Pushed to breaking point but refused to be broken Lyndon Poskitt, competing in Malle Moto wills himself to stay positive.
“Always try to stay positive,” emotional words spoken by Lyndon Poskitt before starting the penultimate stage of the 2017 Dakar Rally.
This extremely powerful entry into his #DakarHeroes video diary, really tells the story of just how tough competing in the Dakar is but also how demanding it is on those doing it without assistance like Poskitt in the Malle Moto category.
Pushing riders to breaking point, only those who refuse to be broken survive a race like this.
Regrouping following this video entry, Poskitt did exactly that. Clocking up another 1000 kilometres he not only finished Dakar 2017 but placed second in class. Heroic stuff.
Poskitt, has been travelling the world since 2014 on a KTM 690 Rally and has been relying on his own devices during all that time. During his travels, the former aircraft engineer participates in as many off road races as he can within a project of his called “Races2Places”.
Now, he has crowned this venture by almost winning a class of the Rallye Dakar 2017.
“It was the most brutal thing I ever did,” the 38-year-old motorcycle adventurer admits. “From January 2nd to 14th, the Rally covered a total distance of over 5,500 miles, all the way between Asunción in Paraguay and Buenos Aires in Argentina.
“And we experienced everything you can imagine: sweltering heat and icy cold, sand and mud, ice and snow, stages of more than 600 miles! Never in my life have I crashed this often!”
But the plucky Brit survived all these trials with only minor injuries, just as his bike, and clawed his way to a sensational second from an initial fifth place among a total of twelve “Malle Moto” riders who made it to the finish line.
Overall, Poskitt came in 39th overall out of the 167 starters on his Motorex Oil supported KTM, painted green with #100 in recognition of their 100th anniversary.
“We are very happy”, comments Edi Fischer, CEO of the Bucher MOTOREX group. “After all, this result is not only proof of Lyndon’s staying power but also of the merits of MOTOREX lubricants, even under the harshest conditions. I could not wish for a nicer present to commemorate the 100th birthday of MOTOREX.”