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Old 26th December 2013, 23:18   #1
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Hi all, hope you are all excited about the Dakar 2014.

2013 was great for Yamaha but in the final stages, KTM took the lead. More info here:
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/intl-m...ar-2013-a.html (Yamaha, Dakar and 2013)

BTW, this year, there are some important changes. They are:

Last year's Champion Cyril Despres who rode for KTM is now associated with Yamaha and is riding in the number 1 position.

Marc Coma is doing good and he is back in action for KTM.

David Casteu, the top performer for Yamaha has joined KTM.

Frans Verhoeven, Michael Metge and Olivier Pain continue their success on Yamaha.

Unfortunately, the star performer Rodney Faggotter who showed great performance on Yamaha is not participating in the Dakar 2014 :-(

Dakar 2014 for bikes is all about Yamaha and KTM. Here is the list of participants for each team:

Yamaha 41

Honda 34

KTM 63

Husqvarna 2

BMW 2

Suzuki 5

Kawasaki 5

Others 21

Watch these videos for some delightful moments :-)





List of participants:

N° Name Mark
1 DESPRES CYRIL*(FRA) YAMAHA
2 COMA MARC*(ESP) KTM
3 BARREDA BORT JOAN*(ESP) HONDA
4 VILADOMS JORDI*(ESP) KTM
5 LOPEZ CONTARDO FRANCISCO*(CHL) KTM
6 PAIN OLIVIER*(FRA) YAMAHA
7 RODRIGUES HELDER*(PRT) HONDA
8 FARIA RUBEN*(PRT) KTM
9 CASTEU DAVID*(FRA) KTM
10 GONCALVES PAULO*(PRT) HONDA
12 VERHOEVEN FRANS*(NLD) YAMAHA
14 PIZZOLITO JAVIER*(ARG) HONDA
15 PRZYGONSKI JAKUB*(POL) KTM
16 JAKES IVAN*(SVK) KTM
17 METGE MICHAEL*(FRA) YAMAHA
18 SUNDERLAND SAM*(GBR) HONDA
19 SVITKO STEFAN*(SVK) KTM
20 ULLEVALSETER PAL ANDERS*(NOR) KTM
21 BOTTURI ALESSANDRO*(ITA) SPEEDBRAIN
22 DUCLOS ALAIN*(FRA) SHERCO
23 PEDRERO GARCIA JUAN*(ESP) SHERCO
24 FARRES GUELL GERARD*(ESP) GAS - GAS
26 GOUET DANIEL*(CHL) HONDA
27 GUASCH MARC*(ESP) GAS - GAS
28 KNUIMAN HENK*(NLD) KTM
29 DE AZEVEDO JEAN*(BRA) HONDA
30 VAN NIEKERK RIAAN*(ZAF) KTM
31 CECI PAOLO*(ITA) SPEEDBRAIN
32 GRABHAM BEN*(AUS) KTM
33 PELLICER JOSE MANUEL*(ESP) SUZUKI
34 STANOVNIK MIRAN*(SVN) KTM
36 PATRAO MARIO*(PRT) SUZUKI
37 DE SOUZA DARIO JULIO*(BRA) HONDA
38 ISRAEL ESQUERRE JEREMIAS*(CHL) SPEEDBRAIN
39 PABISKA DAVID*(CZE) KTM
40 SALVATIERRA JUAN CARLOS*(BOL) SPEEDBRAIN
