Dakar Malle Moto Documentary

Lyndon Poskitt does Dakar Malle Moto... Courtesy of Adventure-Spec

Lyndon Poskitt does Dakar Malle Moto… Courtesy of Adventure-Spec

The Dakar Rally is known to be the roughest, toughest race in the world.  The Malle Moto sub-class is nestled among the 4 main classes – Motorbikes, Quads, Cars and Trucks.  This is the most brutal class of all…

Malle Moto punishes…

Dakar has become a large-scale operation since its inception in 1978.  Heavily funded teams obtain large sponsorship deals, since the money required to compete on the highest level has skyrocketed.  The bivouac areas are filled with sophisticated equipment manned by highly technical support crews.  Seemingly unlimited budgets, and the gear that produces, appear to  dominate the landscape.  And then there is the Malle Moto class…

Lyndon Poskitt had been racing various amateur classes of motorcycles for most of his life.  Perhaps the culmination of his racing experience being a successful completion of the Dakar Rally.  That race was run with full sponsorship and support crew.  A few years back he decided to leave a well-paying job and comfortable life, and head off on a life-changing adventure.  Ride around the world, hitting over 50 countries and covering over 150,000 kilometers.  Adventure-Spec, an on-line retailer offered to help with the trip and work the adventure into a filmed series called “Races to Places.”  At a certain point, it dawned on Mr. Poskitt that he would like to point his bike towards South America, with the Dakar Rally in his sights.  The difference this time would be that he would complete in the Malle Moto class, sans support or help of any kind…

Help?  Not so fast…

The Malle Moto class at Dakar stands alone as the class that does not allow help of any kind.  The only exception being that a rider may use the on-site tire swapping services.  Armed only with the bike, a single box of parts and tools, and two spare wheels, riders must successfully ride and maintain their own bikes.  In addition to this grueling task, the riders also must set up their own camp each night, procure their own food and generally complete the race with zero support.

Watch the documentary above to get the amazing story of this man’s experience at the 2017 Dakar rally…

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