Hopmans Vastgoed, Molco, Van Kessel Olie, BAS Truckshttps://herwinhopmans.nl/
Without any rally experience Herwin Hopmans was at the start of the Dakar 2005. Being active in motocross from the age of 15, and later on in enduro, it was a logical next step. In the gruelling sandstorm that hit the Dakar in Mauritania that year he had to give up. For many years the Dakar was far away for the Dutchman, busy running his company, and when his father got ill. But the call of the desert was unmistakably there. Hopmans started competing in smaller rally-raids, to get more experience. Good results in the Rally du Maroc, the Serres Rally and the Morocco Desert Challenge gave Hopmans the confidence to take on the challenge of the Dakar again.
H.H.: “Entering the Dakar in 2005 was crazy, but I’m happy with the experience. It has always been in my mind to return some day, but the conditions in Chili and especially Bolivia didn’t really appeal to me. But when the news of the 2019 route came out, it was clear for me right away I was going. The conditions in Peru, lots of dunes and less liaisons were enough to convince me. I will start everyday like it’s the first one. I will drive safe and not be too competitive. I got a reminder of this last august when I broke a few ribs when I was pushing too hard in the Serres Rally. In motocross I couldn’t stand it when I was being overtaken, but that’s something I have learned to accept. The only goal is to finish. Every time I ride a bike I can clear my head. It’s important for me in these hectic times and it makes me feel good.’’
BAS DAKAR TEAM
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