41 PROHENS FELIPE*(CHL) YAMAHA
42 PROHENS JAIME*(CHL) YAMAHA
43 ZANOTTI ALESSANDRO*(MAF) TM
44 OLIVEIRA PEDRO*(PRT) SPEEDBRAIN
45 OLIVERAS CARRERAS DANIEL*(ESP) GAS - GAS
46 RODRIGUEZ PABLO*(ARG) HONDA
47 QUINTANILLA PABLO*(CHL) KTM
49 OLIVEIRA VICTOR*(PRT) HUSQVARNA
50 SANZ LAIA*(ESP) HONDA
51 ARREDONDO FRANCISCO*(GTM) KTM
52 RODRIGUEZ CLAUDIO*(CHL) HONDA
53 BIANCHI PRATA PEDRO*(PRT) HUSQVARNA
55 PASCUAL PABLO OSCAR*(ARG) KAWASAKI
56 MENARD JEAN-CHRISTOPHE*(FRA) YAMAHA
57 DA COSTA BRUNO*(FRA) YAMAHA
58 PUERTAS HERRERA MIGUEL (ESP) GAS - GAS
59 CUMMINGS BRETT*(ZAF) KTM
60 VAN GERVEN JAN*(NLD) KTM
62 HEILENKOTTER AXEL*(CHL) SHERCO
63 ERRAZURIZ FRANCISCO*(CHL) SHERCO
64 LAZARD LAURENT*(URY) KTM
65 HEINRICH EDUARDO*(PER) HONDA
67 VAN PELT ROBERT*(NLD) HONDA
68 VESELY JAN*(CZE) YAMAHA
69 PAYEN HUGO*(FRA) YAMAHA
71 GRACIDA GARZA CARLOS*(MEX) HONDA
72 SAGHMEISTER GABOR*(SRB) KTM
73 DEMELCHORI DIEGO*(ARG) KAWASAKI
74 VOGELS HENRICUS*(NLD) KTM
75 O'CONNOR TROY*(AUS) KTM
76 CARDONA VAGNONI NICOLAS ALBERTO (VEN) KTM
77 ERASO ANGLADE RAFAEL ERNESTO (VEN) YAMAHA
78 QUERALES MALAVE GUSTAVO ADOLFO (VEN) YAMAHA
79 ONTIVEROS ALBERTO SANTIAGO*(ARG) YAMAHA
80 REINIKE MARCO*(CHL) KTM
81 BELTRAMI FRANCESCO*(ITA) HONDA
82 VALLE OCTAVIO*(MEX) KTM
83 CABRERA PATRICIO*(CHL) KAWASAKI
84 ZAHN INGO*(DEU) KTM
85 PENATE MUNOZ PEDRO*(ESP) KTM
86 NASER COLOMBO CRISTIAN*(CHL) KTM
87 VELLUTINO CARLO*(PER) KTM
88 DE FILIPPO GAETANO*(ITA) TM
89 THEURIOT HERVE*(FRA) KTM
90 BONY BRUNO*(FRA) KTM
91 CID DE LA PAZ PABLO*(ARG) BETA
92 JOHNSON MIKE*(USA) HONDA
93 DE GROOT RICHARD*(NLD) HONDA
94 NAPOLI GIULIO*(ITA) BETA
95 MUTELET OLIVIER (FRA) YAMAHA
96 ESCALE ORIOL*(ESP) SUZUKI
97 ESCALE GILBERT*(ESP) SUZUKI
98 HAMARD STEPHANE (FRA) ....
99 JAY PAUL*(GBR) HONDA
100 CROQUELOIS ERIC*(FRA) YAMAHA
101 SARMIENTO CERON JUAN ESTEBAN*(COL) YAMAHA
102 REEVE DAVID GREGORY*(ZMB) KTM
103 DE SOULTRAIT XAVIER*(FRA) YAMAHA
104 NAMCHIN LKHAMAA*(MNG) KTM
105 BATALLA DAVID*(ESP) GAS - GAS
106 GOUNON SERGE*(FRA) KTM
107 VAN HEERTUM MELCHIOR*(NLD) KTM
108 PEDROLA MARC*(ESP) GAS - GAS
109 DEL ZOTTO FLAVIO*(ARG) GAS - GAS
110 FUENTES FABRICIO*(BOL) YAMAHA
111 ESPINASSE SYLVAIN*(FRA) KTM
112 ROMERO FONT ROSA*(ESP) YAMAHA
113 SALIDO MEDINA ALBERTO*(ESP) YAMAHA
114 PALACIOS JOSE*(FRA) KTM
