Nani Roma, Monster Energy X-raid Team Mini driver, previews the 2013 Dakar. The Spaniard is ready for the demanding contest with the first stage on January 5th in Lima, Peru.
MINI ALL4 Racing the car for winners – Monster Energy X-raid Team successfully defends Dakar title! Four X-raid vehicles in the top 10 in the 2013 challenge.
In the general standings, Spaniard Nani Roma thus lost almost a third of his lead and now only has an advantage of 23'46 over Stéphane Peterhansel.
On a 9th stage dominated by the sand, Marc Coma made his mark and reinforced his lead in the general standings whilst picking up his 23rd special stage victory on the Dakar, his second in 2014
This year’s rally route is anticipated to be the toughest ever held in South America.
Final spurt in the Dakar: Great teamwork of Nani Roma as he protects overall leader Stéphane Peterhansel.
From Peru to Chile, the change of scenery and terrain saw the X-raid Mini team on the attack, along with Robby Gordon in his Hummer. It also was the first Bike stage win in 2013 for Yamaha; thanks to David Casteu.
Spain's Joan Barreda took his third victory in the 2014 edition, beating overall leader Marc Coma by 4′03″ at the end of a historic stage that took the Dakar to its 28th country
One Mini benefits from another's mistake while the Dutch Yamaha rider makes first 2013 appearance. Husseini breaks through in Quads while Russians manage Trucks 1-2-3.
Nancy Knapp Schilke, Dakar correspondent
Roma and the MINI ALL4 Racing, which is modified by the Germany-based X-raid Team to excel in the tough Dakar conditions, mastered it all.
Four MINI ALL4 Racing in the top 5.
The MINI ALL4 Racing ran perfectly throughout Dakar Rally.
An unequalled Despres, an unstoppable Peterhansel and an unfortunate Al-Attiyah made the headlines on the 9th stage in Dakar. Roma earned his 2nd stage victory and Nikolaev takes Truck lead.
Mikko Jalonen, Dakar correspondent