2011 Dakar Rally
When riders take of on the first day of the 2011 Dakar Rally on the morning of Jan. 1, 2011, KTM will be going for the brand’s tenth title in this, the world’s toughest rally.
Spearheading the attack for the Austrian sports motorcycle manufacturer will be two teams: one led by Dakar titleholder Cyril Despres and the other by arch rival Marc Coma.
2011 Dakar Stage
The Dakar first discovered South America back in ‘09. Three years later, route preparation for the 2011 Dakar Rally provided confirmation that the landscapes continues to amaze, as the terrain is set to challenge the best of the world’s motorcycle enduro riders.
When the 2011 Dakar Rally begins in Buenos Aires on Jan. 1, it ushers in a new era for Cyril Despres and Austrian motorcycle manufacturer alongside the three other factory-supported riders competing on the latest KTM 450 Rally enduro motorcycles.
An accident has occurred involving the vehicle of competitor number 418. It left the track and collided with a group of spectators at the 75 km point in the day’s special stage, outside one of the designated "spectator zones".
Several people were injured including one who was left in a critical condition. They emergency services were quick to reach them and evacuate them alongside the race organizers’ medical assistance helicopters. A detailed report will be released later on in the day.
Marc Coma and Cyril Despres have shared Dakar Rally glory in past seasons and as they set off from Buenos Aires today for the challenges of Dakar 2010 both are optimistic that they can again this year be each other’s greatest opponents.
But Day One of the world’s most famous and challenging rally was largely ceremonial with no timed section and no results. The riders set off and made their way west to Colon where the first timed section starts on Saturday, the second day of the second decade of the 21st century.
2010 Dakar Begins
After a starting ceremony attended by more than 300,000 people in Buenos Aires, the competitors in the Dakar left Buenos Aires and headed to the first bivouac. This is where the first special stage will start tomorrow morning.
The technical and administrative scrutineering will be completed by the end of the afternoon for the drivers, riders and teams in the Dakar. Before hitting the trail, the contenders now have some time to enjoy their New Year’s Eve in Buenos Aires before mingling with the crowds on the occasion of the start podium ceremony that will be held tomorrow afternoon. Overall 362 vehicles including 151 motorcycles and 25 quads will start the rally.
Dakar Starts January 1st
The 2010 Dakar race is welcomed for the second consecutive year by Argentina and by Chile. The two countries have decided to start the year of the festivities of the bicentennial of their independence with the Dakar that will precisely take off from Buenos Aires on January 1st, 2010 for the incredible 8600 kilometers (5,344 miles) journey.
2010 Dakar Landing
The massive 2010 Argentina-Chile Dakar caravan aboard the Grande Brazile has arrived at the Delta Dock complex at Lima, Argentina. In all 550 vehicles (a majority are motorcycles), for the most part entered in the rally, others to be used by the organizers and media, were unloaded this morning. They are now ready to take on the 32nd edition of the rally that will be run from January 1st through January 17th.