Andre De Kock
Motorsport Editor
6 minute read
24 Jan 2020
12:38 pm

The Cool Down Lap: Stuart Gregory

Andre De Kock

"Dakar is the Mount Everest of off road racing, and I just had to take it on".

Stuart Gregory, portrait during Stage 5 of the Dakar 2020 between Al Ula and Ha'il, 563 km - SS 353 km, in Saudi Arabia, on January 9, 2020 - Photo Florent Gooden / DPPI

With the annual Dakar Rally huge news these days, casual television followers of the world's toughest motorsport event could be excused for thinking it is all about massive budgets, huge backup teams and glamour. That, however, is not the real story of the Dakar Rally. The event's most interesting tales of grit and bloody-minded determination are found among privateer competitors. This is nowhere more prevalent than in the Original by Motul category for motorcycles. The "Original" refers to the very first Dakar Rally in 1978, when 182 competitors with cars and motorcycles set off from Paris and raced through the...