115 PRUNIER PHILIPPE*(FRA) YAMAHA
116 HERMET ALAIN (FRA) KTM
117 MEERU MART*(EST) HONDA
118 GUYOMARC'H YANNICK*(FRA) YAMAHA
120 AMESPIL LEON*(ARG) YAMAHA
121 DAVIDSON MARK*(AUS) KTM
122 PALANTE ERIC*(BEL) HONDA
123 SABBATUCCI PAOLO*(ITA) YAMAHA
124 AMBLER RONALD*(CHL) KTM
125 GUZMAN BLANCO ENRIQUE*(CHL) KTM
126 NIJEN TWILHAAR JAN BASTIAAN (NLD) KTM
127 PETRONE SERGIO MIGUEL (ARG) YAMAHA
128 TORO JUAN SEBASTIAN*(COL) YAMAHA
129 JACOBSEN CLAYTON*(AUS) KTM
130 GARD GILLES*(FRA) YAMAHA
131 DESI JANOS*(HUN) KTM
133 TRIISA TOOMAS*(EST) HONDA
134 DIENER SHANE*(AUS) YAMAHA
135 GUIRAL DEMIAN*(ARG) HONDA
136 FUKAKUSA KAZUHITO*(JPN) HONDA
137 PERALTA CRISTIAN (CHL) HONDA
138 TOIA DIOCLEZIANO*(ITA) KTM
139 QUADE JEFFREY (MEX) KTM
140 MEIER VON SCHIERENBECK ERICK*(PER) SUZUKI
141 FERNANDEZ SEBASTIAN*(URY) KAWASAKI
142 TALINI FILIPPO*(ITA) KTM
143 KHADBAASAN BATBOLD*(MNG) BMW
146 DELAUNAY ALAIN*(FRA) HONDA
147 REYNAUD YVAN (FRA) HONDA
149 QUIROGA JULIO FEDERICO*(ARG) YAMAHA
151 BELAUSTEGUI JUAN MANUEL*(ARG) YAMAHA
153 JAMIE SMITH*(GBR) KTM
154 MARTI FLIX ENRIC*(ESP) GAS - GAS
155 URQUIA SEBASTIAN ALBERTO*(ARG) YAMAHA
156 SEMINARA CARLO*(ITA) YAMAHA
157 CIAMPI ARIEL*(ARG) YAMAHA
159 BRABECK-LETMATHE NICOLAS*(AUT) HONDA
160 BLANPAIN JEAN-LOUIS*(BEL) KTM
161 MALARTRE DAVID*(FRA) YAMAHA
162 BRIOSCHI ALBERTO*(ITA) KTM
163 BRIOSCHI MARCO*(ITA) KTM
164 GOMEZ BENITEZ JORGE*(ESP) BMW
165 ROBERTS ALLAN*(AUS) KTM
166 CALDERAY GONZALEZ LUIS CARLOS*(ESP) HONDA
167 HARDY PETER*(USA) KTM
169 CHIVITE RUIZ JOSE IGNACIO*(ESP) YAMAHA
171 ORTIZ YAMIR*(CHL) HONDA
173 VIGLIO LUCA*(ITA) HONDA
174 ARANA COBEAGA TXOMIN*(ESP) YAMAHA
175 BONNET DAMIEN*(FRA) YAMAHA
176 MARCIC SIMON*(SVN) KTM
177 CATANESE FRANCESCO*(ITA) YAMAHA
178 LIBRALESSO PAOLO*(ITA) YAMAHA
179 MAJOLI JOERG*(DEU) KTM
180 DAMDINKHORLOO BOLDBAATAR*(MNG) KTM
181 MAISONNAVE ALEJO*(URY) KTM
182 CERDERA SERGIO*(ARG) KAWASAKI
183 TIEPPO DAVID*(ARG) KTM
184 MORENO KRISTIANSEN MATEO*(COL) KTM
185 SALDARRIAGA MARCO ANTONIO*(COL) KTM
186 MUGGLETON KEVIN*(USA) HONDA
187 VAN SINTEN WALTER*(NLD) HONDA
188 MILLET FREDERIC*(FRA) KTM
189 TRACCAN THIERRY (FRA) HONDA
190 SENN VAN BASEL HUMPREY*(NLD) KTM
191 HOYOS LLACH ALEJANDRO*(COL) HONDA
192 MACHLAB ALI*(ESP) KTM
195 MASSU FRANCISCO*(CHL) YAMAHA
196 VILLARRUBIA JULIAN*(ESP) YAMAHA

