“Both rallies taught me a lot”
Back in 2014, Estonia was proudly represented on the Dakar with two competitors managing to start and finish the rally. Maart Meeru was one of them (with Toomas Triisa) and he went through hell to eventually capture a fine 40th position. A year later, this motorsports enthusiast, who started by riding jetskis and snowmobiles before switching to two wheels, managed to better his performance, becoming the first Estonian to do so, despite a broken finger. After a one year break, Meeru who is an entrepreneur in the forest and wood industry comes back with a new project: to compete in the malle-moto class. After climbing the Himalayan summit, it's time for a new Everest… but on the Dakar in South America.
“Riding a motorbike is the best feeling that a man can have… with his pants on! Before riding bikes, my other two passions were jetskis and snowmobile and they still are. The two Dakar rallies I competed in were very different for me. The first one was full of pleasure. I got halfway through the rally and it was already clear that I wanted to come back a second time. I really liked the way it went. The second one was full of trouble for me and for the bike. I broke my finger. To finish the Dakar was a dream to accomplish and I managed that the first year. The second finish was also sweet because it ended my suffering. Both rallies were long and they taught me a lot. I prepared myself like I have done for the other two Dakars. But this time I try to get to know my bike better. My goal is to finish my third Dakar and I'm going to do my best.”