Dakar route 2012
The problem with having 12 months in a year is that 11 of them is without a Dakar race! Because in each adventure rider there is a Dakar rider lurking.
The Dakar route covered countries in Africa from the first race in 1979 to 2007. In 2008 the race was cancelled due to security concerns in Africa. In 2009, the Dakar moved to South America. It proved to be a popular decision, attracting more spectators than ever and offering better television coverage than before. The Dakar route for 2012 will include Argentinia, Chile and Peru.
As per tradition, mark your calendar for the start on January 1st. The action starts in Mar del Plata, Argentinia, runs through to Copiaco, Chile and ends in Lima, Peru on January 15th.
KTM riders took the honors in the last 10 Dakars but expect Aprillia riders to breathe down the necks of Marc Coma and Cyril Despres in 2012. (Coma and Despres won 3 Dakars each during the past 6 years.)
Dakar route 2012:
The concept for Dakar began in 1977, when Thierry Sabine got lost on his motorbike in the Libyan desert during the Abidjan-Nice Rally. After being saved he returned to France still enthralled by the wild landscape and promised himself he would share his fascination with as many people as possible. He surely did. The first Dakar race took place in 1979. The Paris-Dakar race became the world’s most famous rally. Sabine died in a helicopter crash in 1986 but his legend lives on.