GB Dakar Rider Paul Jay Call for support

Picture: GB Dakar rider Paul Jay picking up the new Honda CRF450X from the Richard Alexander, Managing Director of  Tippetts Motors (Surbiton) Ltd.

After receiving confirmation from ASO of my acceptance to ride in “The Dakar” in January 2013 I excitedly rang up my major sponsor to let them know it was all on, it was actually happening! To hear in reply that they were sorry but they have had their marketing budget dramatically cut and they couldn’t unfortunately finance my Dakar ride this time round!

Massive blow, as I’d had arranged to have a bike built ready and waiting for me on the start line and a full support deal with a major Honda Rally team. I went this route as I believed it to be the most hassle free option available, leaving me to concentrate on training and work. Time for a re-think, and unfortunately you can’t help yourself slipping into those negative thoughts, “was it actually meant to be this time round?” I’d seriously been planning to ride in “The Dakar” for over 20 years, to fulfil a childhood dream, training specifically tailored to “The Dakar” for the last couple of years, riding in heat, altitude and long, long days. Can it all be called to an abrupt stop this easily? In the same month my Uncle Bud, “Alec Jay” who got me into off road riding and has support and mentored me in many way’s passed away from Cancer. Time for some major reflection and questioning “what’s it’s all about”? The answer is clear to me now: “don’t live life with regrets, it’s too short”!

With renewed focus and determination, I was straight on the phone to my local Honda dealer “Tippetts Motors” in Surbiton who have come up trump’s with a deal on a new Honda CFR450X and a spares support package. Now all I need is all the Rally equipment that will fit on the Honda CFR450X and I’m there one way or another!    I have about 6 weeks remaining now to build a Dakar Rally bike ready for pre-inspection in Le Havre France along with the all spares and personal belongings I need for 22nd November 2012. Once the bike has been inspected it gets loaded on to the boat with all the spares and with everyone else who’s competing in The Dakar,  to arrive in Peru for late December.

So, If anyone out there has a full rally kit for a Honda CRF450X or any rally navigation parts kicking around in the back of the shed, I’d be very grateful for a call on 07597 086914 or email on You can also get all my contact details and follow my progress on my blog web site . Plus, If there is anyone else who’s going out to the next Dakar and thinks they can help in some way in support before or during the event or has some spare cash hanging around to help out with the huge cost of competing in “The Dakar”, please feel free to get in contact J.

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Dakar 2013 Route

The 35th edition of the Dakar will also be the 5th to take place on the South American continent, which has hosted the event since 2009. From 5th to 20th January 2013, the competitors will follow the route between Lima in Peru and Santiago in Chile, with a rest day planned at San Miguel de Tucuman in Argentina. The desert will be on the programme from the first days of the rally, for the first time in its history.

The riders and drivers on the 2012 Dakar discovered the Peruvian version of the desert. Struck by its splendor but also its technical demands, in this setting of sea and sand, they experienced a highly intense sequence before the finish in Lima. For the next edition, the Peruvian capital will play host to the start of the rally, with the promise of holding an exceptional challenge in store for those who take part; one that is simply equal to the test they have to face each year. At the end of the journey, the rally will finish for the first time in Santiago. Chile, which, in the Atacama, has been the theater to most of the unpredictable developments during the last four editions, will have the opportunity to celebrate the heroes of the Dakar in its capital city. Over the thousands of kilometers that they will have to tackle, the competitors will distance themselves from the Pacific Ocean as the event is spiced up by a detour via Argentina. On the other side of the Andes Mountains, the variety of terrains will put all the competitors’ capacities to adapt to the test. With a reworked spread of difficulties and a new perspective on the discovery of the continent’s geography, the Dakar 2013 is emerging as the event for which both the elite and amateurs of the rally raid discipline prepare all year long. Registration will open for all the categories (bikes, quads, cars and trucks) on 15th May.

