ATG participates in the famed Dakar rally race as sponsor of Dutch motorcyclist Bas Nijen Twilhaar—the motivated, talented, and persevering 36-year-old of the five-man BAS team.
* What does Bas do when he’s not racing in the Dakar rally?
Bas lives in the Czech Republic since 18 years ago, and together with his girlfriend, they run the Country Hill Enduro Guesthouse. It’s a true motorcross hangout with a unique concept: comfortable accommodation, delicious food, cozy drinks by the campfire, relaxation in the sauna…and only a few motorbike rides away from the Czech mountains. The guesthouse can accommodate up to 18 guests.
* As a sportsman, was motorcyling his first love?
Not his first, but definitely his greatest. Bas is a fanatic sportsman, and he started his athletic career as a skier. He took part in many ski competitions throughout Europe. But his passion for motorcycling defeated his love for skiing.
* How did his motocycling career start?
He got his first motorcycle, a small-wheeled Suzuki 80cc, from the boys who lived next door to him. They loved to start it up and noticed how Bas was completely fascinated by it. Bas went over to their place often, but only to show them how to use certain parts properly.
* Is Bas good with his hands?
Bas studied metalworking and automotive engineering. He was even enrolled in maritime studies. He enjoys working with his hands and has built his own house in the Czech Republic in three years’ time. MaxiFlex gloves are therefore perfect for him.
* What is his biggest dream?
Bas has always wanted to travel around the world since he was a kid. He is still chasing after this dream and has realized parts of it: he went backpacking in Australia, he lives in the Czech Republic, he races in the Dakar Rally, … His biggest dream is still a trip around the world on his motorcycle.
* What is the best invention ever, according to him?
According to Bas, the best invention ever is the motorcycle. He can use it with everything he loves: sport, adventure, travelling, mechanics, visiting friends, …
* Is Bas afraid of anything?
If there is one thing Bas is afraid of, it is the extreme heat during the Dakar Rally. This can go up to 50 degrees Celsius in the South American desert while he’s wearing motorcycle gear and clothing, and not a t-shirt and shorts. The heat also causes many rally racers to give up.
* Who inspires Bas?
Marc Coma is his Dakar hero: a fast and smart and, most importantly, sympathetic rider.
* What is his goal in the Dakar Rally 2015?
His goal in the Dakar Rally 2015 is not to win the race, but rather to finish it together with his teammates and to enjoy the beautiful nature surroundings and the friendly people. He is also one of the very few racers with a GoPro camera on his helmet. With this, everyone can capture Bas’s experience as a Dakar racer from his point of view.
Follow Bas’s stories about Dakar 2015 here and on ATG’s Facebook page.
For more info about Bas, visit www.dakarbas.nl and on https://www.facebook.com/bastiaan.nijentwilhaar.