Images Courtesy of Dakar, Honda, Yamaha, KTM and Husqvarna.
It is done. The Dakar has passed for another year and we can all return to travelling the world, riding bikes and taking in the beauty of this great marble. Dakar 2016 is a year that will be remembered for rain, altitude and Honda failing to claim victory.
Toby Price came out the big winner, followed home by the privateer KTM of Stefan Svitko and his team of five crew members. Third went to Pablo Quintanilla on the Husqvarna, owned and built by KTM. Honda’s biggest shinning light was the rise of Kevin Benavides, the Argentine with speed and navigation. He will be a force that can win Dakar next year.
While the racing was great, the adventure of Dakar is the part that draws most of us in and it’s that element we wish to celebrate as we say ciao to the world’s toughest motorsport event. The great distances, the insane altitude difference and the beauty of the locations both legendary and remote. It was an out and out race at the sharp end but for the normal humans in the field it was a grind that became progressively more challenging. The altitude took its toll, the cold weather too. However it was the heat and soft, white dunes of Fiambala that took the biggest toll and ground the competitors into the ground.
Above is a gallery of the best images we could compile to encapsulate what Dakar is. The 87 images tell the story of the event better than we could hope to articulate in a novel. We know you will enjoy them as much as we have.
Below is a video gallery of the best footage made available to the public. Enjoy.
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