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A Record Of MINIS … And Motivation To Match

With 12 cars at the Start, the Minis of Stéphane Peterhansel and Al Attiyah, X-Raid lines up as the to beat in the Dakar 2014. the fortress could be besieged by the developing buggies, or perhaps by the of Giniel De Villiers.

That is we can call an ‘Armada’. X-Raid has 12 in the Dakar, 11 of them Minis, the car that has shown its superiority in the two editions of the rally. At the wheel of winning machines, 5 drivers already been in the elite Top 5 of the Orlando Terranova (5th in Krzysztof Holowczyc (5th in and 2011); Joan ‘Nani’ winner on bikes 10 years ago and 2nd in in 2012; and, above two previous winners of the race: Al Attiyah in 2011 at the wheel of a and the master of the discipline, eleven-time Stéphane Peterhansel, with 6 on a bike and the last 2 in the team led by Quandt.

The duel promises to be Peterhansel and Qatari ‘recruit of the Al Attiyah, who has fallen for the charms of the after his buggy experience year. Nevertheless, the temperament of the other top-line competitors in the makes for a fierce battle will set the race alight … not the internal battles that work against teams!

As a the rivals who already showed teeth in 2013 will not have to depend on problems by the Minis to have a go at the podium. claims that the developments on the Hilux have made it more competitive. As if that not enough, Giniel De Villiers – the of the first Dakar in South – did a nice warm-up by finishing 3rd and 2nd in the last two years!

The South has certainly earned his stripes and is up in the front row of pretenders to “King throne. Another discreet but steady competitor is the Portuguese Sousa, leader of the team of Chinese manufacturer Haval. His are probably focused on the medium as is the case of Ford with Álvarez from Argentina.

style, but with the same of conviction … there are more and buggies, driven with and a certain kind of efficiency to the walls of X-raid’s fortress Philippe Gache, who got two of his new buggies the Top 10 last year, is aiming higher for 2014 and has perhaps himself the means to achieve it by 2010 winner Carlos to his team.

The options are also in two-wheel drives, with Vigouroux’s development of a vehicle last year by Damen it had already won four stages in its version with Al Attiyah and at the wheel. Now with better his two ‘Colorado’ prototypes will be by BJ Baldwin, the American off-road and Guerlain Chicherit, recruited at the minute by the Franco-American team.

Robby Gordon has reduced the of the Hummer he will line up in Rosario, but without losing an of motivation to try and upset the hierarchy. this space.

Dakar Live The Rally On Any Screen

The media success of the Dakar has evident in all formats since it This success now continues in the domain, which attracts web in their millions and creates an community on social networks in the In 2014, fans and followers be able to get right into the of the rally.

Dakar.com: a new-look app

Allowing web surfers to follow the as it unravels is the mission of the dakar.com It provides live information the start of each special until the arrival of the first through a series of dispatches is updated daily. Fans of the will be able to simultaneously see the interviews with key drivers/riders in stage, the experiences of amateur or behind-the-scenes shots of the event’s in the ‘Dakar Mag’ section.

All the videos of the rally will be every day on the official rally and also on the dedicated channels set up on and Daily Motion. In 2013, were 5 million hits on clips of the rally. The content on dakar.com (classification, positions, maps, photos, videos, is also available on the mobile which has been redesigned year.

It is still free of and can be used on any iPhone or Android

Facebook and Twitter: right the bivouac

Almost 850,000 on Facebook and over 100,000 to Twitter have already how they are going to participate in the On Facebook, the key moments of the race be relayed from the stage and a of the Day’ will be selected among the photos taken by along the way. This the official Twitter account relay key information throughout the and bulletins, interviews and other will be published on the website in languages (French, English,

Exclusive daily bulletins also be sent to followers so they can see what is happening in the at the end of the day (#insidedakar), ask the competitors questions (#askdakar) or follow night-time (#dakarnight). All the information on Twitter be included under the official #dakar2014.

Another new feature is the content simultaneously published on and Twitter, Instagram and Facebook be added to the My Dakar digital at www.dakar.com/mydakar. An official account has been created on the social BBM (in English and Spanish). A Chinese will also be adapted for a social network with 500 users!

