In contrast to the 2023 edition when 2013 Lightweight TT winner, fourteen times TT podium finisher James Hillier made his long-awaited debut, links to the pure road racing scene, were at a premium in this year’s Dakar Rally.
One competitor though, boasted an international roads pedigree, Amaury Baratin.
An event first timer in 2021, Baratin has previously competed at the Macau Grand Prix and TT Races.
Racing under the Horizon Moto 95 team banner, the French rider, 55th, 41st in the Supersport TT race-stints of 2005, completed the gruelling, energy sapping twelve stages, finishing overall 91st.
Outright honours were sealed yesterday by Monster Energy Honda’s Ricky Brabec.
In total more than 100 competitors (Motorcycle pilots) finished the world’s most acclaimed, notorious rally raid.
Photo credit: Michael Wincott
Words by Stevie Rial #dontletfearcontrolyou