2018 Dakar Rally Pictorial
Risk and Redemption – Photo Recap from the 2018 Dakar Rally
Peru, Bolivia and Argentina. Nearly 6000 miles through the dunes, mountains and deserts of South America the 2018 Dakar Rally took riders through the gamut of terrain, and emotion in the toughest off-road race in the world.
The 2017 Dakar Rally was called the toughest yet, and most agreed that the 2018 event topped last year’s course in difficulty. The perilous dunes of Peru, the searing altitudes of Bolivia and the infamous Fiambala in Argentina pushed racers to the limit, and many of the top riders to their breaking point. Champions returned, rising stars emerged, overall leaders crashed out, and in the end, a new champion was crowned (yet again).
The 2018 Dakar Rally was full of twists and turns—visit the Cycle News Dakar Rally page for a day-by-day recap. But for now, take in some of the best photography from the Dakar Rally—the action, the drama, striking scenery as well as behind the scenes in the 40th edition of the race.
Photography by Red Bull Content Pool (Flavien Duhamel, Francois Flamand & Marcelo Maragni), PhotosDakar.com (Husqvarna Motorcycles & KTM Media), Monster Energy Honda and Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team
Here are 15 more amazing photos from the 2018 Dakar Rally:
Matthias Walkner was once called the most talented rally rider to have never won a Dakar. Not anymore.
Ricky Brabec picks his way through the dusty dunes and tricky navigation of Peru on stage 4.
Unfortunately for defending champion Sam Sunderland, a crash on stage 4 spelled the end of his race.
Factory Yamaha rider Rodney Faggotter is one of the rising stars of rally racing. The Australian was extremely consistent, and reached the finish in 16th place.
No futbol games today…
Antoine Meo (19) awaits his start time.
(Left) Despite four high-speed crashes and a possible broken ankle, Andrew Short pressed on to the finish. (Right) Adrien Van Beveren had a remarkable run until stage 10, where he had a tremendous crash at speed only a few miles from the finish.
Joan Barreda faces an early morning start in the first marathon stage.
Rally bikes are complicated…
A painful knee injury on stage 7 made it extremely tough for Joan Barreda to press on. It finally became too much on stage 11.
Red Bull KTM’s Laia Sanz once again dominated the women’s class, also carding 12th overall.
Matthias Walkner celebrates his first-ever Dakar victory. It marked the 17th consecutive victory for KTM, but the first time an Austrian won on the Austrian brand.
Riders need maintenance, too.
Johnny Campbell was along as part of the HRC Honda support crew.
Nacho Cornejo is welcomed to La Paz by this… rather spectacular, um… bird lady.