8,000 kilometer race tests man and machine.
Third-place finish in Stage 5.
Mechanical problems plague American driver in Stage 2.
Facing the unknown is part of the game when you take on Dakar.
The third day was not nearly as hard on the teams as yesterday was, a relief for all and even salvation for some.
Sam Sunderland claims KTM's first win of the year and Nasser Al-Attiyah beat Orlando Terranova by 22 seconds...
Marc Coma is one of the top favorites, heading into the Dakar Rally.
With a route of 9000 kilometres, 5000 of which are against the clock, the 2015 Dakar looks certain to live up to its fearsome reputation.
Yet another example of how quickly things can go wrong in this event.