1996 – 2016. The trajectory of Nani Roma in the Dakar reaches reaches 20 years of age. A lot has changed, the Dakar and the pilot himself
Catalan since it was climbed for the first time on the back of a KTM with the
that failed to finish their first participation in the raid more challenging. However, the pilot of Folgueroles is just as motivated
the first day and is eager to fight for the win. After winning the Dakar in the bike (2004) and another in the category of cars
(2014), Nani Roma seeks the ‘hat-trick’.
The illusion is not missing and
in recognition of Nani Roma: “I’ve been 20 years in the Dakar and I still have
the same desire that the first day. When we don’t have any, I’ll stop
run because this test is very hard and I can’t imagine going out without
motivation. I’m just as motivated as the first day. Passing
years and I feel many forces”. The Catalan believes that: ”
vibrations are very good. We have done a great job with my new
co-driver Alex Haro throughout the year and we are in a good harmony.
I have very good feeling for this edition“.
Nani Roma has
participated in 19 of the 37 editions of the Dakar -without counting the
suspended in 2008 – and has seen it all in this raid. However, the
edition of 2016 for the cancellation of Chile and Peru has become
a test different. So create the own Nani Roma: “Will be a Dakar
demanding and difficult. There will be a lot of contrast between the steps, so hot
from Argentina with the cold and altitude that will live in Bolivia. The
first few days will be very fast and with many kilometres of track. This
it is a favorable terrain for our Mini’s all-wheel drive”.
The pilot KH-7 believes that one of the key moments will be the marathon stage of the day of Kings: “This year, the marathon stage will be true for all, with the park closed. That will force us to take care of the mechanics to the maximum, since we will have just enough time to change the tires. It will be two difficult days which will serve as the appetizer to a second very hard, with the navigation and key”. The key to Nani Roma is: “I’m going to day-to-day, because it is the most important. In this test there is to go concentrate to the maximum at all times”.
The Dakar 2016 will be drawn as one of the editions more competitive in the category of cars with drivers such as Carlos Sainz, Nasser Al-Attiyah, Sébastien Loeb, Yazeed Al-Rajhi, Giniel de Villiers and Stéphane Peterhansel. Despite this, Nani Roma has no fear of competition: “In this edition there will be a great battle from the beginning. Mini is the car to beat, but Peugeot has worked hard and you have to take into account the Toyota. There are dozens of pilots very fast. The more level you have, the more increases the value of the results. nemos a car very good, competitive and reliable“.