x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 20 January 2018

Battling the tough terrain

Rally Sardinia is the third race I have competed in this season, and yesterday was easily the most downbeat I have felt. Everything just seemed to work against me.

Rally Sardinia is the third race I have competed in this season, and yesterday was easily the most downbeat I have felt. Everything just seemed to work against me. After a horrific night's sleep in a tent that had to be pitched on a load of sharp rocks, we were on the road at the back of 7am. In the first two days of the race, I thought I had seen it all, but yesterday I was blown away by the route.

At one point I got stuck trying to ride up a cliff-face that a human being wouldn't even have been silly enough to try and climb without a harness. Then I took a wrong turn while driving deep in a valley - which would have been fine had it not been for the fact the next two instructions in my roadbook were right. The final straw though came when I weaved through a tight path, edged up over a hill and was faced with a five-metre high wall. I would have guessed I was lost were it not for the three organisers waiting for me.

I didn't know whether to laugh, cry or throw the bike down. Eventually, after smashing my bike against the rocks in a vain attempt to drive up the vertical wall, the organisers produced a rope and we hoisted the bike up and over. It was crazy. It is a tiring race and I have blisters on my hands and feet, my body is aching and I need a good night's sleep. I am second in my class now and 39th overall.

Trenker is competing in the Rally of Sardinia on behalf of KTM-UAE, the current leaders of the FIM World Championship in the bike category. It is the first time the Emirates has been represented in the Open Production class in Sardinia. sports@thenational.ae