Despres’ Big Gamble

Although his new Yamaha will to prove its worth throughout the race, Cyril Despres is the man to beat in the motorcycle category. usurpers to the throne include kid Marc Coma and fearless such as Chaleco, Hélder and Paolo Gonçalves…

One of the motorcycle at the Dakar seems to be head and above the rest. Cyril is unanimously recognised as a skilful but he has also proved his knack for adjusting his speed to the situation at and Fortune has often smiled him at the key moments of his heroic undertakings.

It is just as well that she is on his since his next objective is a of epic proportions: the Frenchman to equal Stéphane Peterhansel’s of six wins at the Dakar, but he has left KTM of 12 consecutive editions) for a Yamaha has delivered lots of promise. but not else! In this Herculean the five-time winner will up against his nemesis Marc who was forced to sit out last year’s due to an injured shoulder but is psyched up to for a fourth win which would the momentum in his favour.

The Catalan is at the helm of a KTM team packed talent and ambition. Ruben and Francisco Chaleco López, the who fought for the second and third on last year’s podium, be riding the same motorcycles time round, just Jordi Viladoms (fourth in Yamaha will also be Olivier Pain, who led the race for days last year, and Verhoeven, always on the prowl.

the rally will be more just a duel between the and Japanese teams. Another squad, this one in the colours of will also be in the mix. Rodrigues, who has already finished behind Despres and Coma on two occasions, gave the motorcycle its outing in 2013 and is now going for

Since last January, the has strengthened its ranks with Barreda, who has earned a reputation as the rider of them all, and raid world champion Gonçalves, winner of the Dos Sertões in and the Rally of Morocco. More enough to make Honda the with the best prospects.

those vying for the top honours, a rider will be aiming for a overall place. Among KTM’s Frenchman David Pole Jakob Przygoński and Ivan Jakes (fourth year), as well as Speedbrain’s Alessandro Botturi (eighth in The French Sherco squad is on a strong duo to prove its motorcycles come of age: Joan (fifth in 2011 and 2013) and Duclos (sixth in 2010) both been tasked making it to Valparaíso in the top 10. It will be but easy…

Through the first

Chicherit, just in time

EV Racing’s first victory has the surprise element. Less two weeks before the rally off, Guerlain Chicherit has to find a drive to be at the start … and not any old drive!

For his seventh Dakar, the skiing multiple world will be at the wheel of a buggy in the United States from the between Damen Jefferies of the buggies driven by Al Attiyah and in 2013) and Eric Vigouroux, and in the seat that the French had initially reserved for himself. the opportunity to give Guerlain a came up, I didn’t hesitate for a With him and BJ Baldwin, my buggies are in hands.

Of course, I’m a bit not to be competing myself, but I prefer to the team’s future.” For the new recruit, his registration means that he can aim for the again, having finished 8th year and won a 7th stage in the Dakar in an SMG “I fought hard to get a drive in the 2014. It hasn’t been but I simply couldn’t sit at home. The is in my blood! True, I haven’t this year, but my motivation has been so strong.

So, I’m to take my time in the two or three stages after the start to get in the groove. Then I’ll go out. I’m convinced car has the means to shine, starting this year.”

The Dakar on tv

“Bringing the dream to those who be there”, as Thierry Sabine this is the mission entrusted to the channels that will the images of the Dakar to the rest of the

The images of the Dakar can surprise, and move people. As time has they have conquered the of 190 countries, which invite viewers to watch two weeks of and sporting feats. On this the broadcasting of the rally has reached out to the corners of the earth and moreover is to improve its audience figures, in the countries directly involved in the event.

As a result, the Pan-American Fox Sports, a loyal partner the race’s African era, has increasing its coverage and resources each edition. In addition to its coverage, its Brazilian and, this year, Chilean are each day devoting dedicated to their national representatives. In on the Dakar 2014, the teams for Fox total 17 technicians, consultants and which is the second biggest after the France Télévisions of 25 people, for programme times of four and five hours per

A newcomer to the route of the Dakar, is also a rookie on the event its public channel Bolivia TV, in addition to its daily programme, be organising ambitious live for the stages that the country host. Revised and enhanced will also be put in place in (Téléfuturo), but also in Canada RDS), Poland (TVN), (RTVS), Portugal (RTP), (Italia 2) and Bulgaria (BNT).

