Punishing terrains, extreme climate and endurance conditions, stages covering 9,000km over 13 days in front of 4.6 million spectators, 1,200 hours of TV coverage
across 190 countries, hundreds of competitors from all over the world, cars, bikes, quads and trucks. The Dakar Rally is known to all as the toughest of motorsport
events, and for very good reason.
At an official press conference for the event in Paris on 22 March, Motul’s involvement over recent years was raised to the next level with confirmation that it has been named
as official lubricant partner to the event which celebrates its 40th edition in 2018.
Through its partnerships, Motul achieved 2017 success with factory teams in two categories: T2 with Toyota Auto Body and SSV with Polaris Xtremeplus. These
successes add to the long roll call of Dakar victories, the highlight being the 1989 win in the Bikes category for the Honda Factory Racing team that carried Motul’s colors. This
enduring relationship with the Honda Dakar team saw Motul maintaining support for the factory squad this past January, a favorite in the bike category.
Motul has been working for several weeks with the ASO team to finalize its 360° activation plan for the Dakar, beginning with the 2018 edition. The plan will be unveiled in several
months’ time, and will contain a strong focus on the numerous fans of the Dakar as well as its competitors. The latter will benefit from the use of Motul’s Motorsport Line (cars)
and Factory Line (motorcycles) product ranges, from among which is 300V, the engine oil with proven performance and reliability specially developed for the extremes of
During the weeks of the event itself, competitors will be able to count on the advice and expertise of Motul’s Motorsport Technical Team which usually works in MotoGP™, WSBK
and at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and which, for the Dakar, will be present at every bivouac.
Etienne Lavigne, Director of The Dakar Rally: “Performance is paramount on the Dakar. On the mechanical side, every component and accessory plays its part and, of course, this
is the case for Motul’s lubricants which are used by several of the competitors. More symbolically, performance also matters elsewhere: supporting each other on the ground,
going the extra mile and sharing things together. It’s exactly this aspect which interested Motul and which has led them to the creation of a prize highlighting these human values.
The ‘Epic Story by Motul’ finds its proper place on the Dakar, and there will be plenty of contenders for it…”
Hélène Zaugg, Motul Head of Communication: ” Motul has been involved for several decades in the most extreme forms of competitive motorsport, particularly in endurance
racing. Following on from the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Tourist Trophy on the Isle of Man, the Roof of Africa in Lesotho and the Carrera Panamericana in Mexico, what could be more
natural for Motul than a direct link with the Dakar?
A fabled event since 1979, universally recognized as the ultimate test for men and machines, there is no doubt that the Dakar will be a tremendous showcase for the quality
of our products which are now available in more than 160 countries, including Latin America. Together with the ASO and the competitors, the men and women of the Motul
group are ready to make their mark on the next chapter of the incredible Dakar story.”