You don't need to delve too deep into Max Hunt's history to work out what attracted him to the Dakar. A born thrill seeker, the 34-year-old Englishman has taken part in a host of extreme sports over the years, including skydiving, paramotoring and wingsuit base jumping. He also holds a helicopter pilot's licence and won the British U13 water-skiing championship as a teenager. Max began riding motorcycles at the age of 10 and worked his way up to the British Superbike Championship, until a serious crash in 2011 spelled the end of his road career. Undeterred, he has continued to seek out adventure - and his love of travel and high-octane sports led him to the Dakar, which he successfully completed on his maiden participation in 2017. The original plan last year was to line up with younger brother Harry Hunt - who finished 10th in the cars in 2016 - but the latter was forced to pull out after breaking his neck in a crash in Morocco. Dakar 2018 will still be something of a family affair for Max, though - his wife will be joining him in an assistance vehicle, while his three-month old son will also be coming along for the ride. After all, you're never too young to get a first taste of the Dakar!
"I loved the Dakar in 2017! It was awesome, a real full-on experience. I used to race superbikes as a hobby and ended up in the British Superbike Championship, but after a big crash I had to stop. I spent a while messing around doing all sorts of stuff, different hobbies, but then when I heard about the Dakar I knew I had to do it. I trained flat out for it, managed to get to the finish line last year, and I've really just fallen in love with it. This year I haven't had time to do anything except the Red Bull Romaniacs in July, but I've been doing some training and aerobics stuff in Portugal and I just can't wait for the rally. It should be great, especially in Peru. My wife is coming along to drive the support truck and we're bringing our kid with us as well - he'll only be three months old!"
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