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Stefan Svitko – The Legendary Dakar Rider

Stefan Svitko is a European enduro champion and #1 in the Slovak republic, as well as winning 2nd stage in the 2016 Dakar.

He’s known by many to be a complete weapon on 2-wheels, yet little is known of him in the English-speaking world. Frontaer aims to provide more insights.

Štefan Svitko

For more than 30 years now, Štefan Svitko has been twisting the throttle pretty damn hard and winning championships. After all, he started riding at a very young age and never looked back in his quest to be dominating in the sport of competitive enduro and motocross.

Unlike many who waste time in their lives, we have someone here who put in the hardyards early on in his career. Clearly it’s paid off very well, after coming 2nd in 2016 and 11th most recently in 2020 during the Dakar Rally.

His successes are tied in with the SLOVNAFT Rally Team who choses the KTM 450 Rally Replica as their baseline. This is one seriously popular bike and KTM only makes a few hundred of these each year for the most daring of competitors.

Unlike most who choose the typical high visibility orange, Slovnaft has a unique styling to their motorcycles. We’re talking yellow on black with some hint of orange to remind us of what lays beneath the surface.

The Toughest of Training

In order to sit in the saddle for days on end and cover the vast distance in the Dakar Rally, Štefan has had to put himself through a gruelling fitness regime. As you’ll see from his Instagram, this all didn’t come easy.

In addition to hitting the gym regularly, much of the training demands routine practice runs through the desert. This is where injuries can happen just as they can through competing. Luckily, Štefan has been relatively unscathered so far.

We do look forward to see him enter and get back into the top 10 in the 2021 Dakar.

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