Australian Dakar Rider And Model Take On Moroccan Adventure

Australian Dakar Rider And Model Take On Moroccan Adventure For TV

Australian fashion model, actress and television presenter Laura Csortan and four times Dakar Rally competitor Christophe Barriere-Varju are to feature in a documentary tracing the route that was once a part of the world’s most gruelling race, the Paris-Dakar Rally.

The National Geographic Channel has produced “Riding Morocco: Chasing the Dakar” that will air in over 170 countries and regions around the world in the coming weeks.

It will air in Australia and New Zealand on June 17th at 10:30 PM.

The documentary follows the pair as they ride two Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin adventure motorcycles from Marrakech in Morocco through mountains, gorges, rivers and deserts to reach the Moroccan Sahara.

The route is no longer used since the rally was moved to South America and renamed as the Dakar Rally.

Christophe shares his vast knowledge and demonstrates some serious manual transmission off-road riding during the extraordinary journey.

Laura, who had never ridden off road before this project, does the trip on the Dual Clutch Transmission model which does not require clutch operation.

Together they take the viewer through breathtakingly beautiful valleys and expansive vistas as they share the bike ride of a lifetime.

Christophe was born in France, raised on the Ivory Coast of West Africa, studied in the United States and now proudly calls Australia home.

He has competed in the Dakar Rally four times, and the internationally acclaimed and multi-award winning film Dream Racer follows his progress through one of those events.

Laura was crowned Miss Universe Australia and Miss World Australia in 1997, and was a host on The Great Outdoors on the Seven Network. She now regularly hosts travel segments on Channel 7’s “The Morning Show”.

More information on the show is available on the National Geographic website.

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