To viewers’ appetite for thrills, the teams work each on improving the quality and diversity of broadcast, especially during the long daily programme, with exceptional resources and in times. Aerial views, with the major players in the but also amateurs, as well as and technical features are just of the subjects that each day up a menu that viewers can in front of their screens.

the Dakar attracts television the written press, radio and agencies also flock to the in large numbers. Their and reporters travel by plane or in cars. In total, 400 permanent are granted passes to cover the

THE TV RESOURCES IN FIGURES:

• 3 helicopters and 5 TV on the tracks.

• 13 cameramen positioned the race’s sites, 11 on-board systems, 2 super slow-motion (1,000 images per second), 7 antenna, 21 editing suites.

• 45 tonnes of equipment.

people.

• 120 hours of 7.5 hours per day including 1 hour 30 of live broadcast.

Al Attiyah to the

12/19/13

The winner of the Dakar in has decided to come to the aid of Gilbert who it now turns out will indeed be starter’s orders for the Dakar his twin brother Oriol. at FC Barcelona, Qatar has taken on a accent!

The story of the Escalé is already somewhat of a soap on the Dakar. The two Catalan bikers had to ride their dream together, but the late withdrawal of one of main sponsors forced to choose which one of them ride the only bike accessible for their budget. smiled on Oriol, condemning to content himself with a in a press vehicle.

Published on the web site, the tale had soon the rounds of the newspapers, in particular the ones, until it was noticed by Cruz, co-pilot to Nasser Al who was involved in testing in Germany: “I him this quite remarkable and he immediately asked me if I had their number. I made sure I it and then called them. told me they had money so I said that Nasser was to help them. So there a problem anymore!”

At the other end of the Gilbert could hardly what he was hearing. The following he had just about got his head the change in fortunes that has put him in the saddle: “I’m over the What’s happened for me is a miracle. days ago, I found out I wouldn’t be able to race, but now ok. Nasser is a wonderful guy.

All he in return was for me to wear the colours of on my coveralls and I’ll be doing with plenty of pride. more, my brother is so happy I’ll be with him so he’s to do it too” . Having returned to after carrying out the final on his Mini, Nasser is delighted to put a smile back on the faces of the two olds: “First and foremost, a Dakar driver and I know how bad must have felt to see plans fall apart.

I had the to help them, so I didn’t In fact, I’ll be keeping a eye on them. I know they are talented and it may turn out that given my backing to a future of the Dakar” . As the Olympic shooting medal he won in the skeet event he has a good eye.

Gilbert has himself an ideal sponsor.

How Will Marcos Still Be The

12/18/13

Among the 40 quads to the rally, more than 60% of are South American riders, will be many challengers for the The phenomenal Marcos Patronelli is the major favourite to defend his but the competition seems likely to the boat…

Alone or together, as a duo or in the Patronelli brothers have all-conquering in the quad category for the four editions of the Dakar. January, it was Marcos who represented the with the efficiency that is now with the family’s reputation. the second day, the Gaucho control of the race and then in the of four stages built a of more than an hour, him to manage the situation and win his second in Santiago.

With 14 stage (without hardly breaking sweat!) in five participations, Patronelli has become one of the major on the Dakar, in addition to taking on the of Argentinean flag-bearer. He will have to live up to this when lining up on the starting in Rosario on 5th January. Despite his calm and collected appearance, the of the boss is without doubt.

there are many challengers for Marcos to make a mistake or to try and out-race him.

His South neighbours have shown to be the most threatening and are gaining in each year. In 2013, Casale climbed on to the second of the podium, confirming the promise he had shown in previous years. The has since won the Desafio Inca in whilst one of his Argentinean rivals, Bonetto (4th in 2013) won the other Dakar Series the Desafio Ruta 40.

Respectively 26 and 22 years old, they the emerging generation of Latino riders ready to do battle. of course, the precociousness of Jeremias Ferioli, a tender 18 years of does not grab the glory: on the Ruta 40, the boy from Cordoba a 6th-placed finish!

The ambitions of the challengers are clear, but some riders also intend to this new wave, and even on the leading roles. This be the case for Polish rider Sonik, again 3rd last and still driven by the same for victory. Dutchman Sebastian may have made his debut year on the event, but managed to on the tails of Marcos Patronelli for the five days before ground and finishing the race in 6th

He will legitimately be aiming for the too.

