N°37 Moto JANTAR TEAM
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DAVID PABISKA

(cze)

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Dakar, enduro, motorbikes, hockey, cycling

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Jantar Team

2018: 42nd
2017: 45th
2016: 30th
2015: 24th
2014: 18th
2013: 39th
2012: 12th (trucks, navigator for Jaroslav Valtr)
2011: 31st
2010: 26th
2009: 65th
2007: 42nd (8th rookie)

2019: Cross Country CAMS series (2nd)
2018: Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge (1st cars, navigator for Martin Prokop)
2015: Hellas Rally (4th), Rally Albania (3rd)
2007: Czech Cross-Country Teams Championship (1st)
2005: Dubai Long Distance World Rally Championship (2nd marathon class)
2004: Czech Enduro Championship (2nd), Czech Cross-Country Championship (2nd), ISDE Poland (2nd)
2003: Rally Baja Germany (2nd), ISDE Czech Republic (2nd)
2002: ISDE Brazil (2nd)
2001: European 125cc Enduro Championship (4th)
1999: Czech 125cc Enduro Championship (1st)

Interview

“Original by Motul is the hardest class in Dakar”

You would be hard pushed to find a more consistent rider on this Dakar than David Pabiska. The Czech biker boasts a 100% success rate on the world's biggest rally, having reached the finish line on all 11 occasions since his debut in 2007: 10 times in the bikes, and once in the trucks with Jaroslav Valtr. The 45-year-old is something of a rally raid legend back home, and has helped other Czech riders discover the Dakar; for example, he sold Ondrej Klymciw the Yamaha on which he got started in rally raid in 2013. A highly experienced rider, David has been racing since the age of 14, when he took up motocross. He went on to enjoy plenty of success in enduro, claiming several national titles and three silver medals at the International Six Days Enduro. He had long been fascinated by the world of rally raid, and made a childhood dream come true when he lined up on his maiden Dakar in Africa. By hook or by crook, David has always made it to the end of the rally, coming as high as 18th in 2014. Yet despite being a fierce competitor, he is also deeply altruistic, and never hesitates to come to the aid of his fellow riders. He has been recognised for his fair play on several occasions, and was even awarded the UNESCO World Fair Play trophy for saving the life of another competitor at the Czech enduro championships. Now he is gearing up for Dakar 2021, where he will be looking to make it a perfect 12 finishes out of 12 with the Jantar Team. David will be competing alongside his compatriot Rudolf 'Ruda' Lhotsky in the assistance-free Original by Motul class. He is expecting a gruelling couple of weeks in Saudi Arabia, but is hopeful of a top-10 finish in a category featuring some top bikers, including Emanuel Gyenes, Benjamin Melot and Mario Patrao. Though he hasn't raced the Dakar since 2018, David got a chance to see things from a different perspective last year, working as a team mechanic for Czech truck driver Martin Macik. He admits that he sometimes got itchy fingers watching the bikers in action, and he has now traded in his mechanic's overalls for his racing gloves. Original by Motul certainly isn't for the faint of heart, but you wouldn't bet against the Czech Republic's Mr Reliable making it through to the finish line yet again.

“I have to thank Ruda for thinking of me when he was choosing a partner, and arranging for me to get involved with the new team. I think that we can achieve something in Saudi Arabia. We'll be riding in a new country, so it will be bit a bit like when we discovered South America in 2009. I'd be very satisfied with 10th place in the category. Original by Motul is 100% the hardest class in Dakar, so I'll have to use all my experience from previous years. Mentally it will be hard as well. In a normal team you always have the support of your mechanic, and the people around you. At least Ruda and I will be together and we can support each other. Last year I did all the training with Martin Macik and his crew. I even helped them build a truck, because I have some past experience in that department. In the end, they asked me if I'd like to help them on the Dakar as well, and I said yes. I didn't want to stay home like the previous year! I was also curious about the new country. It was the first time in Saudi and I wanted to see everything. When we were waiting for the truck at the checkpoints, we would run into a whole host of bikers. I always exchanged a few words with them, it was very pleasant. I could see that changing the destination of the rally helped to improve performance on the motorcycle, because it's not as warm as in South America. I had a chance to see the Dakar from the other side, and I can confirm that it's a much harder job than racing itself! It doesn't seem like it, but it's the people behind the scenes who win races.”

Véhicule

JANTAR TEAM

  • Marque : KTM
  • Modèle : 450 RALLY
  • Préparateur : Jantar Team
  • Assistance :
  • Classe : G2.2 Marathon

Classement 2021

Scratch Étape Général
0 44 44 44
1 38 38 37
2 46 46 43
3 47 47 45
4 39 39 43
5 35 35 37
6 40 40 37
7 41 41 37
8 38 38 37
9 36 36 32
10 38 38 31
11 31 31 31
12 32 32 30

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