Video: The Dakar, According to Giovanni Sala

GasGas Factory Rally Team Manager Giovanni Sala will guide the three-rider team at the 2018 Dakar Rally. View this video where Sala breaks down the keys to success.

Giovanni Sala knows a thing or two about of-road racing.

A former third-place finisher of the Dakar Rally, Giovanni Sala is the manager of the GasGas Factory Rally Team. PHOTOS COURTESY OF TORROT.

The Italian is a six-time World Enduro Champion (he won the overall World Championship title in 1998), a four-time winner of the International Six Days Enduro (ISDE) World Trophy with Team Italy (1992, 1994, 1997 and 2000), and he was the top ISDE individual overall finisher three times, in 1992, 1996 and 1997.

Sala won his first World Championship title in the 500cc class in 1993, and went on to claim 250cc two-stroke World Championsutitles in 1994, 1995 and 1998. In 1999, he won his final WEC title in the 400cc world championship. He retired from the World Enduro Championship after the 2004 season, but he went on to compete in the Dakar Rally where he finished third overall in 2006.

Now the Team Manager of Torrot’s GasGas Rally Team, Sala appears in this video to break down the keys to finishing one of the most demanding races in the world of motorsport, the Dakar Rally, which will celebrate its 40th anniversary in 2018. Torrot had this to say about Sala:

Torrot confides the direction of the GasGas Rally Team to one of the most knowledgeable experts in this event on his return to the Dakar, Giovanni Sala. The Italian foresees a very tough edition of this race, with lots of sand and where navigation will play a key role. Sala has raced in this competition as a rider on 10 occasions and his best result was overall third, achieved in 2006. His extensive background added to his experience in the world of Enduro, will help him in his role as Team Manager of the GasGas Rally Team.


The 2018 Dakar Rally begins January 6.