Finding your way
The roadbook each rider is given is detailed, but the info is small and printed in black and white, so reading it while travelling at 60mph is something of a challenge. Max Hunt is a relative novice when it comes to rally riding, so he talked us through how he got to grips with it.
“I started in the desert with the Libya rally. It’s a skill (roadbookkeeping) in itself being able to do it. You can look 200m ahead and it’s clear, but when I started every time I looked at the roadbook I’d hit something.
“That’s why the highlighters work so well. I mark speed sections in red, as that’s really important because you get penalties. I also mark dangers in red. One exclamation mark you don’t highlight as there’s no need to slow down, but if you go flat out on a double danger it will probably end in a crash and triples you have to go slow – they’re really dangerous Blue marks the route and the direction we’re going. Orange denotes things to look out for on the route. Some people do green for left and red for right, but you end up with all these colours everywhere. The trick is to make it as simple as possible.”
Lyndon Poskitt closely scrutinises his roadbook during the Dakar Rally