2011 Dakar Video
The second day of competition is underway at the 2011 Dakar Rally in Argentina, the third time famed endurance race has occurred in South America.
This YouTube video previews what route the riders will run over the course of the 2011 Dakar, which began Jan. 1 and runs until Jan. 16.
This year, the Dakar route takes the competitors to the extreme northern regions of Argentina and Chile, to the Bolivian and Peru borders, just until the rest day at Africa, before heading back towards Buenos Aires.
The design of the Dakar route, consisting of 9000kms of roads, tracks and dunes, including nearly 5000 of competition, was done with the idea of saving the more difficult stages for the second half of the event to maintain maximum suspense and create a crescendo of difficulty. The competitors and teams are in for an extreme endurance challenge.
Beyond the numbers, another accomplishment has already been achieved with the finalization of a plan to intensify the competition: the elite in the motorcycle division will compete on bikes with engine capacities inferior to 450ccs.
This major change has sparked the interest of manufacturers who have entered strong line-ups in the battle for victory.
KTM is back with Cyril Despres and Marc Coma, who have combined to win the last five Dakars, and now will race with equal power against Aprilia (Lopez, Duclos…), BMW (Frétigné, Verhoeven…),Yamaha (Viladoms, Rodrigues…), Sherco (Casteu), Honda (Bethys,
Pisano…) as well as Beta (Boano).