Top off-roader among line-up for outback epic - inMyCommunity - Perth, Western Australia
THIS year’s Australasian Safari has just been elevated on the world scene with news that three-time Dakar winner Cyril Despres will compete in the punishing WA event.
The Frenchman is the most accomplished long-distance off-road motorbike rider in the world, with seven Dakar podium finishes in the last eight years.
He will join other top riders from the US, South Africa, New Zealand, Italy and the UAE in the seven-day challenge in September.
Last year’s event was viewed in more than 100 countries around the globe.
Despres said he was looking forward to the challenge of the Australasian Safari.
“Also I have done over 60 rallies in my career and the Safari is the only major event that I haven’t yet done,” he said.
Despres will come to Australia directly from the Rally dos Sertoes in Brazil with just his manager and a mechanic.
In Australia he will be supported by KTM Australia.
Motorsport fans can meet Despres and see his KTM450 Rally bike and 100 other moto, auto and quad bike entries at Hillarys Boat Harbour on September 22.