Spending a fair amount of time, flying back and forth tying down the lose ends on planning.  Sounds a little bonkers to build the rally bike then ship it to Europe instead of south America directly. Except the $20k Dakar entry fee includes return shipping from Le Havre, France for the bike.  It’s cheaper and less complicated ensuring the bike is on the Dakar boat, doing scrutineering before it sails and clear customs with all the Dakar vehicles in Lima.  The stress of clearing the bike and tech inspection days before the rally starts adds to problems.

Last year a number of privateers didn’t clear customs in time and didn’t race!