A Bultaco motorcycle is not exactly a well known recent motorcycle, and it's not one you'd expect to be seen racing in the upcoming Dakar rally, but you'd be wrong. Despite the demise in 1983 of the "old" Spanish motorcycle manufacturer (the company was started by the former MotoGP racer Sete Gibernau 's grandfather), some brave soul decided to enter in the Dakar on a 1978 Bultaco.
Spanish rally racer, Ignacio Chivite , already has quite some racing experience on his "old" bike. The Bultaco Pursang 370, a 2-stroke bike, modified for long distance rallies, won the 2007 Pyramids Rally for classic bikes and in 2008 he raced in the Heroes Legend, ending 4th in the classic motorcycle category. So he's not a novice, but the Dakar has no "Classic Motorcycles" category, so he'll be up against an army of KTM, BMW, Honda and even Aprilia 450s. On top of that, he's not going to be able to scrounge for spare parts at the other teams, since he's the only one riding this brand. And he only uses 2-stroke gas. Gutsy!
It takes a very courageous person to race a classic bike, with probably a lot of kilometers on the odometer, in world's toughest motorcycle race. To subsidize his endeavor, he's selling t-shirts.
Let's hope he makes it back to Buenos Aires in one piece.
You can follow his preparation, since Ignacio has a blog. Click here to read it . (in Spanish)