Dakar 2017, stage 5: A GEO and a 'military' of the Dakar


To compete in the Dakar, you have to have a martial discipline, a necessary attribute among the riders who fight for the victories, but also among those facing the toughest rally in the world, with objectives very different. Of this discipline know much Cristian Spain, police, and member of the special forces of Andorra who has changed his usual work within the Group of the Special Intervention of the small country of the pyrenees for its second participation in the Dakar. To the loins of a KTM 450 Rally managed on this occasion by the team Pedrega Team, the efforts of the Cristian Spain have had prize.

Cristian Spain he made his debut in the Dakar in 2016 to fulfill the dream she shared with her father. However, the experience ended abruptly at two stages of the end of the rally, when the Suzuki with which he competed was burned and left him in the night. A year later, this pilot and GEO andorran has gone on to compete as a private pilot and although you still don’t know if you can meet your goal of getting to Buenos Aires, for the time being has lived their big day at the Dakar after finishing eighth in the fifth special test.

On a day that was very hard, where the navigation has been essential and that the weather has not accompanied, Cristian Spain has finished in the eighth position, only giving up 21:32 minutes behind Sam Sunderland. A result that is not casual and that somehow comes hand in hand with the preparation you have made as a member of the Group of the Special Intervention of Andorra, where he has made training to more than 4,500 meters of altitude and at low temperatures. In the end, conditions very similar to those that have been found during this stage, between Tupiza and Oruro.


it Is evident that Nani Roma does not have a preparation so focused as that of Christian Spain for their work in the GEO, but his extensive experience in this rally has become of one form or another in ‘military’ Dakar. A light step, a few errors and resource optimization are three of the keys that have placed Nani Roma as the only rider who is going up against the Peugeot 3008 DKR, a buggy that has shown to be very superior despite the changes of flange Toyota Hilux V8 in these first two stages at high altitude.

With the second-placed Nani Roma in the fifth special, just 44 seconds behind the winner Sebastien Loeb, the Catalan driver has been placed at 5:35 minutes of the leader Stephane Peterhansel. , just in the wake of the three Peugeot 3008 DKR officers who were still in the race after the withdrawal of spaniard Carlos Sainz. An exercise major who have failed to meet Nasser Al-Attiyah and Giniel de Villiers in a Toyota or Yazeed Al-Rajhi and ‘Orly’ Newfoundland, which highlights the great work that you’re doing Nani Roma. A ‘military’ the Dakar sow is ready to fight at the front.