Streamlined for the big time

having left the Dakar in position for his return to the event in Eric Vigouroux has totally his approach to designing his vehicle. Damen Jefferies, the two neighbours in have produced two buggies of springing surprises, one of which be driven by the American star BJ

Just turned 18 …

Warm-up

In the course of a three-day ‘express of the three countries that host the rally in January, the has tested the temperature of the public’s as the event approaches. Basically, Lavigne and his tightly-knit team able to feel a great of enthusiasm, starting in Bolivia Tuesday.

As a testimony to the importance of the first appearance in the country, President Evo Morales personally his support to the 8 competitors and teams who be Bolivia’s ambassadors during the (see our article on 11th The following day, the motivation of the competitors was evidenced by the large of journalists present in Plaza in Valparaiso, where the finish of the 36th edition of the Dakar be held on January 18th.

On this occasion, Chilean Sebastian Pinera promised to his country’s racers as heroes 500,000 spectators expected for magnificent spectacle” . The crowd may be bigger because Chile has candidates for the podium, with – of – Francisco ‘Chaleco’ López in (he finished 3rd in 2013) and quad Ignacio Casale, who finished to Marcos Patronelli last Casale took advantage of the of microphones thrust at him to lay down the “I am proud that Chile is the finish of the Dakar again.

ready, believe me, and I am going to it my all to try and bring some joy to my country.” For the the rendezvous was held in the country’s of motorsport, the Automovil Club (ACA) in Buenos Aires. by Tourism Minister Enrique the Argentinian competitors �’ by Orlando Terranova and Javier �’ were inspired by the of Juan-Manuel Fangio to give the energy they will during the two weeks the rally They all have their set on Rosario now!

Will The New Repeat Their Triumph?

With his eyes full of on the podium in Santiago, Eduard put the shine back into with his first success in the last year. The time is to confirm that victory, but De Rooy and a long list of drivers intend to make difficult for the Kamaz team.

his eyes full of tears on the in Santiago, Eduard Nikolaev put the back into Kamaz his first success in the Dakar year. The time is approaching to that victory, but Gerard De and a long list of Dutch intend to make life for the Kamaz team.

It was a light shot, not a hard blow. The day Chagin retired after wins in the class ushered in a time for the Kamaz team, had to undertake a renewal of drivers who had not their full potential The following year – 2012 – de Rooy’s win, with no presence on the podium, confirmed how it was to look ahead to the future.

normal service was restored in the edition of the Dakar, where star Eduard Nikolaev to get a blue truck onto the step of the podium. To round off, the team showed form by completing the ranking Ayrat Mardeev (2nd) and Karginov (3rd), and all this an average age of just over 29. A of fierce competition.

Aware of the of repeating the exploit, the engineers Naberezhnye Chelny have a version of their truck – like their rivals – a smaller engine that is just as powerful: “because we the page every year” . the ‘little Czar’ Eduard

As for 2014’s ‘page’, De Rooy and his intend to write it in a rather forceful style than year. Although De Rooy won 6 (he had perhaps dreamed of starting a blue’ era), the Dutchman’s 4th in the final ranking left him a taste in the mouth. His cousin Stacey, winner in 2007 and in 2012, is the second trump in the group.

By slightly moving from the Eindhoven-based team, one the feeling that Kamaz run the of being assaulted by an armada of trucks in teams of differing but all to be taken seriously nevertheless. winning his first special last January, Peter is aiming quite a bit higher his 7th place with his MAN truck, has been tuned up in the workshops of the team. The Ginaf trucks, redesigned and developed since year, will have the Wuf Van Ginkel back, and also Van den Brink, to have a shot at the

The wind of technological revolution has not been blowing over the of Holland. The real outsider well come from the Republic, and people will be the Tatra of Ales Loprais closely. Its bodywork has adopted the look launched by De Rooy two ago.

Re-christened “Queen his reworked truck allows him to aim at a finish as in 2007. In a nearby team, Martin Kolomy was in the battle for the podium during the part of the rally before back to 5th place. One could Kolomy will make a to proudly fly the colours of the Czech at the podium ceremony this in Valparaiso!

Bolivia impatient to get

12/11/13

To celebrate, slightly in the first visit of the Dakar to Etienne Lavigne was welcomed to La Paz for a where President Evo Morales to encourage the riders and drivers his country.

The big day is approaching. In hardly than a month’s time, the bivouac will set up camp to the Uyuni salt pans, the bikers and quad riders on the will be in residence for a historical As regards the ambiance, the Bolivians already started to show pride and joy, notably a presentation conference which was not far off a grand ceremony of support to all the riders and drivers taking in the rally.

