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Dakar Rally 2014: Details And How To Follow The Action; The Mini Countryman And KTM Motorbike Win Does Robby Gordon A Chance In His Hummer?

Nearly 500 are tuning up their engines and in some last-minute workout in preparation for Dakar 2014, begins Sunday in Rosario, Argentina.

The annual, 34-year-old inspired by the landscape of North only to be chased off the African by radical Islamists in 2008, see hundreds of motorcycles, quad cars and heavy trucks over some of the roughest and mountain terrain of Chile and

Flags of different countries are at the Salt flat in Uyuni, 450 km (280 miles) south of La Paz 27, 2013, when Bolivian and residents of Uyuni celebrated Tourism Day on the Salt Flat. and quad bikes will into the area during the Rally 2014 as the rally to Bolivia for the first time it moved from Africa to America in 2009, thanks to from Al-Qaeda militants in Reuters

The 14-day race pit teams of racers and riders across the globe against one in a grueling slog that see participants drop out along the way as and drivers are put under conditions would turn a luxury SUV junkyard metal in a matter of

The race offers automakers an to showcase the potential of many of mainstream models. Japan’s Motors, for example, has gotten a lot of from past Dakar wins for its Pajero/Montero SUV, has won 11 of the 34 Dakar events that taken place since Peugeot, Citroen and Volkswagen also brought home Dakar victories, and in the past two the Mini Countryman has won for BMW.

The Touareg came in first 2009 to 2011.

For the past KTM, the Austrian motorcycle, and moped manufacturer, has dominated the motorbike rally. Before Dakar reign, Toyota and dominated.

Five-time Dakar Cyril Despres of France with his Yamaha motorcycle a news conference to announce the Argentina-Bolivia-Chile Dakar rally in November 20, 2013. Reuters

As for the behind the wheels and handlebars: The man to in the car category this year is Stephane Peterhansel. He has won the last two races (in the Mini Countryman) and has won the 11 times, including six times on motorcycles. The bikers will to beat Frenchman Cyril

He’s won five Dakars, three of the last four Both of these men have won the rallies, including last in similar terrain. Despres, has switched teams, from KTM to so if he wins again, KTM loses.

pilot Robby Gordon (L) with Argentina’s Tourism Enrique Meyer after a conference to announce the 2014 Dakar rally in Paris 20, 2013. The Dakar 2014 will start on January 5, from Rosario in Argentina to 18, 2014 at Valparaiso in Chile.

Many Dakar fans in the will be rooting for their underdog Robby Gordon, known to Americans as a skilled road course driver but who has earned his nickname “Baja for his five SCORE International racing on Mexico’s Baja He’ll be showing up again in his which flipped over year, costing him his chances. footage of Gordon and his Hummer fom Dakar Rally

To truly enjoy the two-week it’s best to be one of the participants, members or on-the-ground-spectators. Fox Sports provide daily update as it did last year. Spanish can go to Fox Sports’ Ultima Vuelta web dedicated to the Dakar rally for ongoing coverage.

The Dakar page and YouTube channel also be good sources for online updates. There’s an app for the iPhone or Android devices. The teaser video for the event was on Dakar’s official YouTube on Monday:

Founded by professional rally driver Thierry who was inspired after getting in the Libyan desert during a from Abidjan, Côte to the south of France. Like so Europeans before him, became enchanted with the Africa desert landscape and in founded the Dakar rally.

The rally started on Dec. 26, with 170 drivers and riders off from the French capital on a journey through Algeria, Mail, Burkina Faso and (Interrupted of course by the transfer of the and crews across the Mediterranean That rally took in 16 stages. Alain Genestier and Terbiaut won the rally driving a Rover (converted for heavy off-roading) while Cyril took the motorbike class that year riding a XT500.

Ethiopian-born, France-raised Hubert became the first Dakar participant to win the race in two divisions: in and 1983 riding a BMW R80G/S and in 1992 driving a Citroen ZX Raid. Jutta Kleinschmidt of Germany, became the first to win the race in 2001. Kleinschmidt and Andreas Schulz won in a Mitsubishi which, like the Citroen ZX Raid, has had an impressive track at Dakar.

Named after the of Senegal that has been the line of 13 of the 34 Dakar rallies have taken place the first one in 1979. Paris has the starting line for nine of the But in 2008 the landscape of the rally radically, thanks to Islamic

Members of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic … a French family on in Mauritania on Christmas Eve, and were reportedly planning to Dakar participants days

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Despite assurances from the government that the route be guarded by thousands of troops, Amaury Sport Organization, the coordinator that owns and the Dakar Rally, cancelled the just a day before more 500 cars, trucks, quad and motorcycles were to take off on adventure on Jan. 5. A year this interruption, the rally to celebrate the dreamlike desert of Sub-Saharan Africa moved to America, far from the reach of terrorists and their IEDs. But in the tip of South America, Dakar participants have found of challenging landscape to speed or get stuck in.

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is the daily schedule and the challenges will face. Each day have an average of 50 more to drive than last The distances section distances below are for the cars, which cover 9,374 kilometers miles) in 14 days.

The trucks race 9,188 kilometers miles) and the motorcycles and quad will cover 8,734 (5,427 miles).

Jan. 5 Rosario to San Luis, 809 kilometers miles)

The race begins in with all four classes quad bikes, trucks and driving the same route. The will be narrow, making more difficult. This also has plenty of stony and blind-jump gaps that pose considerable challenges.

Jan. 6 —  San Luis to San 798 kilometers (496 miles)

The landscape will open up in stretch of desert and sand giving participants opportunities to each other. Dune is a good test of technical

Jan. 7 —  San Rafael to San 596 kilometers (370 miles)

The of Argentina will welcome and drivers on Day Three. The bikes separate from the cars and for the next 48 hours. In the shadow of the Volcano competitors will 4,300 meters.

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