Due to the amazing support from fans and friends, I’ve decided to give this crowd funding thing a bash.
The Dakar Rally numbers are out, it’s been just over a year and a half in the making, sacrificing a lot, training a lot, getting really excited, getting really down. This is a lifelong dream of mine. However 2020 has thrown so many curve balls and due to the financial pressures on companies across the world, my main sponsor pulled out last minute.
While the rug might have been pulled out from underneath me, I’m determined to stick to my commitments. Deals are in place, bikes are secured and teams are prepped. I’ve got just under 3 weeks to raise the money I need to compete at Dakar.
It took a lot but we made it to Andalucia to qualify. And with the help of a few very good people, we kept the dream alive. Now, I’m asking my fans and the wider sporting community if they can help me fulfil this dream.
To get the bike shipped along with all of the organisation required, I need to get the budget secured by the end of November. Put simply, if I don't make the necessary amount in time and I don't go, I'll refund all of the donations that I have received.
Every large and small donation adds up so please share the link and help keep the dream alive.
David Knight MBE
David Knight MBE is a 5-time World Champion and is regarded as one of the greatest off-road riders of all time! After clinching his second World title, David took on America on their own soil winning back to back AMA GNCC Championships, dominating the series winning nearly every round he entered.
Born in the Isle of Man, David grew up surrounded by bikes, both within his family and the famous Isle of Man TT races. It was enduro that David chose to be his specialty and the rest is history. For over a decade at the highest level "Knighter 101" has secured victory in multiple National, European and World Championships which includes wins at some of the toughest motorcycle races in the world.
5 x World Enduro Champion
4 x AMA Champion
ISDE overall Champion
The next chapter in David's career is to use all of that experience and push towards the pinnacle of rally raid style racing - The World Famous Dakar Rally.
Even just to qualify into the Dakar Rally is a challenge in itself however in true Knighter style against a number hurdles, he secured an entry by winning his first ever rally raid event, the 2020 Andulacia Rally. In a similar format to the Dakar, David won the class riding alongside rally legends such as Toby Price and fellow manxman Jamie McCanney.
The speed, the skill, the team and the preparations are all in place. Let's help him get the budget he needs.