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Training in Wales

Training in Wales with

Excellent weekends riding on the 10th & 11th of March with Craig and Tams, helping out with some coaching and demonstrating techniques on a new piece of land for the “Black Desert Training Team”. I’d taken two bikes down with me for the weekend. The Ex Paul Edmondson CR250 to try out a new rear shock and new carb needle, plus the fire breathing Rally tuned CFR450x which i intend to use as my Dakar bike. I’d brought the CRF down to mainly test the new gearing and new suspension with the added bonus of getting Craig’s opinion if i was going down the right route with this bikes development.

Saturday first thing we covered basic techniques on balance, bike control and the importance of warming up before we moved on for some trail riding and the wood’s. In the wood’s Craig and Tam’s had been busy setting out arrowed course’s and pinning down logs in different configurations for the lad’s to try through out the day. One of the courses was a tight tree lined course with ditches and stream crossings. The previous rains had made the moss covered ground very soft and they slowly turned into bottomless rut’s exposing some tricky roots. After the original line had become almost unridable Craig suggested I have a go and demonstrate how to get through it all. Fired the CR up and cleared it out best i could as it was running rich (i still need to do some fetterling with the jetting on the carb). There’s only one way through this lot now i thought, just hit it fast and maintain as much momentum as possible, somehow got out the other side! Craig then feeling he’s missing out on some fun nicked my CR and flew through the lot as well, that cleared the bike out well and truly, great fun was had by all! Everyone energy levels were getting low by now so we started to call it a day with a trail ride back to the van’s. So on to a quick wash and down to the pub for a lovely steak, a few beer’s and the sharing of tales from the day. This led to the inevitable Dakar stories, I’d met a few more off road bike riders, made some new friends that shared the same dream of riding “The Dakar”, how many of us are out there i wonder?

Sunday morning the sun was starting to come out and the trail riding had take on a totally different feel to it all, where did those views come from, magnificent! After some more advanced balance and bike control techniques we moved onto fire road corners, taking them faster and more safely. Then on to the hills deeper in the forest. Again we came across numerous premarked out course varying in degrees of difficulty as we moved up higher and higher. We had a great day and the whole group nearly made it up the last course/climb, which I’d grade as a hard route. By then they were all getting knackered and i think the energy levels where the only thing holding us back from beating the mountain by the end of the second day. I’d bought my CFR450x out for second day to test it out and to let Craig have a go as i respect his opinion of it as a base bike to build for the Dakar. This had put a smile on Craig face, he liked it and we soon started talking Dakar, “Come on Craig, are you going to ride in the next Dakar I asked?” that look was in his eyes, he was a thinking! The CRF was awesome, pulls like a train and handles superbly. Think I’ll need to fit a steering damper next, bit twitchy at high speed though, but it’ll probably be a different story with all the extra weight of the larger fuel tanks and the navigational equipment on board. I’ve defiantly chosen the right bike for me to use in the Dakar rally, i love it and i trust it! As we returned back to the quarry start area i couldn’t resist having a go at the 60 degree quarry face. Took it in third first time up, to fast, got air off the top! Back down for another go, in second this time, that was better. Tams was the only other rider to have a go and straight up she went, no problem. When she came back down she said that reminded her of the Dakar! So thats what I’ve got to look forward to by the sounds of it, excellent! Packed the van up and a four hour drive home with a big smile on my face while chilling to so some tunes. The time just flew by, i wanted to keep on driving and make the weekend last for ever!

Thank you “Black Desert Training” i had an excellent weekend riding with you guys as did everyone else.

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PJ’s Welcome

Hi, I’m Paul Jay and after dreaming of riding The Dakar Rally for longer than I can remember and seriously aiming to enter and training accordingly for it for the last 10 years in IN!

The first challenge of The Dakar is to make the commitment to enter, commit to spend at least £50k, commit to getting fit, hopefully keep injury free, and finally, to stay focused, maintain concentration and enough energy to get me to the finish….Oh, and get a lot of luck, I’ll need it!!! I hope my web site and updates are enjoyable, i intend to share as much information as possible along the way, thank you. PJx

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