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DAKAR 2019: Last desert training for ORLEN Team’s riders

Desert landscape full of dunes and conditions similar to those in January in Peru. ORLEN Team bikers have their last trainings before Dakar 2019 behind them – Maciej Giemza and Adam Tomiczek were improving their skills in United Arab Emirates.

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ORLEN Team is counting down the days to the most demanding rally in the world. There are only 16 days left to the start of Dakar. Maciej Giemza and Adam Tomiczek dedicated last week to trainings among sands of Dubai under the eye of ORLEN Team and Dakar Rally legend, Marek Dąbrowski. Competitors were training on enduro bikes, prepared for baja rallies.

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- Weather conditions, as well as terrain in Dubai ideally suit Dakar preparations. We spent a few days in the dunes to feel at ease on them in Peru and be able to keep a rally pace from the beginning. We were also working on condition and physical strength – it will be extremely important in Dakar Rally, where we’ll face very demanding special stages. Now I’m trying to regenerate my body in 110% to be hungry for riding in January – says Maciej Giemza, ORLEN Team competitor.

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- The camp in Dubai passed so quickly, and trainings in the dunes were very fruitful. I’m happy we could train cross country riding, because it had been a lot of time already since my last visit in the desert. Beside activities on motorcycles, we were also able to work on our shape riding bicycles or running. We were training near the dunes, so all the time our bodies were getting used to the conditions that we’ll face in Peru. Now all that’s left is to charge batteries and wait for the start – says Adam Tomiczek from ORLEN Team.

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41st Dakar Rally starts on 6th January 2019 in Lima, Peru. Organizers planned a route of more than 5500km, divided into 10 stages. Above 530 competitors will set to start, including 11 Poles, with 3 ORLEN Team competitors among them:

  • Kuba Przygoński – FIA World Cup for Cross Country Rallies 2018 winner
  • Maciej Giemza – FIM Junior Cross Country Rallies World Cup winner
  • Adam Tomiczek – 3rd in FIM Junior Bajas World Cup

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Source: ORLEN Team press release, translation: Anna Michalska, Rita Konya

 

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