Stéphane Peterhansel, from Lord Dakar to God Dakar ...

The Frenchman achieved his 14th victory in the most difficult race in the world and celebrated it three decades after obtaining the first in motorcycles.

Racing a Dakar is difficult, finishing a Dakar is very difficult, winning a Dakar seems impossible, winning the Dakar 14 times sounds unimaginable. However, French Stéphane Peterhansel has achieved it. His last crown was achieved in the 2021 edition of the legendary test that once again had Saudi Arabia as a stage.

Stéphane Peterhansel
Photo: Antonin Vincent / DPPI.

His success does nothing but increase his legend and ratify the nickname of Lord Dakar you received a long time ago. Though It could well be called as God Dakar for that dominance that has been maintained over time.

Since he achieved his first success in 1991 on motorcycles they have passed three decades and it is difficult to find another athlete in the world that has maintained its validity for so long.


Peterhansel, 55, has shown that he adapted to the challenges that the race presented him at this time. At the end of his stage in motorcycles, he was also competitive in cars, either with simple or 4 × 4 traction; when the race stopped Africa and went to South America, in a totally different environment, he also managed to stand out. And the same during the arrival of the competition to the Saudi territory.

To this we must add that added speed to his technique management from the prominence of Spanish Carlos Sainz and the qatari Nasser Al-Attiyah, who contributed to the positions being defined by seconds when before they were won by minutes. And another detail: no matter who your navigator is, he has always known how to adapt to the person with whom he has shared the vehicles.

Stéphane PeterhanselIn this 2021 edition, in particular, it has been more regular than effective. He only won one special test and only twice was he not within the Top 3 of the stages.

"Why do I come back every year? It's a question of passion ”, He said before starting this Dakar, the 33rd in his sporting campaign. “The Dakar is really a special race. It is not just motor racing… It is motor racing, but in the most beautiful places in the world. That is the key, it is never the same. You can run in the same country, but not exactly in the same place, not on the same roads… That's really interesting, ”he assured.

But how long will we see Peterhansel in action? He himself has the answer: “10 or 15 years ago I said that maybe I would do one or two Dakar or more and I'm still here…”.


1991 Motorcycle Yamaha YZE 750
1992 Motorcycle Yamaha YZE 850T
1993 Motorcycle Yamaha YZE 850T
1995 Motorcycle Yamaha YZE 850T
1997 Motorcycle Yamaha YZE 850T
1998 Motorcycle Yamaha YZE 850T
2004 Car Mitsubishi Montero Evolution
2005 Car Mitsubishi Montero Evolution
2007 Car Mitsubishi Montero Evolution
2012 Car MINI All4Racing
2013 Car MINI All4Racing
2016 Car Peugeot 2008 DKR
2018 Car Peugeot 3008 DKR Maxi
2021 Car MINI John Cooper Works Buggy



Diego durruty

Journalist with 30 years of experience. Worked in magazines STROKE, The graphic, Coequipier y Only TC, on the Internet sites SportsYa!, y and on the radios Rock pop y He covered the Dakar rally for the German agency dpa. He currently drives Two Daring Guys, a car magazine that is broadcast on Tuesdays from 18 to 19 by; is editor of motorsport in Red Bull Argentina, columnist on the show WorldSport (AM Splendid) and in Surf & Rock FM.  He is also a teacher in SPORTS. Now you can read it on his blog:

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