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SA-Dakar 2012: Leonid Novitskiy "I will do my best to reach podium in Lima".





Russian pilot Leonid Novitskiy became a part of the X-Raid team (BMW and Mini) in 2008, and his Dakar-history started from 2007. Together with his co-driver Andreas Schulz from Germany, Novitskiy became a two-times winner of FIA Cross Country World Cup 2010 and 2011, so the other big goal of the crew is a podium in Dakar rally, which is a great passion for both crew members.

RRMG: How did the passion for the Dakar rally comes? What memories do you keep of last Dakar rallies?
 
Novitskiy: "I took part in my first Dakar in 2007 as an amateur. All I know was a numerous legends from other pilots who already had a pleasure to be a part of this great marathon event. When I put into Dakar, I really understood why million people consider this rally as most extreme and difficult and why it is skidded in the Guinness Book of Records. We finished the first time at 20th overall place and became the best amateur of that edition of the Rally.

Then Dakar became a passion and each year I feel myself in dependence of its spirit and power. I am preparing and waiting for it all the year. For me Dakar is a challenge to myself, my emotions and my physical abilities, to the nature in extreme race conditions and etc.

In 2009 there was my best Dakar because I finished the race in top-10, on 8th overall position and it also was the best result in our team X-Raid. And the main disappointment was the "South America Dakar 2011" because we had to retire after the fracture of my hand during the 5th stage."

RRMG: How do you make your preparation for the Dakar rally?

Novitskiy: "The preparation to Dakar is always very intensive, especially in last two month before start. In October we spent 10 days in Morocco during a testing session and the race. We worked very well with car settings and now all Mini and other race cars are in perfect condition and ready for race.

Our last activity was a team preparation session in Austria. We were in mountain, made a physical training course, and also a special criotherapy in order to mobilize the additional forces of our bodies."

RRMG: What do you expect from this 2012 edition? What are your main concerns and worries?

Novitskiy: "First of all, we expect a great battle with main rivals - team of Robby Gordon, Mitsubishi and new Toyota. The staff of all top-teams include professional and experienced drivers and co-drivers, so we should be very careful and attentive.

In second point, we expect a new route with a new terrain in Peru, which will be very demanding in sporting aspect. More over, Peru will be the last part of the route, so the risk to make a mistake will be higher, then in the beginning. Concentration should be kept until the last kilometer.

And finally, we expect the best results for our crew and team."

2011/12/26 | 17:16 CET | ARTICLE: MR/SY/RRMG/RALLYRAID.ES/CIFRE











SA-Dakar 2012: Robby Gordon loses Dakar excluding appeal and 5th place. | 10.04.2012 16:11 |




SA-Dakar 2012: Imperial Toyota South Africa team now officially 3rd & 10th. | 10.04.2012 15:13 |




SA-Dakar 2012: New rally-book about the Dakar "Tales From The Bivouac" | 29.03.2012 20:51 |




Dakar Rally 2013: Hungarian Opel Team - typical semi-team rallystory | 05.02.2012 01:04 |




SA-Dakar Rally: OSCar eO becomes the first electric vehicle to finish Dakar. | 29.01.2012 22:56 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Recap - Robby Gordon "Ready to start talking about 2013". | 22.01.2012 14:36 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Darren Skilton finished with the help of Australia´s Olholm. | 21.01.2012 22:20 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Third successive truck category win for Japanese Hino Trucks. | 19.01.2012 16:43 |




SA-Dakar Rally: The "real" car heroes - Xavier Foj wins T2 production class. | 16.01.2012 21:33 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Rally costs Peru 400 mio USD, country will be start in 2013. | 16.01.2012 18:57 |




SA-Dakar Rally: "Ginny" and "Schnietz" - A story of friendship and respect. | 16.01.2012 18:18 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Mitsubishi result - "Small moments have significant impact". | 16.01.2012 16:09 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Jihong/Min best Nissan & Chinese, Magnaldi 3rd in buggies. | 16.01.2012 14:51 |




SA-Dakar Rally: André Dessoude - "Not a difficult Dakar, but a complicated". | 16.01.2012 14:19 |




SA-Dakar Rally: History in Trucks - Iveco first time beat legendary Kamaz. | 15.01.2012 23:39 |




SA-Dakar Rally: "Dakar Dominator" - X-raid with 5 Mini and 3 BMW in Lima. | 15.01.2012 23:00 |




SA-Dakar Rally: First X-raid win - Quandt "Achieved our long-awaited goal". | 15.01.2012 22:38 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Sousa/Garcin in Top 10 - Great Wall "Let´s talk about future". | 15.01.2012 21:59 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Peterhansel, Foj, Chabot and De Rooy winners cars & trucks. | 15.01.2012 20:55 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Aprilia without changing engine - Duclos "Think about 2013". | 15.01.2012 20:37 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Husqvarna Speedbrain Team happy about 6 podium finishes. | 15.01.2012 20:19 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Kinigadner "Despres/Coma battle one of tightest in history". | 15.01.2012 20:05 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Cyril Despres 4th Dakar title ever, 11th for KTM from Austria. | 15.01.2012 19:03 |




SA-Dakar Rally RESULTS TRUCKS: Stage and Overall results SS14 - F I N A L | 15.01.2012 18:18 |




SA-Dakar Rally RESULTS CARS: Stage and Overall results SS14 - F I N A L | 15.01.2012 18:16 |




SA-Dakar Rally RESULTS BIKES: Stage and Overall results SS14 - F I N A L | 15.01.2012 17:32 |




SA-Dakar Rally TICKER: Dakar reaches Lima City - De Rooy winner in trucks. | 15.01.2012 16:32 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Third at first Dakar Rally - Toyota makes motorsport history. | 15.01.2012 16:17 |




SA-Dakar Rally TICKER: Peterhansel, Roma and De Villiers the car winners. | 15.01.2012 15:17 |




SA-Dakar Rally TICKER: That´s it for Bikes - Coma penalty, Despres winner. | 15.01.2012 15:07 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Ten Brinke/Baumel best Mitsubishi crew in 2012 and Top 10. | 15.01.2012 13:54 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Dessoude´s Zhou Jihong / Liao Min best Nissan after SS 13. | 15.01.2012 13:10 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Hino Trucks to achieve goal of winning "Under 10-litre class". | 15.01.2012 12:46 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Sensational 3rd place for Toyota - only 29 kms to finish line. | 15.01.2012 12:03 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Carlos Sousa and Great Wall gets back the 7th place overall. | 14.01.2012 22:46 |




SA-Dakar Rally: X-raid Peterhansel and Iveco De Rooy on the edge of glory. | 14.01.2012 21:58 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Aprilia´s Alain Duclos last factory-rider without engine change. | 14.01.2012 21:24 |




SA-Dakar Rally TICKER: Peterhansel wins in cars, Karginov-Kamaz in Trucks. | 14.01.2012 20:28 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Leader Cyril Despres "SS 13 was psychologically very tough". | 14.01.2012 19:59 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Speedbrain - "The final demanding test of this year´s race". | 14.01.2012 19:35 |




















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