Crosbie’s Desert Race participation in doubt

  • Still waiting for doctors clearance
  • 2019 Dakar Rally his main priority


Local motorcyclist and the first Motswana to compete at the grueling Dakar Rally Vincent Crosbie is still not sure if he will take part in this year’s Toyota 1000 Desert Race (TDR) owing to a shoulder injury.

Speaking in an interview with Global Sports over the weekend, Crosbie said he is still not sure if he will take part in the race sustaining a shoulder injury four weeks back which necessitated a surgical operation to be performed on him. “It’s nerve wrecking for me as I’m still waiting for clearance from the doctors; as soon we have got the clearance which is likely before Wednesday, we will start mapping for the race, “he said. “We listen to the doctors and follow what they tell us to do, the 2019 Dakar Rally is our main focus so I would rather make sure I am are ready for it and spectate at this year’s desert race.”

The 27 year old Serowe born biker said Dakar Rally is his biggest priority and as they want to do their best by attaining a top 20 position finish to improve his 2017 performance. In the 2017 Dakar edition, Crosbie started in the 109th position and finished 36th overall. He was also the sixth rookie and the first African to finish the 10 000km which is run in 11 days  crossing between three Southern American nations, Paraguay, Argentina and Bolivia. He missed this year’s Dakar Rally due to a hand injury coupled with financial constraints.

Should he take part in this year’s Toyota 1000, Crosbie says that he will be going to the race to represent his sponsors well and local riders at the same time preparing for the Dakar race. He boasts a good record at the this event; he finished first under the Botswana Motor Sports (BMS) motorbikes category in 2015 and 2016 before finishing fourth in 2017.