Botswana’s motorcyclist, Vincent Crosbie’s 2015 dream to compete at the world’s most gruelling off-road spectacle, Dakar Rally, has become reality. The biker is busy competing with some of the world’s best in the bid to fly this country’s flag high which is not popular in the car tussles.
As of Friday standings, the 27 year old Crosbie was still holding position 40 on his KTM bike 2.2 class the local lad is expected to represent Botswana with dignity though not under any pressure to bring glory home since it is his first experience. Today, they will begin stage six before resting on Sunday. Crosbie who was part of the 2015 crew that competed at the race as an assistant to a Zambian motorcyclist David Reeve just hopes to reach the finish line and doesn't want to worry about a position in the standings.
The motorcyclist has thus far endured 692km of the targeted 9000 kilometres to be completed in 14 days. “My first memories of the Dakar go back to when I was young watching the race on TV with my dad. It was a dream back then and getting older, it became a belief. It all really started in 2015 when David Reeve asked me to come as a mechanic. I realised that 80% of the competitors were normal guys. I realised that it was possible. I'm going to do this. I was overwhelmed at the time, seeing the magnitude of such an event. I'm young; I come from an average family. I want to prove to people that no matter their background, they can do the Dakar,” Crosbie said prior to the race.
The motorcyclist has competed in various challenges such as the Khawa dune challenge and the Kalahari 1000 kilometres Desert Race. In South America, Crosbie will decorate his CV as he will compete in a more different and challenging terrain. “This race is intended to test the endurance of a man and the machine to the extreme with not only the terrain but the navigation as well.
Throughout the 14 days there are no GPS's allowed, all navigation is done via a road book. All of these elements make it the toughest and longest off-road event in the world. Just to be able to finish is an achievement. It will test my mind, body and soul,” said the ecstatic Crosbie.
Though it was difficult for the athlete to see his dream materialise as financial doldrums hovered over his head, Brand Botswana bailed him out at the last minute to pursue the dream he had when he was still a boy. Crosbie needed an overall of P1.5 million, with an entry fee of 14,800.00 Euros of which will enable him to fly the Botswana flag high and allow him to represent the country in motorsport's most gruelling challenge.
The Funds which were donated by some Batswana and Brand Botswana went go towards the following: Entry Fee, Flights, Accommodation, Rally Bike Rental, Mechanical Maintenance, Tyres and Mousses (10 sets of front and back, Rally Bike Spares, Mechanic & Support Crew, Racing Kit (racing jackets, pants, shirts), Supplements, Sponsors Decals/Sticker Kit for Rally Bike, Licensing & Insurances and Navigation Equipment.
Other sponsors that supported Crosbie’s dream are : Brand Botswana – Our Pride ; Your Destination ; Naledi Motors ; Wes bank ; De Vrye ; Botswana Tourism Organization ; Time Projects ; O3 ; Smokey Cocktails ; PPC Cement ; White Star ; IT IQ ; USN ; Medswana ; Aluminum 2000 ; JT Racing.
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