Top 10 photos of the week: 2016-01-20

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10. Valentino Rossi, Yamaha Factory Racing

10. Valentino Rossi, Yamaha Factory Racing
1/10

The man, the legend. Someone will complain that we didn't include a photo of Jorge Lorenzo. Too bad. Life's not fair.

Photo by: Yamaha MotoGP

9. #302 Peugeot: Stéphane Peterhansel, Jean-Paul Cottret

9. #302 Peugeot: Stéphane Peterhansel, Jean-Paul Cottret
2/10

A nice diagonal line cutting the frame in half gives the eye more to look at. Not only is there great action of the Peugeot splashing through the water, but there's the lovely natural landscape of Argentina on display as well.

Photo by: A.S.O.

8. Car category winner Stéphane Peterhansel with teammate Cyril Despres, Peugeot Sport

8. Car category winner Stéphane Peterhansel with teammate Cyril Despres, Peugeot Sport
3/10

When you run out of fingers to show off how many times you've won the Dakar, maybe it's time to move on.

7. Justin Grant takes a nasty flip

7. Justin Grant takes a nasty flip
4/10

We still marvel at how often these Midget crashes happen, and how few major injuries come from them.

Photo by: Boyd Adams

6. #5 KTM: Stefan Svitko

6. #5 KTM: Stefan Svitko
5/10

Cracking sand and mud. Desert racing at its best.

Photo by: A.S.O.

5. #303 Peugeot: Carlos Sainz, Lucas Cruz

5. #303 Peugeot: Carlos Sainz, Lucas Cruz
6/10

Tough luck for Carlos Sainz, who looks completely resigned to his fate in this image.

4. #300 Mini: Nasser Al-Attiyah and Matthieu Baumel

4. #300 Mini: Nasser Al-Attiyah and Matthieu Baumel
7/10

The Dakar is famous for its amazing scenery, but it's a whole different world when you look at it from above.

Photo by: X-Raid Team

3. Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing

3. Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing
8/10

This image doesn't compute in our brains. Such a cool idea from Red Bull and you know Max Verstappen had a fantastic time running up those slopes.

2. #500 Kamaz: Ayrat Mardeev, Aydar Belyaev, Dmitry Svistunov

2. #500 Kamaz: Ayrat Mardeev, Aydar Belyaev, Dmitry Svistunov
9/10

A lone blue dot in a sea of red.

Photo by: A.S.O.

1. #502 Kamaz: Eduard Nikolaev, Evgeny Yakovlev, Vladimir Rybakov

1. #502 Kamaz: Eduard Nikolaev, Evgeny Yakovlev, Vladimir Rybakov
10/10

This sums up the Dakar perfectly. The heartbreak, the struggle, the physical exertion.

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Series General
Drivers Valentino Rossi , Carlos Sainz , Stéphane Peterhansel , Nasser Al-Attiyah , Eduard Nikolaev , Ayrat Mardeev , Stefan Svitko , Max Verstappen
Teams Peugeot Sport , X-Raid Team , Yamaha Factory Racing , Red Bull Racing
Article type Top List