Motorcycle Types Adventure / Dual-Sport Chris Birch Preps for 2012 Dakar (Video)

Chris Birch Preps for 2012 Dakar (Video)

2011-chris-birch-preps-for-2012-dakar-video (1)

Chris Birch: The Road to Dakar Red Bull Video

Many nations will be represented at the 33th running of the Dakar Rally, including New Zealand.

And that country’s top rider in 2012 Dakar will be Christopher Birch, who has a list of accomplishments: five-time New Zealand Enduro Champion, three-time winner of the Roof of Africa, Red Bull Romaniacs 2010 Champion and South African Enduro champion.

Obviously a skilled rider, the 30-year old will tackle almost 5,600 miles in 15 days at 2012 Dakar aboard the Memo Tours Alfie Cox Team KTM 450 Replica.

And to further prep for 2012 Dakar, which begins Jan. 1 in Mar Del Plata, Argentina, and ends Jan. 15 in Lima, Peru, with only one day of rest, Chris Birch moved from New Zealand to South Africa to enhance his skills on terrain similar to that in South America. To assist in training, Birch took some tips from the South African legend and his team owner, Alfie Cox.

Christopher Birch (Memo Tours Alfie Cox Team KTM 450 Replica) says: “Having done many other rallies, the Dakar is the ultimate race, a huge challenge. You can’t say no to that. Now the Dakar is a lot different to extreme enduro which I normally do. It’s actually quite surreal that it’s happening.

“I really understood that while training in the dunes of Namibia. I’ll have to get used to the speed. Riding isn’t an issue; the biggest challenge is the length of the event and the lack of sleep. The main ambition is to finish. I first want to see how it goes during the first four or five days, and then I’ll see if I can make it to the Top 20.”

Attached above is a video of Birch as he preps for 2012 Dakar, courtesy of Red Bull.

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

2021 AMA Supercross and Motocross Pro Numbers: List and Analysis

Supercross starts up in January, and it’s time to match the latest crop of riders to the numbers on their motorcycles. The biggest news...

Cardo Packtalk Black and Prototype Headset Review: Racing Intercom

Cardo has been well known for its high-quality helmet-to-helmet communication systems for over a decade. Cardo uses Bluetooth technology in both is Packtalk and...

2021 Husqvarna FC 450 Rockstar Edition First Look (8 Fast Facts)

The triumvirate of 2020 AMA 450MX National Champion Zach Osborne, 2018 AMA Supercross Champion Jason Anderson, and Dean Wilson will all be racing motorcycle...

Shoei RF-1400 First Look: New Motorcycle Helmet

The folks at Shoei made the best of our pandemic situation with their unique launch of the new Shoei RF-1400. They shipped us the...

2021 Ducati Monster First Look [13 Fast Facts + Specs]

Amid these unique times when OEMs are usually launching their lineups at EICMA, Ducati spent the past five Wednesdays releasing new models. Many, like the...

2021 Ducati Monster Lineup First Look: 4 Models; 2 All-New

There’s a big shakeup in the Ducati Monster lineup for 2021. Say goodbye to the 797, 821, and 821 Stealth. Those three models are...