The Dakar is dangerous, and it may cause an addiction. When the race is over, you start planning the next one. This is the way it is; and in many ways the pure sporting side is only a part of the show. Behind the scenes there is the inner motivation of the athletes, because you cannot go down to hell and back without being driven by passion, dreams, and that ultimate challenge against yourself. What’s more the motivation that makes you keep going beyond the limits of your mind when it is telling you to stop - it’s almost an inhuman quality that Dakar racers need to embrace.
This year, like never before, the Dakar has been a roller coaster of highs and lows of satisfactions and big frustrations. Read on to find out from the racers themselves.
“Repeating the win is the ultimate challenge” - Ricky Brabec
Ricky Brabec took a huge step last year getting his first Dakar win under his belt. When you accomplish a goal, you have to find a new goal to motivate yourself. But the American is a racer and, after a deserved time off, he found in the folds of his soul a new motivation: to be a consecutive Dakar winner. Because winning once is great, but winning twice is what really sets it in stone.