Ateco, Zantingh, Niwa motoren, High Lights, Interheat, Hermans Techniek, Landbouwbedrijf AJ Piek, Hydropro, Hermans Techniglaz
Like some many Dutch from an agricultural background Marcel Piek had been active in motocross and enduro. After years of competition in those categories a friend suggested to come along and do a rally-raid event. And that’s how it all started, when Piek went to Greece for the Hellas Rally. The sales representative of technical installations for glasshouses also wanted to ride in the dunes, and automatically the thought of Dakar came into his mind. And now, after two years of preparing the moment of truth is coming quickly.
M.P.: “When I was watching the Dakar on television, I always had the wish to do it, but it looked really tough. My wife suggested that I should figure out what would be required to actually do it myself: a bike, a good team, and to qualify. When I started my search for a team I came in contact with HT Rally Raid and right from the beginning the feeling was good. The preparation started right away. To finish the Dakar would be the ultimate achievement for me in my motorsports career. My experience taught me that staying calm is the most important, but also the most difficult. I learned a lot in the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge, with extreme conditions. When somebody overtakes you, it’s tempting to go a bit faster and follow. But if you crash and you lose your way, you can get into serious trouble.”
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