The 2016 Dakar champion hurt his scaphoid bone while training a few weeks ago, but he got it fixed in time for the start. The Australian rider plans to take it easy at the start to hold onto the leaders until the finish.
“I ended up breaking a scaphoid, on the right side, but we got it fixed and it should be half-decent. We’ll see how the race goes, we’re here and that’s the main thing. I’m happy to kick the race off. There’s a little bit of pain, for sure, the scaphoid’s not the best bone to be breaking, but I’m still comfortable. I’ll take it relaxed, looking forward for the right position where we can fight. Everyone’s here to win, we’ll definitely go full gas. All the teams have got top riders. Even if KTM has been winning everything for a while, no-one is the boss of the Dakar.”
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