“It’s another world”—Johnny Campbell
Photos copyright ASO, Frederic Le Foch, Maindru, Eric Vargiolu
You don’t have to be the fastest rider to win Dakar. You don’t have to be the smartest rider to win Dakar. You have to be just fast enough and
just smart enough. The 2015 running of the event was a perfect illustration.
HRC rider Joan Barreda was the fastest man there, just like he was last
year. The flying Spaniard won four stages and held the lead from day two
until day nine. Red Bull KTM’s Marc Coma, on the other hand, only won a
single stage, on day five. But, he was at the top of the overall leader board
for the final four days—the only days that really matter.