Jonah Street and GYTR team up to tackle Dakar Rally2010-10-30 00:29
American Dakar Rally hopeful Jonah Street has teamed up with GYTR (Genuine Yamaha Technology & Racing) and Yamaha to take on the world’s finest at the 2011 Dakar Rally in Argentina and Chile from January 1-16, 2011.
An avid offroad rider Jonah first tackled Dakar in 2006, and immediately made his presence known by finishing on the podium at a few of the late stages. When he returned in 2007 he’s was running fourth overall when an engine failure forced him to retire. In 2008 the promoters had to cancel Dakar amidst security fears. In 2009 Jonah did something only four other American’s have done in Dakar history, he won a stage. A wrist injury forced him to withdraw a few stages later. In 2010 Jonah came back and finished a respectable seventh overall.
For 2011 he has set his sights much higher. Working with Yamaha Jonah will be competing at this year’s Dakar Rally aboard a 2011 WR450F. In his first ride aboard this bike Jonah decimated his competition at the Rally Mongolia winning by over 3 hours.
Jonah’s Dakar spec WR450F is outfitted by JVO and GYTR.
Jonah is naturally thrilled about the possibilities of this new relationship. “It is very exciting to be apart of the Yamaha family with all of their experience in Dakar. Getting to race the most proven 450 in the world is going to be great. I am looking forward to a long relationship with Yamaha and proud to represent them on the world stage at the Dakar rally”.
Jonah Street Rally Supporters can get on board and support his Dakar effort by becoming an official member of the Riff Raff or by buying exclusive Touratech-USA t-shirts. Click over to http://rallypanam.com/riffraff.html to become a Ruffian. As a Riff Raff member you’ll get exclusive discounts, custom gear and sweet swag from Jonah’s sponsors. All proceeds go directly to Jonah Street. All goodness comes directly to you and your bike! Touratech-USA has Jonah Street t-shirts for sale online at http://www.touratech-usa.com/Store/1965/PN-JONAHT/Jonah-Street-2011-Rally-T-Shirt all funds from the sales of these shirts go directly to Jonah!
Source: Yamaha Motor Corporation
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