Jack Lundin’s journey to the Dakar rally actually started as soon as the early 2000s. At the time, the young Canadian boy was following with passion the exploits of his dad Lukas who managed to finish the event twice in four attempts (43rd in 2000 and 35th in 2002). Jack was only 11 when his father battled it out on the tracks of Africa but already his dream was to participate himself. Years went by and from motocross, he turned to desert racing, even working for the Baja 1000 when he was only 13. Time has finally come for this mining engineer, who spends most of his time in Ecuador working for the family gold mining company, to take on the Dakar. After qualifying for the event thanks to a convincing appearance at the Merzouga Rally, and finishing the last Baja 1000, Lundin will be the only Canadian on the start line of the 2018 edition, riding a Husqvarna prepared by team HT.
“We are three boys in the family and when we were kids we all rode bikes from an early age. My dad took part in the Dakar four times and finished twice. I remember being fascinated by his rallies. Despite seeing him injured, I thought it was the adventure of a lifetime. I would have done the Dakar a long time ago but I was young and I had to get on with normal life. After my studies and having settled in my job, I decided to go for it in November of 2016. I did a lot of research to understand what I had to do and decided to register for the Merzouga Rally. I then contacted the HT Husqvarna team and after finishing the Merzouga, I managed to make it to the Dakar. My dad told me to bring a large first aid kit for all kinds of problems including a sore butt. Physically I feel I can do it. The Dakar is all about the mental aspect. You don’t want to ride over your head and never be beyond the limit. My main goal is to finish my first Dakar, ideally in the Top 40. And if I manage that, my father and brother will be at the finish to welcome me.”
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