Desafio Inca 2015: “Chavo” ready to return


Bolivian rider Juan-Carlos Salvatierra is preparing his return with hard work. To battle with the best on the next Dakar, he has chosen to enter the Peruvian round of the Dakar Series in September.

The Dakar is never unfair, but sometimes cruel. There was something out of place when running into Juan Carlos Salvatierra at the Uyuni bivouac after Salvatierra had been congratulated by President Evo Morales for his courage and perseverance, following his retirement from the rally two days earlier with a broken left hand. The most emblematic Bolivian competitor in the Dakar, who still pursues his objective of a top ten finish after his 14th place in 2014, has since accumulated pain and bitterness.

Determined to come back to mix it up with the elite, “Chavo” has selected the Desafío Inca to complete his preparation, at the end of a clear and targeted time of reflexion: “next January, the Dakar will begin in Peru with demanding stages. And I remember that the dunes are quite technical there. There will be no better place to train and to position myself in the best conditions to start the rally. Also, this corresponds ideally with my racing schedule”. And when it comes to the calendar, the Bolivian rider has put in some encouraging results with a 7th place in the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge, then 2nd place on the Pharaons Rally.