8,000 kilometer race tests man and machine.
The third day was not nearly as hard on the teams as yesterday was, a relief for all and even salvation for some.
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.
The fifth stage of Dakar has come to a close.
At the end of a particularly hard first week, all the bike competitors of the 2015 Dakar are enjoying a well-earned rest day.
Yamaha teams are celebrating in the quad category.
In preperation for the 2015 Rally, Yamaha is working hard on the Yamaha WR450F Rally.
The Yamaha Factory Racing Rally Team Yamalube riders have made a positive start to the gruelling Dakar 2015 challenge.
Dakar 2015 is about to get underway in just two days...
Split into two specials of 69 and 227 kilometers, today’s stage took the 2015 Dakar competitors from Antofagasta to Iquique in the north of Chile.
Peterhansel now has 11 Dakar wins! Despres earns another title to make it five in total. Patronelli takes his second championship. New to the legend status was Nikolaev.
On marathon stage, riders will be separated from their assistance crews and had to look after their machines themselves.
Nancy Knapp Schilke, Dakar Correspondent