The route:


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Thanks! Can't wait for the rally to start!

BTW, I got a couple of emblems billeted in stainless steel in honour of the rally!
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Thanks! Can't wait for the rally to start!

BTW, I got a couple of emblems billeted in stainless steel in honour of the rally!
Thank you d_himan :-)

Please can you let me know if I can get one of those emblems? I just love Dakar and would be honored if I get an access to the masterpiece!

BTW, the rally is going to start on 05th January 2014 from Rosario, Argentina and will end on 18th January 2014 at Valparaíso, Chile.

On two occasions, riders in the motorcycle and quad bike categories will embark upon marathon stages, extending over two days. With overnight accommodation in a bivouac reserved exclusively for them, the riders will not have the back-up of their assistance teams, and will have to rely on help from other competitors to make any adjustments to their vehicles. In this context, team strategies are crucial and the management of equipment is decisive, particularly in terms of wear and tear on tyres.

In total, the two marathon stages will represent 2,702km (1,228km between San Rafael and Chilecito plus 1,474km between Salta and Calama), including a special stage of 1,590km (726 km and 864 km).


DATE START FINISH

05/01/2014 Rosario San Luis

06/01/2014 San Luis San Rafael

07/01/2014 San Rafael San Juan

08/01/2014 San Juan Chilecito

09/01/2014 Chilecito Tucumán

10/01/2014 Tucumán Salta

11/01/2014 Rest day

12/01/2014 Salta Salta/Uyuni

13/01/2014 Salta/Uyuni Calama

14/01/2014 Calama Iquique

15/01/2014 Iquique Antofagasta

16/01/2014 Antofagasta El Salvador

17/01/2014 El Salvador La Serena

18/01/2014 La Serena Valparaíso

David Castera, Sports Director of the Dakar: “We know that cumulative fatigue is one of the most complex elements to master on the Dakar. With an average of 50 additional kilometres to cover each day compared to last year, we have increased the degree of difficulty by one or two levels: this extra distance will affect everyone! For motorcycle and quad bikes, there will also be two marathon stages, which will oblige their riders to pace themselves and take good care of their vehicles. This is the essence of off-road races.”

Now, let us take a close look into the Netherlands rider Frans Verhoeven.
















The base of the Yamaha YZ450F Rally Frans Verhoeven is the Yamaha YZ450F dirt bike. A motorcycle provided with a revolutionary, reverse positioned cylinder block in which the inlet is located at the front of the cylinder and the outlet at the rear. The big advantage of a low center of gravity as the handling of the engine benefits.

The Yamaha YZ450F Rally Bike

The Yamaha YZ450F Rally Bike is designed by highly experienced Rally Raid division of Yamaha Motor France, led by Franck Helbert, and among other features are the lightweight carbon fiber components, including special tanks, where the most ideal mass centralization played a crucial role. By using an advanced suspension system and various adjustments, including COCK wheels, the Yamaha YZ450F Rally for an unprecedented feedback where irregularities are perfectly absorbed and the contact with the substrate optimally maintained. The elegance of the YZ450F Rally Frans Verhoeven is emphasized because the overall design is kept to a minimum of plastic panels. Functional approach The Yamaha YZ450F Rally, pure and overwhelming!
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Hi RenuKumar, these are made by a friend of mine on his water jetting machine. Drop a pm to me and I will give his contact details to you as also to any other members who might be interested in obtaining this or other custom cut profiles.

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With all due respect, I wish all the participants of the Dakar Rally the best luck. As a Yamaha Fan, I wish all the Yamaha riders including bike and quad categories to take all the 3 positions of the podium :-)

The rally will start today (05th Jan 2014)

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Day 1 of Dakar Rally has some unexpected results in Motorcycle category.

Honda rider Barreda Bort leads the Stage 1 followed by Marc Coma astride the KTM and the Yamaha rider Cyril Despres in the 3rd position.

Out of the top 20 riders, KTM leads the with 8 riders followed by Honda and Yamaha sharing 4 positions each!!!



Pos. N° Name Mark Time variation
1 3 BARREDA BORT (ESP) HONDA 2:25:31 -
2 2 COMA (ESP) KTM 2:26:08 0:00:37
3 1 DESPRES (FRA) YAMAHA 2:27:11 0:01:40
4 22 DUCLOS (FRA) SHERCO 2:27:27 0:01:56
5 10 GONCALVES (PRT) HONDA 2:27:56 0:02:25
6 5 LOPEZ CONTARDO (CHL) KTM 2:28:55 0:03:24
7 23 PEDRERO GARCIA (ESP) SHERCO 2:29:18 0:03:47
8 17 METGE (FRA) YAMAHA 2:30:04 0:04:33
9 18 SUNDERLAND (GBR) HONDA 2:30:04 0:04:33
10 21 BOTTURI (ITA) SPEEDBRAIN 2:30:19 0:04:48
11 32 GRABHAM (AUS) KTM 2:30:21 0:04:50
12 8 FARIA (PRT) KTM 2:30:42 0:05:11
13 9 CASTEU (FRA) KTM 2:31:03 0:05:32
14 4 VILADOMS (ESP) KTM 2:31:22 0:05:51
15 24 FARRES GUELL (ESP) GAS - GAS 2:32:08 0:06:37
16 6 PAIN (FRA) YAMAHA 2:32:18 0:06:47
17 19 SVITKO (SVK) KTM 2:32:28 0:06:57
18 12 VERHOEVEN (NLD) YAMAHA 2:32:29 0:06:58
19 14 PIZZOLITO (ARG) HONDA 2:33:40 0:08:09
20 15 PRZYGONSKI (POL) KTM 2:33:54 0:08:23
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The second day of the 2014 Dakar Rally proved to be a challenging one for Yamaha’s Dakar riders in Argentina as they tackled Stage 2, San Luis to San Rafael. The day’s riding included some of the fastest sections of the rally and the competitors first taste of sand dunes. Yamaha Factory Racing rider Cyril Despres had a day to forget after a fall cost several minutes. Luckily the defending Dakar champion was unhurt and quick to continue on his Yamaha YZ450F machine, wrapping up the stage in tenth to take eight overall at the end of the day.



