|“And there are more things just like that. For example, because of a different design, The Queen had to be tarped again. And that’s a lot of work that takes almost two days.”
“The Queen took a lot of time and effort. Everything was fixed, renovated, and changed. All the shafts, tubes, compressors, and all other important parts are new. The Queen is proven and reliable and while it’s not as fast as Praga, it still delivers great performances. That’s why I think that the guys can be near us,” believes Pokora.
Fly in the right direction
While preparation is important and a well-thought strategy and resilient determination of all team members are the only way to succeed, one moment is all it takes for everything to fall apart in the most difficult marathon rally in the world.
“It all sounds beautiful and I wish it could be all just like that, but Dakar offers so many different scenarios. I’ve experienced a lot at Dakar, so I know that we can’t evaluate until the finish line. Well, in case everything goes well, and we indeed finish. At this moment, I can only hope that everything is going to run smoothly, the trucks will fly in the right direction and without technical hiccups,” says Aleš Loprais who knows that he needs to keep both feet on the ground.
The Czech and Slovak participants of Dakar Rally will head to Saudi Arabia right after Christmas, on a special flight. The Instaforex Loprais Praga Team is going to do the last test for both trucks during the official shakedown, that starts on December 30 and ends on the New Year’s Day. All the technical and administrative scrutineerings will take place in Jeddah on January 1 and 2.
The Dakar Rally 2021 officially begins on Saturday, January 2 with an 11-kilometre long Prologue, that is going to determine the starting order for the opening leg. From Sunday, January 3 until Friday, January 15, the crews will face 12 legs that are 7,646 kilometres long, out of which 4,767 kilometres are going to be timed.