Le Havre Dakar Shipping

As you may have read on my last post, i was rushing to go to Le Havre to ship my Husaberg FE 450cc Rally bike and to search for someone to help me out with the spare parts, engines and tyres because i have no budget or money left. Well i made it 1.300 km in 14 hours, drove all the night with my father exchanging driver when tired. We had no sleep and once we got there finished some stuff on the bike such as the mousse and tyres. Incredibly thanks to Antonello Chiara (the organizer of the Sardinia Rally Race) and thanks to the famous atv world champion Camelia Liparoti i got the chance to load all my stuff on her assistance truck!!! Couldn’t believe that a champion like her was helping me mr. no one with my first Dakar!!! Not only it is a great honour for me but having the help of such an expert like her will also be a good chance to get some important advice. After loading my things i went directly to get my Iritrack and GPS mounted, did the administrative checks, got my number plates and loaded the bike for Argentina!!!!!!wohoooooooo Obviously having no budget and starting to have a few debts in order to economize, me and my father drove directly back to Italy without stopping for sleep. In the end in the last 58 hours we maybe slept 5-6 hours sat down on the van while the other was driving, pretty tired as you may see in the last photo and now i will probably fall asleep after this post. Here some photos of my adventure!!! There was so much fog the other night when i started driving!


Mission Accomplished! Back home for training and sponsor search!!

About the Author
Born on the 20/07/1988 in Italy i started racing motocross at the age of 6yrs and for many years competed in the italian motocross and supercross championship. In 2004 just for fun i tried racing in Enduro and Rallies and incredibly the same year i turned pro! Now at the age of 23 i am racing for Husaberg in the world rallies championship and heading to the Dakar in 2012. Together with my sport career i also write as journalist/bike tester for an Enduro Magazine and also study business and management at college.
  1. The Race Shop Reply

    Congratulations, you made it! We’ll be watching you in the Rally — Good luck! You’ll do great!

  2. Neil Ringdahl Reply

    Awesome bike Manuel! Suerte para el rally amigo!

  3. Carlo Alberto Reply

    Manuel, tu incarni il vero spirito dakariano!
    So che sei una grande manetta, quindi se quest’anno farai una bella gara, può darsi che la capitalizzerai nel futuro, con la possibilità di correre con qualche team, e non più da super-privato.
    Ma credo che l’entusiasmo che ci stai mettendo e la soddisfazioni che stai provando oggi, per il sogno che si avvera, ti resteranno per tutta la vita!
    Ed eventuali future Dakar corse con team di appoggio non ti daranno lo stesso sapore di eccezionalità di questa, anche se dal punto di vista prettamente racing, con un team avrai modo di pensare veramente più alla gara ed alla classifica, come ti compete.
    Chi non ha mai partecipato ad una Dakar in moto non sa cosa vuol dire. La guida del mezzo può essere uguale a quella in un altro rally, ma il coinvolgimento mentale è totale per 24 h al giorno per tutti i giorni di gara.
    Ora che non hai più da pensare alla moto ed alla cassa, rilassati, rifinisci la preparazione fisica e soprattutto mentale, perchè farà la differenza.
    Un grande in bocca al lupo.
    Buon divertimento

  4. Brian Moseley Reply

    Terrific work! This is the type of information that should be shared around the web. Shame on the search engines for not positioning this post higher!

  5. Alan - Il Biciaio Reply

    Ciao , oggi abbiamo ti abbiamo mandato un piccolo contributo per poterti aiutare …un pochetto di benzina che ti servirà nel tuo sogno..sei un grande comunque vada,,in bocca al LUPO.. Bicio-Alan

    • Manuel Lucchese Reply

      Crepi il lupo!!!! Cavolo grazie infinite per il supporto!!!!! Sara un’enorme piacere avere i vostri nomi sulla mia giacca!!!!! :)

  6. Andrew Wilmt Reply

    Fantastic Manuel! So happy for you that you are in! Will be watching your progress closely during the event. Ride hard and ride smart! Best of luck!

  7. Richard Allen Reply

    It was such a pleasure to meet you this past weekend in the California Desert and listen to your 2012 Dakar experiences. Stay with your dreams. I strongly believe you will be successful at Dakar 2013.
    Good Luck !!

    • Manuel Lucchese Reply

      Thanks bro!!!! was a really fun weekend and was great to meet you!!! lets keep in touch and when you come to Italy let me know!!!! 😀

      • Richard Allen Reply

        How long do you plan to stay in the USA? I understand there is a group of advanced riders from the AltRider weekend planning to do BAJA in the next few weeks. Want to go?

        • Manuel Lucchese Reply

          Hi Richard! Unfortunately i had to come back to Italy for a bike show and infact had no time even to check out my blog. This weekend i am going to race round 1 of the Baja World Cup here in Europe!! You plan on coming to Europe any time this year?? In my plans would be to race the Baja 1000 in november but depends a lot on how many sponsors i find because my priority is Dakar :)

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