“My van is my home for the preparation”
Like in his previous Dakars, in 2015, 2018 and 2019, Guillaume Martens enters the rally in the Original by Motul class: without any assistance. Martens’ preparations for the Dakar 2020 were brutally disturbed by the theft of his van, including riding gear and documents like driver’s license.
“For me there’s only one way to do the Dakar: on your own, without support. That’s the real adventure and that is what attracts me. My van was stolen in the worst imaginable moment. It would have been my and my motorbikes’ home for three months. Yes, this is where I sleep for the preparation of the Dakar. It was stolen the day before I was supposed to start my first training in Belgium. I had to go back to Switzerland, where I have lived for 25 years, to get a new driver’s license and other important documents.”
MACAD RALLY TEAM
- Mark : KTM
- Model : 450 RR
- Performance tuner :
- Assistance : Original by Motul
- Class : G2.2 Marathon
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Martens exits the race
Guillaume Martens has had a spectacular tumble after 270 km of the special. With injuries to the head, buttock and hip, the Dutch rider still wanted to carry on. However, the medical team instead took the decision to evacuate him from the race route, making it his third early withdrawal in four participations.
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