Dakar: The most extreme challenge? Two words – ‘malle moto’ (VIDEO)

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You have to be wired a little differently to be a racer. That’s more or less acknowledged for guys and gals who willingly risk their lives in pushing the limits of themselves and their machines.

But within the Dakar Rally is a group of motorcycle riders that, together, may be the bravest and craziest of them all. For them, their Dakar challenge boils down to two words – malle moto.

In this class, competitors face the dangers of the Dakar on their own. No service crews. No assistance from anyone. Just themselves, their bikes, their wits, and one metal box to pack spare gear in. The race officials transport said boxes to each bivouac so riders can work on their bikes further after they’ve competed on the stages.

One of the riders in malle moto is Dutch rider Jurgen van der Goorbergh. The longtime MotoGP veteran has also become a regular in the Dakar with six overall appearances since 2009.

But for 2015, he’s embraced the toughest test in the world’s toughest rally.

“You get beyond your limits,” he says about malle moto. “It’s like…climbing Mount Everest without oxygen.”

For a closer look at what the Dutchman endures daily on the Dakar, check out the profile above.

Indy Lights: Askew clinches 2019 title while VeeKay wins Laguna Seca race 1

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MONTEREY, Calif – Rinus VeeKay may have won the first race of the weekend’s Indy Lights doubleheader at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca Saturday afternoon, but all all eyes post-race were all on the driver who finished the race in the fourth position.

That driver was Oliver Askew, who by simply starting the 30-lap event at the famed road course won the 2019 series title, along with the 2020 NTT IndyCar Series scholarship that guarantees a minimum of three races next season.

“It’s all sinking in,” Askew told NBC Sports following the race. “I’m really happy to be part of this team. They’re back to back champions now in Indy Lights, and I feel very fortunate to be driving in this car this year.

“This is what we worked for all year. I’m very happy to be in this position and I can’t wait to celebrate with my team.”

With the championship in Askew’s possession from the get-go, the best VeeKay could do for in race 1 was to win in dominant fashion. He went on to do just so.

After starting the race from the pole position, VeeKay led every lap from start to finish en route to his fifth victory of the season.

“We managed the car well and kept the car consistent throughout the whole race,” VeeKay said. “I got a great car from the team so I want to give a big shout out to them for giving me a winning car.”

Behind VeeKay, Portland race 2 winner Toby Sowery finished the race in the second position, while Robert Megennis finished third.

Live streaming coverage of race two of the Indy Lights doubleheader at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca begins tomorrow afternoon at 12:10 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Gold.

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