Zimbabwean motorbike rider Graeme Sharp flew the flag high for Zimbabwe on day 1 of the 2020 Dakar rally in Saudi Arabia.
The Dakar rally is a motorbike race that spans over two days covering a total of 7900km. 557 competitors from 53 countries have entered this year’s competition. Among them are well known drivers including 13 time winner Stephane Peterhansel and formula one champion Fernando Alonso.
32 year old Zimbabwean Graeme Sharp becomes the first in history to represent the Southern African country at the world’s toughest rally. Sharp began competitive motorbike racing at the age of 25 and has participated in desert races like the Baja and Sonora rally. He gained his experience practicing in the Zambezi Valley as a teenager when his family moved to Kariba.
Graeme has been preparing for the event for three years and his wish is to become the first Zimbabwean to finish the Dakar. On day one of the rally, Graeme finished on position 93 up 37 places from his 130 place seeding.