Here is some info on Mike Kay! http://www.race.borynack.com/ What a few others have said, on other groups. From: "Russell Scott" My only words of advice for Mike. If KTM invites you to their refreshment tent, tell them thanks but no thanks. Johnny Campbell was doing real well a couple of years ago in Dakar, until he got food poisoning. I heard KTM just hired the KGB to handle the food service for the non-KTM riders. R From: Pontiac_Sr Mike has already paid his ASO fees & other financial obligations to race the Dakar long ago, so he's fully commited financially. It's the first time he's raced the Dakar, but he's not new to racing. >From what I know, he's the kind of guy who does his homework and has a plan for racing the Dakar based on his own worldly racing experiences and the experiences of his friends who have previously raced Dakar, so he's not going at this completely blind. Mike may not be the fastest, but I know he's stubborn, very tough & won't give up unless his bike is beyond repair, but even then he may try to carry it to the finish ;-) I know this past summer, 'irondude' Mike has been practicing in the California deserts (trails, lots of dunes, rocks, mountains, etc) during the heat of summer (+110F temps) fully geared up with a jacket, pack, etc. He's a good candidate for this race and I wish him the best of luck in finishing and hope he surprises everyone with an incredible finish.