A large group of white shirts bearing the Peugeot logo swept into and discovered the pre-race circuit.
For Stéphane Peterhansel, it was even a key point in the rally's history that was occurring: “We drivers, we've got experience of the race and everything around it, so we don't feel any pressure. But the team is young and the personnel are discovering the Dakar eyes wide open and that's what makes it motivating and enjoyable”.
To refine machines like these requires plenty of competitive driving.
Relaxed and as affable as ever, Cyril Despres also makes light of the difficulty that he may have in living up to his new racing ambitions: “I'm working for a new team, with major resources and ambitions. But first and foremost, it's a pleasure. I've had pressure since 2002, setting off alone on a bike in the cold, the rain, the night and sometimes under the shadow of doubt. This time, the focus will be on pleasure and on building something”.
As always, Carlos Sainz, sticks to his personal motto, one in which the emphasis is on hard work: “This is a year and a Dakar for testing and working. To refine machines like these requires plenty of competitive driving”.