Once again, Xavier de Soultrait will take part in the grueling Dakar rally race in the desert of Saudi Arabia. For this edition, the 32-year-old rider will race with a new team HT Rally Raid Husqvarna Racing. With his new moto, this champion has only one goal in mind: winning the Dakar 2021. Will this year be the one?
Dakar 2020: Xavier pushed himself beyond his limits
Xavier de Soultrait was forced to abandon the race in 2020 due to an injury sustained during the race. “During the third stage of the race, I fell off my bike at a speed of 10 km/h. As I used my hand to brace for the impact, I ended up cutting the median nerve deeply. I tried to stop the bleeding with an adhesive tape and pushed even harder to complete the stage. The doctors at Dakar had to sew my hand up. I kept going on the fourth stage, but the pain was too intense. Unfortunately, I was no longer in condition to reach my dream and goal which was winning the rally”.
For greater safety and visibility during the race, Xavier de Soultrait and his team will use the latest in headlight-bulb technology.
“Every morning, we ride the bikes for up to three hours in the dark. The roads are often small with stray animals and multiple obstacles. In these situations, bright front lighting is essential and I know I can rely on my Lumileds headlights” – Xavier de Soultrait.
For the Dakar 2021, Xavier and his team HT Rally Raid Husqvarna Racing need the latest lighting technology. Philips LED Ultinon Pro9000 bulbs are equipped with original automotive performance*. A lighting solution that ensures optimal visibility and driving comfort. It offers up to 250% brighter** and whiter light with an enhanced lifetime of up to 5,000 hours.
*Except H1 and H3 bulb types. **Compared to the minimum legal standard for halogen bulbs.
High-performance lighting is a must. With Philips X-tremeVision Pro150, Xavier chose the best blend of high performance and lifetime. A lighting solution that offers up to 150% brighter light* and a lifespan of up to 450 hours**.
*Brightness compared to the minimum legal standard. Applies to headlight bulbs.
The Dakar is one of the most important rallies in the world, pushing competitors to the limit. The 2021 edition takes place in Saudi Arabia, with a journey through the most impressive deserts in the world. Every year, men and women from all over the world participate in this race, which is recognized as one of the most challenging of our time.