How did we keep our show on the road at the Dakar?

Keeping the cameras rolling at the most intense Dakar in recent memory was a test to the limit.
By Tim Sturtridge

With massive storms and landslides taking their toll on the 2017 Dakar Rally, the race certainly lived up to its reputation as the toughest motorsport event on the planet. It just so happens that this year saw RedBull.com and Red Bull TV bringing you unprecedented levels of coverage of the race.

Take a look at the images below to see how we were able to keep pace with motorsport's ultimate test of endurance.

The Dakar is all about man’s battle to conquer inhospitable terrain

Red Bull Content Pool photographer Flavien Duhamel

Go behind the scenes for a typical Dakar day with our selection of shots below.

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First on the scene
Red Bull Content Pool photographer Flavian Duhamel uses his Inmarsat portable satellite transmitter to send photos from the 2017 Dakar Rally in Argentina.
First on the scene As soon as the first bikes come past, images are beamed to the Red Bull Content Pool. © Nicolás Vergassola/Red Bull Content Pool
Rise and shine
Red Bull Content Pool photographer Marcelo Maragni uses his Inmarsat portable satellite transmitter to send photos from the 2017 Dakar Rally in Argentina.
Rise and shine Getting in pole position for our photographers usually meant taking the Land Rover out to the stage the night before and setting up camp. © Marcelo Maragni/Red Bull Content Pool
Out of office
Red Bull Content Pool photographer Marcelo Maragni uses his Inmarsat portable satellite transmitter to send photos from the 2017 Dakar Rally in Argentina.
Out of office With an Inmarsat mobile satellite transmitter the hood of the Ford Ranger morphs into an improvised photography studio. © Flavien Duhamel/Red Bull Content Pool
Satellite of Loeb
Red Bull Content Pool photographer Marcelo Maragni uses his Inmarsat portable satellite transmitter to send photos from the 2017 Dakar Rally in Argentina.
Satellite of Loeb Red Bull Content Pool photographer Marcelo Maragni processes his images of Sébastien Loeb and friends direct from the field. © Marcelo Maragni/Red Bull Content Pool
Another day in the field for this Ford Ranger
Red Bull Desert Wings Ford Ranger vehicle pictured in the Chilecito bivouac at the 2017 Dakar Rally.
Another day in the field for this Ford Ranger Our fleet of cars had to stand up to whatever the elements decided to the throw at them, including massive storms and landslides. © Flavien Duhamel/Red Bull Content Pool
Dirty deeds
A Ford Ranger in the Red Bull Desert Wings fleet gets a Kärcher power wash in the Chilecito bivouac at the 2017 Dakar Rally in Argentina.
Dirty deeds The award for the best showers in the bivouac once again goes to Kärcher this year. © Flavien Duhamel/Red Bull Content Pool
It’s a clean machine
A member of Yamaha Factory Racing uses a Kärcher power wash in the Chilecito bivouac at the 2017 Dakar Rally in Argentina.
It’s a clean machine A deep clean is an essential part of getting the bikes, cars, trucks and quads ready for another stage. © Flavien Duhamel/Red Bull Content Pool