So, there was a looming question about mechanic choice not only for Dakar but for the entire season, including the World Championship Rounds. With the decision made to go with FrontRow GB and an agreement that I'd have the opportunity to choose one of the team mechanics (mine!), with Sardinia just around the corner I needed to make that call. So, who would it be?
I thought long and hard about this, I mean it’s not an easy decision to make, especially if you know me and know how meticulous I am with my bikes. I’d hate to be that person receiving orders from me in the bivouac! I thought of all my friends initially and there are few I would trust, but none that really show that keen eye or meticulousness that I would want. Next I thought, who would I trust, more than anyone to put 110% into getting the bike ready to ride (near perfect) for the next morning, whatever condition I handed it over in. Who would stay calm in all situations, work well as part of a team, know when it was the right time to get the big hammer out or the feeler gauges and micrometer. Who would understand the logistics of a motorsport event thoroughly from years of experience organising and managing many different forms of Motorsport? The answer, and I could only come up with one......my Dad.
He was the person that taught me how to ride and showed me the way all those years ago, not only with the riding but with the mechanic side of things too! He has worked magic on everything from 100 year old vintage cars to fire breathing Subaru Rally Cars and he is always the person I call to discuss technical problems with. He has not done much with me and my racing for the past 15 years but he’s always followed my progress closely. This year he is 60 years old and what better way to celebrate this than taking my ‘old man’ along with me on this massive journey / adventure. With this in mind, I called Stan Watt from FrontRow GB to talk the option though and he thought it was a fantastic idea. I then asked my Dad face to face if he’d be up for the challenge and the look on his face said it all, surprised to be asked but there's nothing he would love more than to do this for me.
Decision made, welcome to the team Dad!
Now, let's get the trailer loaded up Dad and get on the road to Sardinia. I have to work so I'll meet you in Sardinia at the airport on Thursday morning!