Having come in La Paz in the lounges of the Radisson Hotel, out for the occasion in the Dakar’s colours and with 400 journalists, the 3 bikers and 5 car who will be representing the country in were already able to the support that they enjoy. Collectively moved by signs of recognition, the Bolivian state of mind can be summed up by the of their expected leading Juan-Carlos Salvatierra. “I’m sure that I will an exceptional experience.

It’s a chance that such a big comes to our country and that we can part in it,” explains the who finished in 29th position on the Dakar, stealing the limelight even the national football thanks to his performance behind the The celebratory ambiance of the meeting a more solemn turn for the given by the President of the Bolivian

Evo Morales, who made sure he the riders and drivers in person, that the Dakar represents, “a challenge for Bolivia. It is a superb to be in the spotlight and share our culture and with the whole wide We promise that everyone receive a welcome worthy of event” . To transmit the necessary fervour to help the competitors their assignment, the many raised the rafters with a performance of the national anthem, by every single person in showing that there is of spirit for success!

Controlling the

12/10/13

Before the very preparations and fine-tuning which are necessary, a decisive week an organisational point of view has come to a close for the Dakar. All the involved in the smooth running of the have received their

Preparations for the Dakar run throughout the The riders and drivers, often to raise their budgets, away in their workshops or their spare time in centres or swimming pools than in a cinema, are perfectly of this fact. The same is arguably to a greater extent, for the organisational teams, who are under an obligation to produce results, the first to the last stage.

In the that precedes the race, a week has just come to a with a series of general for the members of the organisational teams, providers and race crew who will be involved in keeping the machine” running from to Valparaiso. Less than a from the start of the event, everything has been planned as the route, logistics, personnel etc.

However, each and needs to be exactly aware of his or her in this sometimes complex and, according to Etienne this is precisely the aim of such “In fact, it’s a big check-list we need to run through before to ensure that everybody is ready. Each time, requires explanations, so that the get a perfect feel of just how we For example, the distinctive features of year, with several having different routes for the categories, mean that we to make a precise evaluation of the to avoid any unpleasant surprises,” the Director of the Dakar on completion of the stage of these briefings.

the series of meetings started in with an overview concerning the ASO taking part in the rally. it was almost the entire race HQ, between the rally and Paris in which was brought together to themselves with the day-to-day of the event.

To get back into the of things, there is nothing a simulation exercise to anticipate the types of situations that may “For more than hours, we worked in real-time on the of a complex stage, taking as an example,” explains Pascal formerly head of the race HQ. were around thirty who were all called upon to to the safety incidents that according to the respective roles fulfilled. We planned plenty of cases, some of which mightily strange, but which all with situations that we already experienced: what when one of the helicopters breaks at the start of the stage?

How do you communicate an injured rider or driver who can speak Mongolian? We need to be to find the best solution on the so it is very useful to prepare for Making this problem-solving of mind a habit is a help to . Thereafter, around one hundred crew members and race came to Paris to listen to the dispensed by David Castera and Lavigne.

The second stage of the series will take in Argentina as from the end of this with all the South Americans in organising the Dakar.

Sherco 50 Enduro Champion Replica
Sherco 50 Enduro Champion Replica

Ullevalseter: has been an excellent form of preparation”

The Norwegian rider a new talent by taking part in a TV show. Now comes the time to his talents to his bike…

The agility and poise of Pal-Anders Ullevalseter never been in doubt for all who regularly follow the Dakar. In his 11 participations in the rally, the biker the not inconsiderable feat of finishing 9 in the overall top 10, even managing the achievement of being runner-up in For many, he is characterised by both his and his discretion.

However, in Norway, his in the dunes of Africa and South have made him a national icon. As a result, after previous attempts, the country’s TV showbiz attraction, “Skal vi the Norwegian version of “Strictly Dancing”, once again Pal-Anders, and he finally let himself be by the experience. “They asked me times in the past to take and each time I said no.

year, I accepted, to make it to attract sponsors. I was very when I started it, though, I don’t have any rhythm I do enough crazy things it comes to riding the bike!

season, I had a nasty accident in in April. I wasn’t able to properly before August. In the dancing has been an excellent of physical preparation.

