The toughest rally in the world is a go, and a field of 409 racers have already scorched through four stages of dunes and rocks amidst some of the harshest conditions on the face of the planet. Of that vast number of racers an elite group including Monster Energy athletes, are leading the way. In all, this year’s race encompasses 12 stages, through a large central loop of Saudi Arabia from Jeddah to Ha’il, Riyad, and back again. The 44th edition of the legendary event means just over 8300 km of racing, and zero margin for error.
For even the most seasoned competitor, taking on this behemoth of a competition is a daunting task. 24-time race veteran, Monster Energy athlete - and winner of the Dakar on two- and four-wheels - Nani Roma, described the Dakar as the "ultimate motorsport challenge, which is a test that changes like waves on the ocean."