31st issue of the Dakar Rally is held in South America, because a traditional route in Africa is under threat due to security problems. This year the competition began and end in Buenos Aires, covering a total area of 9000 km between Argentina and Chile on 14 stages. 362 teams started the race on 176 motorcycles and quads, 134 cars and 52 trucks. Competition has recently exceeded the equator, the winners have to cross the finish line on January 16.
Aerial view of the indoor park Dakar 2010 in Buenos Aires on December 31, 2009.
Spanish pilot KTM Jordi Viladoms welcomes visitors at the opening ceremony of the Dakar Rally 2010 January 1, 2010 in Buenos Aires.
Francisco Lopez of Chile Kontardo rides on his motorcycle «Aprilia» on the water at the first stage of Dakar 2010 between the colonies and Cordova on Jan. 2, 2010.
Sand flies out from under the wheels of a motorcycle «Aprilia» Spaniard Gerard Forresa Guellya at the 4th stage of the Dakar Rally 2010 between Fyambaloy (Argentina) and Kopiapo (Chile), January 5, 2010. Stage won the Spaniard Marc Coma, the second place took the Frenchman David caste, and the third – the Frenchman Cyril Despre.