When the British motorcycle rider, Lyndon Poskitt (39) gets into the navigator seat of the Red-Lined Motorsport Nissan Navara at the upcoming Harrismith 400, the fifth and penultimate round of the South African Cross Country Series that takes place on 14 and 15 September, he would have been riding his motorcycle for 1 155 days, crossed 88 borders and done 181 070 kilometres and competed in seven races.
Poskitt has completed the Dakar Rally three times in the motorcycle category, but in 2013, after he finished 46th overall and took home a top 10 stage finish, a near death experience changed his view on life. He quit his job and sold his possessions to chase his dream of riding a motorcycle around the world. In 2014 he built himself a custom off-road bike capable for travelling and racing and set off on his new world adventure, riding as much off-road as possible with a plan to compete in an international cross-country race on each continent.
Four years later and after visiting five continents, 59 countries and competing in seven international races, he is on the last leg of his journey, the African continent, to ride from Cape Town back to where he started in the UK.
His journey includes being the first competitor since the early days of the Dakar Rally to ride to the start of the race. He rode from the Arctic Ocean in Alaska to the start line in Asuncion, Paraguay where he raced in the Malle Moto Class (unassisted) finishing 2nd in class and 39th overall. He filmed the entire event himself and made a free YouTube movie called “Malle Moto – The Forgotten Dakar Story”. Earlier this year, he again competed in the Malle Moto Class and as a vlogger (a video blogger), he took a media crew with him and released live videos daily from the race. He was again 2nd in class and finished 33rd overall.
Terence Marsh Red-Lined Motorsport CEO and driver of the Nissan Navara met Poskitt at the Dakar Rally earlier this year and then ran into him again at the Dubai International Baja where Poskitt was competing in the Dragon Energy Polaris. When meeting in Cape Town a few weeks ago and with Marsh just having raced with South African Dakar Rally hero Joey Evans in the navigator seat at the Atlas Copco 400, it was instinctive for Poskitt to jump at the opportunity and continue his adventure alongside Marsh at the Harrismith 400 in the Free State.
“I really enjoyed the experience with Joey and am looking forward to the ride with Poskitt,” Marsh said. “These guys adapt to the roadbook quickly and Poskitt is highly competitive. I am looking forward to another great adventure,” he said.
Poskitt might have competed in seven different disciplines on two wheels over the past 30 years but being in the navigator seat of a Class FIA vehicle will be a first for him. This former designer in the Aerospace industry who tested and worked on military jets, is very excited to be in Africa and to be given the opportunity to do his first race in a vehicle of this calibre.
“The transition from 2-wheel self-navigating to 4-wheel instructional navigation is a whole new challenge and I am sure it is going to be a fantastic experience. I am looking forward to sharing it with my followers and subscribers,” Poskitt said.
The qualifying race for the Harrismith 400 starts at 13:00 on Friday, 14 September and will determine the starting positions for the race on Saturday, 15 September when the leading vehicle departs at 08:00. The raceheadquarters, the start/finish as well as the designated service park will be situated at the Eeram Farmers Complex. Public access to these areas is free.