Dakar Rally 2010

The 31st running of the Dakar Rally is being held in South America for the second year, instead of the traditional African route, due to ongoing security concerns. This year’s race began and will end in Buenos Aires, covering a looping 9,000 kilometers between Argentina and Chile over 14 stages. 362 Teams began the race with 176 motorcycles and quad bikes, 134 cars, and 52 trucks. The race is just over halfway completed now, the winners expected to cross the finish line on January 16th. Collected here are several photographs from the first 8 stages of this year’s rally. (37 photos total)

Spain’s Gerard Farres Guell kicks up sand with his Aprilia during the 4th stage of the Dakar 2010 between Fiambala, Argentina, and Copiapo, Chile on January 5, 2010. Spain’s Marc Coma won the stage, France’s David Casteu took the second place and France’s Cyril Despres the third. (GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)

2. Aerial view of the Parc ferme of the Dakar 2010 in Buenos Aires on December 31, 2009. (GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)

3. The Volkswagen Touareg of South African driver Giniel De Villers and co-driver Dirk Von Zitzewitz of Germany attends the
symbolic start of the Dakar 2010 in Buenos Aires on January 1, 2010. (ALEJANDRO PAGNI/AFP/Getty Images)

4.Spanish KTM rider Jordi Viladoms greets onlookers during the opening presentation of the Dakar 2010 on January 1, 2010 in
Buenos Aires. (Maxi Failla/AFP/Getty Images)

5.Poland’s Krzysztof Holowczyc in his Nissan passes race fans on a hillside during the Dakar 2010 between Colon and Cordoba,
Argentina, on January 2, 2010. (GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)

6. Chile’s Francisco Lopez Contardo guides his Aprilia through water during Stage 1 of the Dakar 2010 between
Colon and Cordoba,    Argentina, on January 2, 2010. (GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)

7.People watch Nissan’s Jean-Pierre Strugo and co-driver Yves Ferri, of France, splash their car through a river crossing during
stage one of the Argentina-Chile Dakar Rally 2010 in Rio Cuarto, Argentina, Saturday, Jan. 2, 2010. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
8. France’s Jean Claude Mazet falls from his KTM during the 2nd stage of the Dakar 2010 between Cordoba and La Rioja,
Argentina, on  January 3, 2010. (GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)
9.Spectators lie on the ground, hurt after the Desert Warrior of Germany-Swiss drivers Mirco Schultis and Ulrich Leardi careered off
the road into a crowd, in Alpa Corral, Cordoba on January 2, 2010. One spectator was killed and four other fans were also
hurt in the incident. (HO/AFP/Getty Images)
to be continued
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