During the run, we spent between 6 and 10 per day dancing” . In the end, the biker/dancer in 6th place, a position in which he has finished four times on the

Kaczmarski: I like to set myself goals

All eyes on the rookie

A for two…

D-day for the Dakar…

to Le Havre already seems a victory. For many Dakar the challenge is spread over months, even several With the difficulty in getting a together, the meticulous preparatory on the vehicle, the races and tests are essential to get the riders or drivers to the discipline’s requirements, the preparatory are often long and tedious earning a place on the starting

For the European competitors, it is symbolically when they load vehicle onto the boat for South America. This the road to Le Havre was not an easy for everyone. The bad weather currently the centre of France made very difficult for Patrick for example, who left Saint-Etienne in the on Thursday morning, heading Normandy.

At a different end of the scale, strategist Robby Gordon, very thorough when it to managing transport costs, has inflicted a memorable journey on his trucks. After having his workshops in California and headed to New where a first cargo took them to Antwerp, the and their precious cargo themselves with Robby in for the presentation of the rally. It was on the road to Le that the American met with his navigation problems, because he at least half a day to cover the 200 between the French capital and the

Dakar 2014: Changing …

11/20/13

The organisers of the Dakar taken advantage of the announcement of the of the 36th Dakar to reveal a of competitors that is full of Despres with Yamaha, with KTM and Coma, Al Attiyah in X-Raid to battle against the panorama has been turned down with a series of since last January.

The is in Rosario, the city where one of the ceremonies of the Argentinian nation place two hundred years long before it saw the birth of Che and later Lionel Messi. January 5th around 450 vehicles are in the city to start the 36th of the Dakar. It will be the longest one the race first arrived in America.

It will cover than 9,000 kilometres in of which 5,000 are special to finally reach the Chilean of Valparaiso, a historic travellers’ after crossing the stunning of Salar d’Uyuni in Bolivia. In of kilometres, the altitude record also be surpassed plus two stages for bikes and quads, itineraries have been over at least one third of the

Basically, the Dakar 2014 is higher, and harder; the extreme challenge par excellence. In all its categories, the has already started behind the with out-of-season transfers will surely upset the

Despres goes for it in a challenge à la Rossi

On two wheels, KTM’s has lasted for twelve editions. the departure of Cyril Despres spring deprives the Austrian of one its trump cards. The team maintains a good chance of its domination, with a group by Marc Coma. The ambitious rider, who returns to the Dakar a dislocated shoulder in 2013, to make up ground on his rival by a fourth trophy to his collection.

He be well accompanied in KTM by three podium winners: Rubens and Chaleco Lopez, respectively 2nd and 3rd in and also David Casteu, two previous experiences at the handlebars of a KTM saw him in the Top 5 (2nd in 2007, 4th in 2009). KTM’s number of victories be directly challenged by Yamaha, YZF 450 already showed its pace year.

The five-time winner of the has taken on the development of the machine the year, and sets off on a challenge in the of Valentino Rossi: To try and win a title changing team. The official team, which had its learning in the 2013 Dakar, has also out the boat in its recruitment in its attempt to victory: with Helder it can now count on the ambition of world Paolo Gonçalves and the proven of Joan Barreda.

Minis: A of crabs with golden

Traffic jams are quite at the top end of the cars category. The level of is such that the Minis’ is not guaranteed, but Sven Qandt has steps to sow the seeds of chaos his group. The owner of the X-raid who is not very fond of race has convinced Nasser Al-Attiyah to back, giving us the prospect of a for the title with Stéphane and Nani Roma and Krzysztof a real basket of crabs golden claws!

Particularly at taking advantage of the panic him, Giniel De Villiers also benefit from a pick-up that is showing of maturity, after having the last two places on the podium in and 2013. His team-mate Leeroy who is starting his first Dakar, is considered one of the rising starts in the As for the 4x4s, Ford’s first will be closely watched now Lucio Alvarez (5th in has been given the role of

And the buggies will also part to contribute to the spectacle. if in front of the Minis. Carlos ambition has always been to and this time he plans to his … at the wheel of an SMG buggy. A all-conquering spirit drives Gordon, who will be at the wheel of a Hummer; a smaller model but powered.

The fans of the big ‘ships’ across the dunes will the show provided by the always-spectacular BJ the recent winner of the Baja

Russia vs. Holland: A technological in the trucks category

The quad could beat a new record of with more than 40 Among then, Marcos will try and win his third title. His American rivals have closer and closer over the few years, especially young such as Ignacio Casale and Bonetto.

