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Simon Marčič returns to the Slovenes at the Dakar exhibition at the terminal, featuring his motorcycle

This week saw Simon Marčič, a motorcyclist sponsored by us, return home from his fifth appearance in the Dakar Rally. This year’s rally unfortunately ended early for the sole Slovenian racer. He fell in the fourth stage of the world’s toughest race, but carried on despite his fall and a mild concussion, before fine sand (the infamous fesh fesh of the local desert) in his engine put an end to his rally.

The sandy conditions made this year’s race very tough, particularly for motorcyclists, with barely one in three of them completing the course. Simon was still slightly disappointed when we welcomed him at the airport, but he is already sure that he will return to the Dakar next year.

The interest of passengers at Ljubljana Airport has been awakened in these days by an exhibition entitled Slovenes at the Dakar. Slovenes have been competing in the Dakar Rally, the world’s toughest race, for more than two decades now. Four Slovene motorcyclists have previously competed in the deserts of Africa and South America, along with two two-man car crews, and another pair in a rally support truck. The standard bearer when it comes to the number of appearances, finishes and results is Miran Stanovnik.

The photos were contributed by Bor Dobrin and by David Stropnik, who is also the creator of the exhibition. Alongside the photos, passengers can also view the motorcycle used by Simon Marčič in the 2018 Dakar.

Zgornji Brnik, 25 January 2019