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One of the first Lithuanian bikers to take part in the Dakar, Balys Bardauskas describes the world's most famous rally as the 'Olympus of motorsports'. His first two experiences ended in disappointment: in 2008, when he was due to make his debut, the rally was cancelled, while a year later he was forced to pull out with injury -and scans later revealed he had been riding for four days with two broken hands. It would be almost another decade before Balys finally achieved his dream of completing the Dakar. Shortly after his 40th birthday, he made it to the end of the 40th edition, equaling the best Lithuanian result in the bikes (81st). He even brought back a finisher's medal for his baby son Perkunas. He has since had another little boy, Azuolas, and he will be back riding for both of his sons in this 2019 edition, where he will be taking part in the grueling 'Original by Motul' malle moto class.
“When we got to Chile in 2009, anyone with medical problems had to leave the rally, because a competitor had already died. When the doctor looked at me, he saw that both of my hands were broken. I'd been riding like that for four days! I always wanted to come back but it costs a lot of money, and you need time to prepare. So when I turned 40 and had a baby, just before the 40th edition, I thought it was the right time to try again. I raced in Italy and got the green light from the organisers, and went on to finish the rally. It was a really nice feeling. I also got to meet up with a lot of friends from 2009. “I have opened a motorbike track in Vilnius, and for the inauguration I organised a rally as part of the Lithuanian championships. Some of my friends from Dakar came: Gabriela, Bruno, Jan Vesely. Jan has done malle moto seven times, and he said, 'If you have big balls, you have to try malle moto!' So I decided to do it. I recently had a second son and they both wake up four times a night, so it's been good preparation for malle moto, where you don't have time to sleep! I've just been training at my track in Lithuania. I'm 41 and not really a very professional rider. I'm just a guy looking for adventure.”
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