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.
From Peru to Chile, the change of scenery and terrain saw the X-raid Mini team on the attack, along with Robby Gordon in his Hummer. It also was the first Bike stage win in 2013 for Yamaha; thanks to David Casteu.
Frenchman Stéphane Peterhansel won the most recent two Dakar editions at the wheel of the MINI ALL4 Racing of the Monster Energy X-raid Team.
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!
One Mini benefits from another's mistake while the Dutch Yamaha rider makes first 2013 appearance. Husseini breaks through in Quads while Russians manage Trucks 1-2-3.
It was a day where the overall leaders held their ground even without winning the first special stage in Chile today. Now those who remain will rest in Calama before taking on their next challenge in the magnificent Andes mountain range.
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.
The team won the T1.1 class for petrol-powered 4x4 improved cross-country vehicles for the second year in succession.
Final spurt in the Dakar: Great teamwork of Nani Roma as he protects overall leader Stéphane Peterhansel.
Although the team ultimately couldn´t quite meet the expectations, the squad can be very satisfied with the result.
Chaleco and Gordon at full pelt! On the penultimate stage in this year's Dakar, a show was put on by Francisco "Chaleco” Lopez on as he notched his 4th stage win. Robby Gordon grabbed his second special victory in his Hummer.
“The show is on a roll!" From Lima to Pisco, the Maxxis Dakar Team Powered by Super B has finished the first day of Dakar 2013.
Hope for top 10 finish goes up in flames on the ninth stage of 2013 Dakar. One HRX Ford remains in the Dakar rally.
Once again, Gordon took misfortunes and turns them in to positives on the Arequipa to Arica stage of the Dakar
Twelfth podium place for protagonist Husqvarna Rallye Team by Speedbrain as Dakar finishes.
The team consisting of sixteen members from nine nationalities.
Rest day in Tucumán, Argentina, gives the Dakar competitors a chance to regroup and get the much needed sleep before they tackle the 9th stage.
The Dakar is almost upon us...
Maxxis team prepares for the first stage of the Dakar rally starting in Lima, Peru.
The second stage in Dakar again saw Robby Gordon with more troubles; this time finding a way point during the loop around Pisco.
In the five South American editions of the iconic event, the 2009 champions have achieved four top-four placings.
Freak weather makes an impact on the stage result. Stéphane Peterhansel finishes fourth to defend his overall lead.