"Starikovich-Heskes Team" sponsorship at the Dakar 2017


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Dakar 2017 General Ranking

Place: 45/93
Overall Time: 79:43:29
Penalty: 15:27:00

January 14th - Río Cuarto - Buenos Aires

Time: 09:36:00
Gap: 00:22:14
Stage's winner: Sébastien Loeb

January 13th - San Juan - Río Cuarto

Time: 11:09:00
Gap: 04:26:36
Stage's winner: Sébastien Loeb

January 12th - Chilecito - San Juan

Time: 11:09:00
Gap: -
Stage's winner: Stéphane Peterhansel

January 11th - Salta - Chilecito


January 10th - Uyuni - Salta

Time: 10:09:00
Gap: -
Stage's winner: Sébastien Loeb

January 9th - La Paz - Uyuni

Time: 13:36:00
Gap: 01:20:18
Stage's winner: Sébastien Loeb

January 7th - Oruro - La Paz


January 6th - Tupiza - Oruro

Time: 10:25:45
Gap: 02:49:59
Stage's winner: Cyril Despres

January 5th - San Salvador de Jujuy - Tupiza

Time: 10:22:30
Gap: 07:05:38
Stage's winner: Stéphane Peterhansel

January 4th - San Miguel de Tucumán - San Salvador de Jujuy

Time: 10:44:30
Gap: 04:01:19
Stage's winner: Sebastien Loeb

January 3rd - Resistencia - San Miguel de Tucumán

Time: 13:27:30
Gap: 01:38:51
Stage's winner: Sebastien Loeb

January 2nd - Asunción - Resistencia

Time: 12:45:00
Gap: 00:19:12
Stage's winner: Nasser Al-Attiyah

About the team

How meeting with the Nasser Al-Attiyah has brought the team to The Dakar 2017

It may be considered that the Autolife team was born when Roman Starikovich met Nasser Al-Attiyah, the legend of the Dakar rally, during the clay target shooting world championship that took place in Cyprus in 2015. It was Nasser, who inspired Roman to participate in the competition, and in August 2015, the Autolife pilot started gearing up for the race very actively. At this time, Desert Warrior rally car was ordered, which the team members call "Bumblebee".

Some time later, a real luck favored the team: Nasser introduced Roman to Annie Seel, one of the most famous women in motorcycle sport history, who participated in 7 Dakar rallies. All together, they went to Morocco for training where they met Bert Heskes, the Autolife team co-pilot-to-be.

After completing the team, they continued preparing for the race more intensively and participated in several local races in Cyprus. "Starikovich-Heskes Team" won three times, but during the competition in Famagusta, the car turned upside down and the team was disqualified.

When commenting on this, Bert Heskes was rather brief: "I guess we needed to turn upside down at least once before the Dakar, just to know what it feels like".

The team’s pilot, Roman Starikovich, is an experienced racer with more than 60,000 off road kilometers in Europe, Africa, and Australia under his belt.

Roman Starikovich

Roman Starikovich


23 October 1973, Smolensk, USSR


CEO Orpheus Group


Cross African Expedition Port Said 2008
Trans African Expedition Alexandria 2009
Transmediterranean Expedition 2010
Australian Round Expedition 2011
East Safari Rally 2016
Palmtree Rally 2016

The co-pilot, Bert Heskes, has already participated in the Dakar rally in 2016.

The team will race on the Desert Warrior car, created by Rally Raid, the British company, based on Land Rover jeep running gear.

Bert Heskes

Bert Heskes


21 June 1962, Amsterdam, Netherlands


Interim Manager


Expedition style off road travel since 1998
Dutch National Championships T1.1 and T1.2
German Baja 300
Libya Rally (5th overall)
Dakar support in 2007
Dakar co-pilot 2016