The Dakar is known to many as one of the toughest races in the world. The history of Dakar kicked off in 1977, when Thierry Sabine got lost on his motorbike in the Libyan desert during the Abidjan-Nice Rally. Saved from the sands in extremis, he returned to France still in thrall to this landscape and promising himself he would share his fascination with as many people as possible. Since then, the Paris-Dakar, a unique event sparked by the spirit of adventure, open to all riders and carrying a message of friendship between all men, has never failed to challenge, surprise and excite. Over the course of almost thirty years, it has generated innumerable sporting and human stories.
Replay XD’s Robby Gordon took on the 2013 Dakar challenge driving his best on a tough day of extreme obstacles. About 33 miles of the day’s planned of the 137-mile route were driven before organizers decided that it was too dangerous to continue and shut down the remaining kilometers of Stage 11 due to flash flooding in the area. Even though, the race was stopped shortly after kilometer 75, Gordon and Walch kept on racing till the 125 mark where a helicopter stopped them in the middle of the stage. As a result, Robby Gordon was declared the winner since he was the leader at Checkpoint 1, where the organization decided to red flag the race.
“We won the stage, so today was a good special for us. It could have been a great special for us. I am sure we could have beat most of the cars by 30 minutes or more. It is a shame they had to cancel it because of weather since we would have climbed the standings today. The flooding was not too bad when we got to it; it was only about a foot or two high. Not a big deal, I mean I thought this was the Dakar, the toughest race in the world…it seems like they have lost sight of that this year.” – Robby Gordon
This was an eighth stage win of Gordon’s Dakar career, but the result did not count in the overall standing since drivers were unable to complete the stage. Gordon led in his Hummer, and he was followed in the stage standings by Ronan Chabot and Lucio Alvarez. Gordon will be pushing the SPEED Energy HUMMER hard looking to gain as many positions in the standings as possible while gunning for all three Stage wins. Check back later for the video update from Robby’s Replay XD!