The Dakar Tour hits the Strip
October 31 st 2018 - 18:42
“Sin City” was the final stop on the Dakar Tour, where the stars of the American Off-Road racing scene had the chance to express their desires for the Dakar. It is quite possible there will be a confrontation this coming January between first-timer Casey Currie and the veteran Robby Gordon, who is keeping everyone in suspense about his possible return.
The American Off-Road community came together in Las Vegas for the annual Sema Show, which gathers the entire automobile industry and is held two weeks before the season’s main event, the Baja 1000 and attracts 250,000 visitors over four days. The presentation of the 2019 edition of the Dakar took place at the Motul stand, a major partner of the Dakar Rally. American rider Ricky Brabec (HRC Team) and Chile’s Pablo Quintanilla (Husqvarna) attended the event. And it didn’t take long for the mages of the Dakar to peak the interest of Casey Currie, who is among the top competitors in the US and whose Dakar debut will draw particular attention this coming January. “I am looking forward to taking on this rally that I have dreamed about since I saw the footage of Robby Gordon in this race”, says the driver who will make is Dakar debut this year and who has already caught the attention of many after winning the Desafío Inca. “I am very confident and I even hope to win in the SxS class.” Sure of his racing prowess and in the Can-Am SxS that will be prepared for him by the South Racing team, the ultra-ambitious newcomer could find himself in the Peruvian dunes with his childhood idol and even battle with him if the opportunity presents itself, because Robby Gordon, who was also at the Sema Show made some big news during the Dakar Tour presentation. “I have three other vehicles with their crews ready to line up next to me for the start this coming January. I just need to complete the budget with my sponsors before assuring you that I will be there to race for the win!” After a two-year absence, the most successful American driver in Dakar history (3rd in 2009 and 10 stage victories in total) has clearly not lost his aggressive nature in front of the cameras. All that remains to be seen is if it will be the same story in the dunes.