A world class sporting competition

More than a simple motor race, the Dakar requires off-road navigation capabilities and rock-solid consistency. In rally-raid, endurance is primordial; the least mistake can be costly. This mix of physical rigour and technical performance has been an attraction for champions from diverse horizons for nearly 30 years, all of whom desire to measure themselves and learn about this original event. Former WRC world champion, Ari Vatanen found the winning formula; St├ęphane Peterhansel, who tried his hand at all sorts of exceptional challenges early in his career and world enduro champion, became the uncontested expert of the event; Cyril Despres has stepped onto the top step of the podium; world ski champion, Luc Alphand was a fast learner of the desert; American NASCAR stand out, Robby Gordon, the king of ice racing in another life, Yvan Muller, Carlos Sainz or Guerlain Chicherit have also turned towards the ultimate goal: win the Dakar.