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2013-01-04 13:43

WILL THE IMPRESSIVE BEARD BE ENOUGH?: Rider Andrew Scott returns on his trusty KTM 450 to take on the 2013 Dakar Rally. Will an improved bike and beard be enough to see him through?

LIMA, Peru - At the technical scrutineering tent in Peru, it's is easy to mistake Andrew Scott for either Billy Gibbons or Dusty Hill, singers from the band ZZ Top.

Though instead of the classic rock band's guitars, the 45-year-old rider has his trusty KTM 450.


With his 20cm greying beard, Scott clearly has the look of a hardened adventurer. The gold-miner is taking part in only his second Dakar.

Scott said: “The first one in 2010 finished for me in Fiambala. What's more, it was down to not knowing the rules as well! I'd already caught the bug and I'm delighted to be able to come back at last.

"My goal is just to finish but I'm confident because I'm better-prepared and I'll be riding a much better bike. However my ambition isn't to be the quickest in the pack – having the best beard is more than enough to help me stand out."

Scott adds that he'll be keeping a low profile until the January 5 2013 starting ceremony as there's a 14-hour time difference between Lima and Australia.

"I've a fair bit of sleep to catch up on," he said.

Wheels24 will be following the 'Dakar' rally throughout the race. Keep up with things on our Dakar Rally section.

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