‘No turning back after Malle Moto’
The Malle Moto class is a small extra class for just 20 riders that are demonstrably insane. They forgo all support, their spares are limited and their possessions must fit in a steel box transported by the organisation.
Dakar veteran Jurgen van den Goorbergh has entered the race every year since 2009 and has raced Malle Moto for the last two years, winning the class in 2016.
“I just don’t think it’s that interesting to do it on a motorbike with a team anymore. Once you’ve done Malle Moto, I don’t think there’s any way back. Why fight for 20th, when you can enter Malle and fight for victory? And – you know what? – we still help each other. On the day itself, you go for it, but back in the bivouac I will help Robert or I will help Lyndon. It’s a family.
“I also made the challenge even bigger this year by building my own bike. My bike is just an enduro bike with a kit I’ve fitted myself. It had some advantages in that it’s about 20kg lighter, but it’s less stable so it shakes a bit on the straights. It also has less power, so I am at least 15kph slower than the other riders when full out.”
Veteran Jurgen van den Goorbergh