DAKAR – Quotes from comptetitors

Sébastien Loeb: “For sure when I do something my goal is to be able to win it and my goal is to win the Dakar one day. I will work for it and we will see.”

Stéphane Peterhansel: “We’ve almost got a little bit too much power in the car now, which is a nice problem to have. Now we definitely have to manage the power, whereas before that wasn’t the case.”

Carlos Sainz: “It’s been good testing and the car has been running really well. The potential of the car is much, much bigger than it was at this time last year and reliability has been solid too.”

Cyril Despres: “David (Castera) and I have made progress and the reflexes are coming, like the way we analyse each stage as soon as it’s over, for example.”

Nasser Al-Attiyah: “It would be something really special to be the first driver to win three Dakars in South America and that is my aim in January.”

Adam Malysz: “The Dakar is magical. Participating in this race is the fulfilment of a dream and reaching the end is something to be very proud about.”

Kuba Przygonski: “My main goal is to reach the finish line of the Dakar, but the quicker I can do this the better. I will use all the experience I picked while racing bikes at this race.”

Giniel de Villiers: “We’ve spent a lot of time testing our new Toyota Hilux this year and we’re coming back to South America in great shape to race.”

Toby Price: “Last year was a dream result for me to finish on the podium. We worked hard and got that bit of luck you need. Now I want to back that result up or even go a couple better.”

Matthias Walkner: “As I long as I’m not in the dust of a rider in front I enjoy every moment at the Dakar. There is so much to see and experience during the two weeks, it’s such a unique race.”

Jordi Viladoms: “I’m now one of the more experienced riders so it’s good to be able to help the younger riders in the team. The goal is always to do a good job and fight for the first position.”

Joan Barreda: “I’ve been training with dirt bikes and also the Honda CRF450 RALLY. I’ve also been doing a lot of navigational work with roadbooks ahead of the Dakar.”

Hélder Rodrigues: “The bike has been evolving well this year and helped us to get some encouraging results. The whole year has been building up towards racing in South America.”

Vladimir Chagin: “We had a very useful testing session in Kazakhstan where we found lots of terrain similar to what we will find in South America. The trucks are ready to depart for the Dakar and I have confidence in the whole team to do a great job.”

Ayrat Mardeev: “We’re constantly trying to think of something new, of some improvements, because you know there’s no limit to perfection and you’ve always got to be thinking of things you could do that others aren’t doing yet.”

Andrey Karginov: “We have been prepping for it the whole year for the Dakar, tuning up our vehicles, doing physical training and preparing psychologically for the big race.”

Eduard Nikolaev: “Our steering has been revamped, the brakes have been improved and a lot of work has gone into the engine to squeeze out every bit of horse power.”

Marcos Patronelli: “I’m racing to represent Argentina and to try and win another Dakar. This is the hardest race in the world and so of course it’s difficult, but it’s also a great adventure that I always enjoy”

Mohamed Abu Issa: “It has been a strong year for the team and myself. Finishing second in the 2015 FIM Quads Cross-Country Rallies Championship has got me hungry to taste even more success in this sport.”

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