The caravan, with 36% of returning competitors, flexed its muscles in the final private test for the 88 entrants in the third Dakar Classic. The excitement that has filled the air since scrutineering began afew days ago continued to grow and has now reached fever pitch.
Narrow margins were the norm in today’s 20 km dress rehearsal, although the results will not carry over to the rest of the event.
The Spaniard Kilian Revuelta outgunned the Belgian Dirk Van Rompuy and the Italian Antonio Ricciari in the fight for supremacy of their national schools.
The ever-consistent title holders Serge Mogno and Florent Drulhon finished in 23rd place. Last year, it only took them two days to let their talent do the talking. We will get a clearer picture when the race gets going in earnest tomorrow.