Name of the Rider: David Thomas
Nationality: South African
Blood Group: B+
Vehicle: Husqvarna 450
Bike Service Crew: HT Rally Team
Personal Crew: Team David Thomas
Dakar: 1st DAKAR 2017
Objective for Dakar: Ride safe, strong and arrive at finish line
South African entrepreneur and amateur motorcycle competitor, David Thomas, will be making his lifelong dream a reality by taking on the longest and toughest off-road rally in the world, THE DAKAR RALLY.
He is Competitive, Determined, Focused, with only one goal in mind: to finish the Dakar safely.
DAKAR 2018 is DAVID’S second Dakar Rally. He will be riding a Husqvarna 450 Rally Bike, supported by his HT Rally team.
The race will take competitors through Peru, Bolivia and Argentina scaling altitudes of almost 4000m above sea level, through deserts and mountain ranges that will literally take their breath away travelling 9000 kilometres in 2 weeks!
David’s Racing CV
ENDURO MOTORCYCLE RACING
1991: Moved to mountain bike racing and started competing in Downhill Racing
1992: Won the SA Downhill Championship and qualified to represent South Africa at the Grundig World Downhill Championship in Quebec (Canada)
1993: Won A Class 3 Hour Enduro Race Ranked 18th in the world at the Downhill Championship in France
1994 – 2007: Won 9x Enduro Motorcycle Championships in the Western Cape
Roof of Africa
5 x Time completed (extreme enduro race in Lesotho)
Best Roof of Africa result: 6th overall
1999: Set a new record by winning 8 out of 8 enduro races and took the overall championship
2009: Absa Cape Epic (MTB Race)
2008 – 2011: Starts training for long distance rallies
2014: Red Bull Romaniacs (5 day extreme enduro in Romania)
2016: Qualified to the DAKAR 2017 by riding 2 international races alongside professional factory riders:
ABU-DHABI CHALLENGE 10th overall
MERZOUGA RALLY 18th overall
2017: Dakar 39th Edition
Countdown to Dakar 2018
COUNTDOWN TO DAKAR 2018