Gaborone – Just days after his impressive debut podium at the sensational FIM Kazakhstan cross-country rally, Ross Branch is set to leave for Russia on Saturday for his first ever Silkway Rally.
Departing from Russia on July 1, the race will feature 10 varied and technical stages, crossing Siberia and through mountainous Mongolia, before reaching the finish line on July 11.
Speaking in an interview, Branch said he was ready for the challenge and promised to finish on the podium in what he called “one of the most demanding rallies on the motorsport calendar.”
With a course dominated by vast rocky landscapes, the Silkway Rally is considered one of the most demanding courses, presenting a challenge that few events in the world can offer.
Branch, no stranger to grueling off-road rallies, having taken part in several Dakar rallies, said he was ready, saying he was counting on his previous participation in off-road rallies to secure victory.
“The Silkway Rally is a discipline that requires a lot of experience.
I am honored to go there and it will be a challenge, but that is why I am doing it and I am against it, with the hope of continuing the momentum gained at Rally Kazakhstan, “he said. he declares.
Despite the vast experience in off-road rallies, Branch said the Silkway Rally would however be more difficult as it covered a lot of miles in 10 days with no days off unlike other rallies.
He said the course would cover 5,500 kilometers, including more than 3,500 kilometers of selective section, adding that the first stages in Russia would mainly serve as a warm-up, with a total of 329 kilometers timed.
The arrival on Mogolian soil, according to Branch, would mark the start of hostilities, with stages comprising between 340 and 540 kilometers of daily selective sectors.
He added that the race also included the most demanding stage, dubbed the “marathon”, during which participants would have to repair their bikes themselves without any assistance from members of the technical or mechanical team.
“I love the mental and physical challenge that comes with participating in such a rally and I have no doubts that my WR 45 Yamaha motorcycle will complement my physical and mental condition, with exceptional performance,” he added.
He said the mercury is also expected to drop to minus two degrees Celsius.
Branch praised Batswana for its support and pledged to carry the country’s flag high in all intercontinental competitions.