“Not far from the position I was hoping for”
Throughout the years, Emanuel Gyenes has become one of the best privateers in the bike class. The Romanian enduro specialist who first appeared on the Dakar back in 2007 when it was in Africa, managing to finish at a fine 46th spot, has since then opened a great path to glory. The rider from Satu Mare first made the headlines in 2010 when he captured 17th spot, capturing victory in the Marathon class. Since then he has become a specialist in that category of amateur bikers. After a three-year break he returned to the event to win the class in style and reach the finish in 21st position. A year later he did even better, moving up to 14th spot despite loosing his Marathon trophy to Mario Patrao. A performance he knew would be tough to beat. Registered in Super Production last year, the Romanian had to be satisfied with another Top 20 finish despite struggling with a one hour penalty. For his 8th Dakar, Gyenes returns to the Marathon class with the clear objective to triumph again.
"It was two very difficult weeks on the last Dakar. In Bolivia I had problems with navigation. The toughest moment was when, on the rest day, I received the news that I was given a one hour penalty due to the fact that I went out of the one mile racing radius to find some food. That penalty made me drop down to 29th place and I honestly did not think I could get to the top 20. But at the end I pushed hard, had some luck and got to 17th place overall and that result wasn't very far from what I was hoping.”