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.
Yamaha teams are celebrating in the quad category.
At the end of a particularly hard first week, all the bike competitors of the 2015 Dakar are enjoying a well-earned rest day.
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...
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.
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.
On marathon stage, riders will be separated from their assistance crews and had to look after their machines themselves.
Nancy Knapp Schilke, Dakar Correspondent
A total of 49 Yamaha machines including the bikes and quads are ready for the start in Peru.
On a 9th stage dominated by the sand, Marc Coma made his mark and reinforced his lead in the general standings whilst picking up his 23rd special stage victory on the Dakar, his second in 2014
Olympic Gold medal winner Nasser Al-Attiyah took the Car victory on the third say of Dakar 2013. Local hero Francisco Lopez now has two stage wins in the Bike classification. Triple winner now in Trucks, and Patronelli holds Quad lead.
Wet Argentinean stage ends early for Cars and officials delay final call. Barreda takes Bikes win in morning, though, while category leaders run astray.
Mikko Jalonen, DAKAR correspondent
Cyril Despres dominates for overall Bike lead, but Joan Barreda takes his 4th stage win. Orlando Terranova celebrated as first Argentinean to lead a Dakar stage in the Car classification!
The death of one of the riders overshadowed the seventh day of the 2013 Dakar. Thomas Bourgin died in a freak road accident before the special stage had even started. There was no celebration at the end of the first marathon.