In Dakar, there is a whole lot of professionalism, a great deal of preparations, and at the end, there is this margin of bad luck lurking. The fundamental conclusion I have drawn from this rally is that one must assume an even greater margin.
In the first special leg, just seventeen kilometers from the finish line, Rafał had a serious accident. The quad rider overturned, damaged the vehicle and broke his arm. This forced him to withdraw from further competition. Still, he stayed on the route to cheer on other Poles still in the rally.
After the rally ended, he said:
I wish to congratulate all the winners. It was a hard rally and the best have won. I do hope that we will meet again in Argentina next year to undertake the hardship of the competition anew.