WERE YOU EXPECTING SAND DUNES?
PHOTOGRAPHY BY ERIC VARGIOLU/DPPI
There have been 40 Dakar rallies since 1978; all of them tough, many of them deadly. Here, Ktm-mounted Walkner Matthias shows why the race still holds our attention. This muck hole would best most motorcyclists, let alone one already beaten down by six stages of hard riding. But here, somehow, 31-year-old Matthias comes out the other side smelling like a filthy, filthy rose. Winning the Dakar Rally takes thousands of tiny triumphs like this one. It’s what makes Dakar so good, and motorcycling along with it.