First stage-win for Stéphane Peterhansel how now takes the overall lead. Tough special stage represented a true navigation challenge for the competitors in Peru.
Barreda makes it two, but "Peter" makes it sixty!
Joan Barreda earns stage 2 of the Dakar challenge on his Husqvarna by Speedbrain. Matt Fish comleted the first real test of 2013 in third.
Stage 2 was a loop around Pisco in Peru, and the one where the Dakar 2013 competitors faced the sand dunes! After an 85 km liaison section, the 242 km special was their first test on the sea of sand.
Vasilliev and Gadasin took it easy so they could find their own tempo for their first time at Dakar.
Robby Gordon now has to make up a lost of time after being stuck in a sand dune on the opening day of Dakar 2013.
Peru, Chile, buggies: a burst of freshness to begin with. Stage 1 took the competitors from Lima to Pisco in Peru.
A total of 49 Yamaha machines including the bikes and quads are ready for the start in Peru.
The scrutineering village has offered the crowds the chance to taste the atmosphere of the race and to be photographed with some of the race vehicles.
All the President's men: Peru's President visits the opening day of Dakar 2013 and gets a guided tour by Etienne Lavigne, director of the event.
The former Team Honda Europe will field 3 riders from South American: Salvatierra, Israel and Heinrich on Honda