Updates: 14.01.2021 18:45
Janbu (Saudi Arabia) – Motorcycle rider Martin Michek has moved into the coveted top ten in the penultimate stage of the Dakar Rally and is ready to do his best in Friday’s final act to maintain his position. And if he could improve his position, he would go down in the history of the famous competition as the most successful Czech motorcyclist.
“I’m going to fight and I’m going to surrender. I believe that all the fans will be with me and they will experience it with me. I’ll fight for it, maybe I’ll say it a little crazy now, I’ll go through the thread. I won’t let it lie on the ground,” said the member. of the Orion Moto Racing Group team. Stanislav Zloch, who was tenth in his second start in the Dakar, took care of the best result so far in 1998.
Even the 32-year-old Czech motocrosser will start in Dakar for the second time. Before leaving for Saudi Arabia, he said several times that he was going to race and wanted to be as high as possible, but he did not believe in the big result, given the major health problems over the past year. He was life-threatening after a liver collapse and spent several weeks in hospital.
“I absolutely didn’t expect me to fight for the Top 10. I didn’t even expect to fight for the Top 20, because of the things I had. It’s great to be able to match the top. It encourages me a lot.” Michek said today.
The several-time Czech motocross champion in the 11th stage overtook Joaquimo Rodrigues from Portugal and was also helped by the resignation of the fourth man in the standings, the Spaniard Joan Barreda.
“Rodrigues is four minutes behind me, (Austrian Matthias) Walkner fourteen minutes. Such Dakar stars, Dakar winner … They are both motocross riders, so we know each other well from other races where we fought together. God, it will be a beautiful stage “I’m already scattered like Chinese tea. My wrist is itching,” Michek said of the culmination of the fights with the opponents who are right behind him.
That is why he regretted today’s hesitation, when he lost twelve minutes after a navigation error. “I was thinking unnecessarily about the location and the cut rear tire. I found out the moment I had 260 kilometers to the bivouac, and I had to drive so that the rubber didn’t stick. And some twenty kilometers before the finish, I made a huge navigation mistake. It’s it’s a pity, but again it will be all the more exciting. I will do my best on Friday, “Michek added.
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