The Dakar 2017 will have a feminine touch. Specifically, that which will bring the eight participants who will start in Asunción. With the low of last hour of the Russian Anastasiya Nifontova for alleged doping, eight women will fight for different objectives in the raid of the world’s toughest, a number significantly lower than that of the previous two editions of the Dakar. Among them, Laia Sanz, Rosa Romero, and Cristina Gutierrez put back to Spain as a reference in a test that does not understand sex. In fact, only the editions of 1995, 2003 and 2004 have not had the presence of any woman.
The first of these intrepid women is Laia Sanz, perhaps the one that has higher reputation and at the same time goals more ambitious. However, the pilot Catalan, now in its seventh Dakar with the firm intention to sneak out among the fifteen best in the motorcycle category, as it did in 2015 and 2016. Laia Sanz will confront this new edition of the Dakar as official driver KTM. For their part, the other woman, which will be competing in the motorcycle category is Rosa Romero. The wife of Nani Roma has as objective to finish the race with the KTM team murcia Himoinsa Racing Team.
as in motorcycles, are two women who are competing in the
category of quads. A couple formed by two riders are very different,
but they share the same illusion. However, the pilot
Italian-French Camelia Liparoti is facing his ninth Dakar, with that
experience that gives you every mile raced in the desert. In a
role radically opposite, Suany Martinez is facing his first
participation in the raid. The pilot of the bolivian, born in 1991, is one of
the younger riders of the whole edition, in addition to being the first
woman of her country to take part in the Dakar.
The other four
women in the Dakar 2017 compete in the car category,
two pilots and two others as co-pilots. The two participants that
they are behind the wheel are Alicia Queen and the Spanish Cristina Gutierrez,
in what will be the debut of the pilot native of Burgos in a test
in which she is competing with a Mitsubishi. For its part, the last two
registered are Mary’s Garden Mattar, co-pilot of her husband Carlos
Alberto Villegas e Ilka Minor, old known of many to be a
co-pilot with a long career in the WRC.