In 1987, driving his Cagiva to perfection through the deserts, heading for the finish line at Lac Rose. At the end of the second stage, a hidden root of his tree causes severe injury to both ankles. That would stop everyone, but not him. He could not stand on his feet, but managed to get back in the saddle and finish the stage of one of the most extreme races in the world of motorsport.

By this time, Hubert Auriol had already won 2 Paris-Dakar. But that day he proved what a legend consists of.