Competing in the bike category
Kemal Merkit has competed three times in the Dakar Rally and also holds the title of the “First Turk ever to finish the Dakar Rally” and his team mate Kutlu Torunlar will compete in the 2007 Dakar, sponsored by Jim Beam.
Kutlu is a former
windsurfer who had represented Turkey in 1992 and 1996 Olympic Games. This is the first Turkish Team competing at the Dakar Rally.
Merkit and Torunlar will compete in the bike category with their KTM 450 Exc mecasystem pro rally.
“I raced many times in different rallies but Dakar Rally is the most fascinating one. Our aim is represent our country in the best way and to be qualified,” Merkit was quoted as saying.
Jim Beam Turkish Team's co-sponsors are Castrol, KTM Spor Moto, Maximum, Jansport, Columbia Tecnogym, Turkish Airlines, The House Café, Oakley, Power FM and Milliyet.