Poland’s Rafal is also thereabouts … on two counts, his team-mate is the only female rider, Camelia Liparoti.

In the triple win by Kamaz in 2013 has motivated Nikolaev’s rivals to out a technological revolution. The Ivecos of De Rooy and Hans Stacey, in 2012 and 2007, may no longer be the rivals of the Russian ‘Armada’. Wuf Van will drive a completely Ginaf truck, while the team has given Pieter a Man that has just come out of the and Ales Loprais has completely his Tatra, now called “Queen A whole world of promise …

Etienne Lavigne, Director of the

“The Dakar lives off to history. With this in Rosario, in a way we are paying tribute to a of Che Guevara: “Let’s be realistic, ask for the impossible. This year’s is already a challenge that the competitors through Bolivia, the that is geographically and culturally at the of the continent. The Dakar will its altitude record, but also the that the rally is really height, and more than symbolically.”

David Castera, Director of the Dakar

“We know accumulated fatigue is one of the most factors to deal with in the With an average of 50 extra to be covered every day in comparison the previous edition, we could say we have increased the level of by one or two notches: these extra will affect everyone! is part of the spirit of rally


The meaning of history

11/20/13

We are The aim of the Dakar is to build bridges, to links between those who are to the beauty of wide open and the image of the physical and mental embodied by the drivers and co-drivers.

We being pursuing this for the last 35 years with an determination to pass on this As the final preparations get underway, the is always amazing and moving: the brings people together. We welcome around 450 vehicles at the of the rally, representing more 50 nationalities!

And if the image of the Dakar is significant,it is because it is based on symbols which give rightful place to history.

The edition will undoubtedly be of meaningful allusions, beginning our meeting place, Rosario, one of the decisive stages in the creation of took place. It was also the of Che Guevara, a pioneer of the Dakar in his own since his commitment to social developed when he crossed behind the handlebars of a Morton 500

The visit to Bolivia should be as a message addressed to the entire since its founder Simon was also the liberator of a great of neighbouring countries. In the heart of visit, the motorcyclists will a driving experience “between and earth” at Salar de Uyuni, the salt flat in the world, the Dakar’s ability to surprise us and to the dream imagined by Thierry At the end of their journey, those who tamed the Atacama Desert in will experience the joy and emotion of the in Valparaiso, which was historically capitalfor travellers…

Étienne

Director of the Dakar

An extra of French fries on the Dakar

Diers was a sensation in the Dakar Five years on, the “French Shop” will be back on the …

There are several ways of out in the Dakar. The most prestigious, is to fight for the title, but few competitors are to achieve that. Those who to stand out can also produce an vehicle, turning up at the start at the wheel of a 2 CV, a sidecar or a scooter! the only way to really be credible reaching the finish line. was the little exploit Hervé achieved 5 years ago by finishing the in … a ‘chip fryer’.

The Northern driver, who manufactures shop for a living, had already participated times in conventional vehicles, but he to take on his first South Dakar in a French-fries truck wowed the Argentinians and Chileans: “We had one of the mascots of the rally, everyone us on along the route. What’s we made it to the end, which our joke even more people take us more now.” recalls Hervé during the final preparations for the edition.

In the meantime, this ambassador of northern France has to squeeze the most of the ‘fat out of his chips with great He has even beaten the world for the biggest French fries getting together 3,000 peelers for the occasion over one Before embarking in Le Havre in a few time, the most famous of Hazebrouk put on a great party evening for all his supporters, who are already forward to seeing the French-fries crossing the desert. “There more than 1,000 there. People who support me and all part in our adventure in their own As Hervé explains, “Our is also to promote French northern France and its people.”

The cries for Caselli

The official Bull rider who was one of the surprise at last year’s Dakar the withdrawal of Marc Coma had a promising debut in a discipline he was discovering, winning two stages as as his first appearance, before the win several months later at the Ruta 40, the Argentine leg of the Dakar “Special K” who was therefore among the for the next edition of the Dakar, was injured and died at the Ensenada in Mexico after a crash in the portion of the race. “This saddens me even more back in January, the Dakar had a rider of great talent, but a likeable character, humble, who was so After earning a superb on the tracks of the American off-road he admitted been conquered by rallies” . remembers Etienne The Dakar director, as well as the organisation team of the rally, their sadness to those of the and relatives of Kurt Caselli.

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