Olivier Pain was the next rider to finish, taking 12th on the 359km Special stage to sit 13th overall. Yamaha Netherlands Verhoeven rider Frans Verhoeven completed a second steady day to finish the stage in 16th, taking 15th overall. Michael Metge was the last Yamaha Factory Racing rider in the Special stage rankings, taking 22nd. Metge’s GPs is currently being investigated after the Frenchman was penalised 41 minutes for an alleged late arrival at the bivouac yesterday.


Cyril Despres - Yamaha Factory Racing
“I arrived a little too quickly on a note in the road book at around kilometre 250 and went over the handlebars. Fortunately it was a soft landing so the bike wasn’t damaged but it took me a while to dust myself down and get going again and inevitably I lost time. Overall a day to forget.”


Olivier Pain - Yamaha Factory Racing
“The stage started off really fast and finished that way too, but in between there was a nice section of dunes, a little like Le Touquet, which was really fun to ride. I got a little stuck in the dust early on but made up some time in the sand and as a result moved up a little in the overall rankings. Now I’m approaching the top 10 and am well placed on the eve of the first marathon stage.”


Frans Verhoeven - Yamaha Netherlands Verhoeven
“Mainly fast today with some dunes and a few river beds, quite technical in places. Like Olivier I got a little stuck in other peoples dust but that’s part of the race. In the past I might have got overexcited in that kind of situation and tried to overtake in an inappropriate place but now I’m older but wiser. My intention here isn’t to take chances and put in a good time one day only to lose it the next. This year my strategy is to build my race slowly but surely and see where that leaves me at the final finish.”


Michael Metge - Yamaha Factory Racing
“It was an OK day until I got into the bivouac and discovered that the officials had given me a 41 minute penalty for supposedly arriving late at the bivouac yesterday evening – something I don’t understand at all as I came in at the same time as Cyril. Currently the organisers are looking at my GPS to check when I actually arrived and hopefully all that should be cleared up this evening. It kind of took the fun out the day…”


Dakar Rally 2014 Stage 2: San Luis to San Rafael Results
1. Sam Sunderland, GBR (Honda) 3:42:10
2. Chaleco Lopez, CHL (KTM) 3:42:49
3. Joan Barreda, ESP (Honda) 3:44:10
4. Ruben Faria, PRT (KTM) 3:46:17
5. Alain Duclos, FRA (Sherco) 3:48:01
6. Ben Grabham, AUS (KTM) 3:49:25
7. David Casteu, FRA (KTM) 3:49:37
8. Paulo Goncalves, PRT (Honda) 3:49:55
9. Marc Coma, ESP (KTM) 3:50:33
10. Cyril Despres, FRA (Yamaha) 3:50:53
12. Olivier Pain, FRA (Yamaha) 3:53:22
16. Frans Verhoeven, NED (Yamaha) 3:56:49
22. Michael Metge, FRA (Yamaha) 4:04:14


