was good and the Serres Rally is always nice, it's the fifth or sixth time I've done it. That was about it because I'm pretty busy with my work, I've just been focusing on training and stuff. If you pour all your money into Dakar, there's not much left!”

Vehicle

PETR VLCEK

  • Mark : HUSQVARNA
  • Model : 450
  • Performance tuner : Petr Dokonal and Ondrej Klymciw
  • Assistance : Original by Motul
  • Class : G2.1 Super production

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