Saturday, January 9th, 2010
French Australian racer Christophe Barriere Varju is hanging in as fellow Aussie Bruce Garland made his dramatic exit from the Dakar Rally in stage 6.

As the trucks and heat made the route into a "talcum-powder filled furnace" (referring to the fine'fesh-fesh' of the Atacama Desert region in Chile), Christophe himself limped home after a serious fall in a pothole, with no more than a third of the special still to go.

"I'm lucky to still be walking, even luckier that the bike is still ok," he said.

Film maker Simon Lee, who is following the racer's progress in a rental car, said, "I've watched footage of the fall on the POV footage and believe you me, it hurt."

The Dakar Rally 2010 had claimed 112 vehicles by the start of the sixth special stage of the 362 which left the official start ramp in Buenos Aires on New Year's Day.

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Christophe Barriere-Varju has met and overcome many challenges and dreamed many dreams on the road to becoming one of the world’s leading off-road motorcycle racers. Born in France, raised in West Africa, and completing his education in California, Christophe started racing at the age of 14, winning legendary status around his hometown of Abidjan in the Ivory Coast for his aerial acrobatics, skills and speed on a motorcycle. He once competed before a crowd of 220,000 spectators (a world first) at the West African Motocross des Nations, which he won five times. The name “Barriere” is known all around West Africa. An inspiration to thousands of fans of all ages, Christophe is renowned for his impeccable riding techniques, and he has trained many riders in Africa, California and now an accredited motorcycle coach in Australia. He lives and trains at Port Stephens, NSW.
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