“Long term plans work out better”
Three years after his first appearance Toomas Triisa returns to the Dakar. Back in 2014, the Estonian had struggled before eventually reaching the finish in 52nd position. A bike rider from the young age of 8, Toomas is also an avid snowboarder. He shows up on the Dakar with high expectations as part of the Estonia team supported by HT Husqvarna and will once again have at his side his compatriot Mart Meeru. To make his adventure even more worthwhile, Triisa has decided to register in the malle-moto class. His ultimate and wildest dream on the Dakar would be to make it on the podium.
“When I was 8 years old, my father ask me if I wanted to try riding motorbikes. I answered yes and here I am now. I started with motocross, tried supermoto and for the last 6 years I've been competing in enduro races. My first Dakar was the accomplishment of a lifetime dream. I was a little disappointed with my position at the finish due to a broken bike on day 5. But for me the 2014 Dakar remains an unbelievable adventure. When I planned my first Dakar, I planned it like if it was just one race. That was a mistake. I should have made a 3-year plan for such a big event. The Dakar is a massive and expensive project. You need a lot of time to prepare for it. I think long term plans work out better. But yes, I'm back for 2017 and this time it'll be a new adventure in the malle-moto class. I focused on repairing my bike and getting more sleep during my preparation for the Dakar. I have two dreams for 2017: finishing and getting a good result. The ultimate dream would be to finish on the podium.”