This year’s Dakar Rally 2012 was again held in South America and ended January 14 at Lima, Peru. Racers from over 50 countries competed in 14 stages with over 400 vehicles—motorcycles, quads, cars and trucks. The winner in the motorcycle race category this year was French rally racer Cyril Despres from the KTM team. This is his fourth win of the Dakar race. Despres won against his biggest rival 2011 Dakar Rally champion Marc Coma who also races with a KTM. Watch the video.
2012 Dakar Rally Overall Standings:
1. Cyril Despres, FRA (KTM) 43:01:54
2. Marc Coma, ESP (KTM) 44:21:31
3. Helder Rodrigues, PRT (Yamaha) 44:39:28
4. Jordi Viladoms, ESP (KTM) 45:09:07
5. Stefan Svitko, SVK (KTM) 45:15:39
6. Pal Anders Ullevalseter, NOR (KTM) 45:40:07
7. Gerard Farres Guell, SPA (KTM) 45:42:33
8. Alessandro Botturi, ITA (KTM) 46:27:15
9. Olivier Pain, FRA (Yamaha) 46:46:01
10. Felipe Zanol, BRA (KTM) 46:54:07
Photo courtesy of Maragni M.