Sunday 28 November at 11 am (Paris time) - Presentation of the 2022 Dakar
N°73 Bike DUUST RALLY TEAM
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MOHAMMED JAFFAR

(kwt) 1.68m / 73kg

Hobbies

riding bikes

Sponsors

Red Bull, KTM Kuwait, Kuwait International Motorsports Club

2021: first appearance

Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge 2018 and 2019
Motocross Middle-east, MX2 and MX1 Kuwait Champion, Bahrain MX2 champion, Arab MX2 champion

Interview

“I was born in the desert”

The path of Mohammed Jaffar towards the Dakar was a rather long and unexpected one. One made of passion for bikes and the desert. But before entering the world of off-road rallies, his racing career started on the closed tracks of motocross where he started competing at the age of 19 taking him to several titles in the Middle-East. There were then two real turning points: firstly when he took part in the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge and got “hooked” by rallying, then when the Dakar moved from South America to Saudi Arabia making his dream achievable. Not only is he an enthusiastic biker, he also has that will to share his passion and that’s why he created the Moto School in Kuwait to teach people how to ride bikes. Through his participation to the Dakar and thanks to his school, this father of four hopes to change a part of the culture in his country and show a different image of bike riding, open to all in a safe and fun manner.

“Riding bikes is part of my family but we never took it too seriously. The fact the Dakar moved to Saudi Arabia made my dream achievable. All I had to do was cross the border. I only started considering the Dakar five years ago. Never before. I only liked the closed tracks of motocross. Having tried rallies, I now love it so much. I feel I can achieve more. I was born in the desert and I know I can reach an international level. Motocross is the base for any other type of racing. We have the basis, we have the stamina and the technique. I don’t have to think how to ride, I just have to focus on the navigation. That’s the only thing I miss: navigation and working with a road-book. Kuwait is entirely flat, we have no dunes or mountains, so no matter how much I ride, it’s still not enough. Being stuck at home prevented me from training in the dunes of UAE for instance. This year, I’m coming to the Dakar to get an idea of what it’s like. I just need experience. Speaking to friends who did the Dakar (Benjamin Melot), they believe I can finish in the Top 15. But I can’t know now so I just hope to finish. I also hope to inspire kids from my bike school in Kuwait. I started the Moto School to try and change the culture in my country where bikes aren’t really accepted. For the people it isn’t a real sport, it’s something crazy. I’m a family man and I see it’s a sport and I want to instruct people in a safe and easy way. So many come to the school and bring their wives and children. I never had that possibility when I was young. I had to go to UAE and learn from Mohamed Balooshi (former Dakar rider) in his school. He became my mentor. I then felt I was forced to start this Moto School. My goal is to change the idea of bikes in Kuwait. Even my wife who saw so many women come to the school to learn decided to start riding.”

Vehicle

DUUST RALLY TEAM

  • Mark : KTM
  • Model : 450 RALLY REPLICA
  • Performance tuner : Duust Rally team
  • Assistance : Duust Rally team
  • Class : G2.2 Marathon

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