With 22 Dakar Rallies under his racesuit belt, and the enviable accolade of being one of only a handful of racers on the planet to win the event on both two- and four-wheels, Joan ‘Nani’ Roma sits somewhere between off-road royalty and legend.
Nani made his debut on the world’s toughest off road-race in 1996, at the bars of a KTM, and arguably hasn’t looked back since. Factory supported rides and drives with nearly every major manufacturer worth mentioning have yielded a near unmatched racing roll of honor in long-distance, Enduro and off road rallying.
For the 2017 Dakar Rally though – the event’s 39th edition – a big change is on the horizon. Not least the new 8500km route, which stretches through the dizzying heights and challenging lows of Paraguay, Bolivia and Argentina.
Splitting from the X-Raid team, with whom Nani raced with for five seasons and recorded his 2014 Dakar victory, the 44-year-old Spaniard has now teamed up with the Belgian based Toyota Overdrive outfit, led by former co-driver Jean Marc Fortin.