I am probably the only one in my family who is never going to learn to drive a motorbike. My husband, John, has been travelling in a motorbike all over the world. My eldest daughter, A.J. started with trial at the age of 9. Tatyana, who is 5, has started driving ATV when she was 4.
Before, I actually thought that motorsport is not a sport. They drive. That’s what I thought they do. They undergo a lot of physical training (just like other sports). Anyway, one of the rallies that my husband and I see every year is the Dakar Rally. There are 3 categories in this rally – motorbikes, cars and trucks.
I do not watch this rally because my husband does. The first time I watched this was in 2002. The same year an amatuer norwegian biker, Pål Anders Ullevålseter, joined this rally the first time. He came in 9th. In 2003, he came in 7th. In 2004, he came in 5th. In 2005, he had an accident. In 2006, he came in 6th. This year, he came in 4th. Let me say for someone who is not driving for a particular factory, he is impressive and I got amused by his improved performance every year.
In my opinion, motorsports in Norway is not as popular as football. I remember that Dakar rally didn’t even have professional reporter from Norway that Ullevålseter had to do it himself last year or 2 years ago. We are lucky this year that the coverage on TV2 lasted for 10 minutes everyday but we have to wait until almost midnight!
I know that this is not the usual thing you expect me to post but I think this is a good break from all my christmas posts.