2014 Dakar Rally Overall Standings after Stage 2
1. Joan Barreda, ESP (Honda) 6:09:41
2. Chaleco Lopez, CHL (KTM) 6:11:44
3. Sam Sunderland, GBR (Honda) 6:12:14
4. Alain Duclos, FRA (Sherco) 6:15:28
5. Marc Coma, ESP (KTM) 6:16:41
6. Ruben Faria, PRT (KTM) 6:16:59
7. Paulo Goncalves, PRT (Honda) 6:17:51
8. Cyril Despres, FRA (Yamaha) 6:18:04
9. Ben Grabham, AUS (KTM) 6:19:46
10. David Casteu, FRA (KTM) 6:20:40
13. Olivier Pain, FRA (Yamaha) 6:25:40
15. Frans Verhoeven, NED (Yamaha) 6:29:18
18. Michael Metge, FRA (Yamaha) 6:34:18

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Yamaha Factory Racing’s Cyril Despres made a little piece of history overnight, taking his maiden stage victory for the manufacture leading home early race leader Honda's Joan Barreda and current race leader Marc Coma.



After a challenging first half of the 2014 Dakar Rally, Despres was on fine form on stage eight that saw riders depart from Uyuni, Bolivia and finish upiin Calama, Chile as the race entered its third country.

The defending champion started third on the 499km special, and was quick to catch Coma before closing in on Barreda as they tackled the route around the salt pans of Uyuni.

Despres eventually arrived at the bivouac in Calama 2 minutes and 9 seconds ahead of Barreda and with Coma a further 6 second back, wich was more than enough for Coma to maintain his 38 minute plus lead over Barreda in the standings after stage 8.

“I have to be honest and admit that I didn’t set out this morning to win the special, it was more a by-product of my determination to move up the overall rankings," Despres who achieved his goal by moving form 10th to 9th in the standings overnight stated.

"I won’t deny though that I’m delighted with the result, both for myself and for Yamaha," he added.



Olivier Pain:
“Overall the marathon stage was positive; I’m here at the end without injury which given the conditions, especially the altitude, was far from being a foregone conclusion! And although I haven’t gained any places overall I’ve moved closer. The other day I was 45 minutes off the podium, now I’m 30 minutes, so it is moving in the right direction. If I am to attain my goal however I can’t afford to make any errors from here to the end.”



Michael Metge

“A couple of tough days, but not too many problems. I didn’t suffer too much with the altitude, but my ears hurt like hell coming down! Then on the liaison today into the bivouac there was a really strong wind and we had to ride at an angle so as not to get blown over. Equally impressive were the number of people who came out to welcome us in Bolivia. Excuse the pun – but I was blown away!”



Race leader Marc Coma was happy to maintain his race lead, though he knows that anything can happen and usually does in the Dakar, and will head into stage nine with his usual determination as the race heads back into the sand dunes.

"We had a good rhythm right from the beginning of the stage today so we were able to keep a good level of concentration." Coma explained. "This was very important over this type of terrain because small mistakes can cost you the race.

"The next part of the rally will be crucial and tomorrow I will be out there with my usual determination because the first dunes of the Atacama Desert are waiting for us," he added.

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Looks like the Mini Countryman is ruling the roost at 2014 Dakar.

4 of them in the top 5 and 10 of them in the top 20. Very impressive.

Here is a very insightful read on the anatomy of the Countryman (mutant) from 2013. Anatomy of a Dakar-Winning Mini Countryman

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And here is a pic of one of the most important tools tied to the A pillar!
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The renault duster in its dakar avatar

http://www.renault.com.ar/dakar/
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Can somebody please provide an update on the trucks as well?
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Incredible finale to the 2014 Dakar. Talking about the cars alone. 3 Minis on podium and 7 in the top 10.

Nani Roma wins the Dakar

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The Dakar Rally finished in Chile at the weekend. After two weeks, 10,000 km and over 50 hours of racing (more than an entire season of F1…), it was won by a chap called Nani Roma. By a mere five minutes.

Nani Roma may not be a household name here, but do not underestimate the ability, resilience and endurance he has shown in getting to the finish first. Dakar is the most punishing motor race on the planet. Mostly as a corollary of that, it requires luck. Few would deny that legendary competitor Stephane Peterhansel (below) was faster in his identical X-Raid Mini Countryman, but a couple of puncture-strewn stages early in the race put him on the back foot.

He gained and gained on Roma, but with the finish in sight X-Raid called team orders to reduce the risk. Ironically Roma then punctured on the penultimate stage, handing the lead back to Peterhansel on a platter. He chose not to press home the advantage and take his sixth Dakar car crown. It’s that sort of race.
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Can somebody please provide an update on the trucks as well?
The classification for trucks can be found here: http://www.dakar.com/dakar/2014/us/s...cks.html#ancre
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