Yes seems his ribs are holding him back a bit, just hope he does not turn in to another gofundme slimey begger like him in the picture above.He comes across as a really decent fella, interesting seeing an incredibly talented rider taking on the Dakar and feeding back so honestly.
Obviously on a totally different level (one day he might be as good as me 😂 ) on this kind of event it is all about the navigation, doing your own thing is part of that, but it is difficult to go a different way than all of the tracks others have taken. Also the ability to read the terrain/dunes, the lack of shadows is a big one. you see different shades of sand and it looks like a hollow, I rember one of the leading cars in the ADDC coming up behind me and passing I saw what I thought was a hollow and thought what are you doing you are going to crash but it was fine it was just different shades of sand, he knew that clearly.Great video. You can see where the money goes!
I reckon if he started Dakar 5 years earlier he'd be right up there. And he is only going to get better now. I wonder he will continue for a few years. Hope so.