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Eddieb
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  • Town/City: Tauranga
  • Bike: BMW R100GS, Ducati Mark 3 250 narrow case
Rank: Round the World Adventure Globetrotter

Dakar is over and Phil MADE IT ALL THE WAY!

Phils final placing was 53rd overall in the bikes.

Phils’ KTM 450RR Dakar machine.

Dakar 2020 road book symbols

Ross Branch’s story is worth a watch, In a crash he separated his shoulder and severed the tip of a finger and damaged his KTM enough to destroy its navigation tower and lose his rear tyre. He rode the remainder of the stage on the rim until 400 metres before the finish line when his chain snapped.
Unable to push his tyre-less bike through the soft sand on his own, another competitor stopped and helped Ross push the bike over the line.

To top all that he was on the start line the next morning and still with the damaged shoulder and finger finished the stage in 3rd place!

Ross Branch was one of Phils team-mates and in this video you can see Phil helping tow Ross back to the Bivouac.