29 dezembro 2006

Ullevalseter cheio de ambição

Norwegian rider Pal Anders Ullevalseter is aiming for a top five finish on January’s Dakar Rally, after winding up his preparations for the event.

Ullevalseter, 38, has competed on the event five times – always on a KTM - in the motorcycle category, peaking with fifth place in 2004.

And equalling that result would make him a very happy man indeed – especially as his privateer entry will be fighting against the might of the works KTM and Yamaha teams.

He said: “I know that my bike's maximum speed is not high enough to compete with the very top competitors on the fastest stages. So on those days I will try not to lose too much time and I will try to compensate on the technical stages.

“I will be very happy again if I finish this Dakar around the 5th position”.

After starting his motorcycle career in Motocross aged 18, Ullevalseter progressed onto rally raids in 2002, and claimed the world title two years later – and took third in this year's series.

The rider has been one of the most consistent finishers on the Dakar over the past five seasons, claiming top-ten positions every year except 2005, when he broke his collarbone in a crash and was forced to withdraw.

fonte: eurosport.com

1 comentário:

Anónimo disse...

do you reckon any motorbike insurance company is brave enough to offer these guys a policy?!