Port Edward’s Gregory makes U-turn, plans Dakar return

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Motul SA recently hosted a behind the scenes Q and A evening at their offices in Kyalami with the view of the track setting an impressive backdrop for a fun-filled night.

In attendance were the Red-Lined Motoring Adventure Team, represented by Dakar veteran Terence Marsh and Port Edward motorcyclist Stuart Gregory, who both competed in Dakar 2019 with Motul as a sponsor.

Marsh’s Red-Lined team hosted three cars at this year’s Dakar for drivers from all over the world while Gregory competed in the toughest motorcycle category in the race, the Original by Motul class.

The purpose of the evening was to allow customers, partners and media to get behind the scenes details and find out more about what it takes to compete in the Dakar Rally.

After a brief introduction by Motul’s Area Manager for Eastern and Southern Africa, Mercia Jansen, the floor was opened to the 70 plus attendees who all got a fascinating insight into the strength of mind, body and character it takes to compete in the world’s most iconic rally event.

Stuart Gregory mingles at the Motul event. (Carli Smith ZCMC)

From the way ASO (who also organize the Tour De France) run the Dakar to the costs involved for both car and bike participation, everyone was captivated by the tales of hardship and endurance these competitors experienced.

After Gregory’s disappointing withdrawal from the event (due to engine failure), he was quoted as not being interested in competing in the Dakar again.

However, Gregory concluded his presentation at this event by confirming that he is keen to head back to the Dakar Rally with the intention of getting that finishers medal he so nearly came home with. His fund-raising drive started immediately as he sold the shirt off his back.

A great evening was had by all and guests left feeling inspired and having even more admiration for the competitors of one of the toughest rally events in the world.

LOOK BACK AT THE PORT EDWARD RIDER’S DAKAR JOURNEY HERE

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