WERE YOU EX­PECT­ING SAND DUNES?

PHOTOGRAPHY BY ERIC VARGIOLU/DPPI

Motorcyclist - - Framed -

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.

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