CORDOBA, Argentina (AP) Media helicopters buzzed over bikers on the beginning line in Peru’s desert. The motorcyclists turned virtually invisible roaring throughout the mud bowls of Peru, whereas automobiles within the 4-wheel competitors plowed nostril first into the sand as they flew over dunes.
Bolivian spectators waved their nation’s flag to cheer on bikers who kicked up mud racing by means of the sand after the race entered that nation. Automobiles left tracks alongside a seashore and drivers crisscrossed muddy trails, kicking up spray. Spectators in Argentina stretched on their bellies on dune tops to get a hen’s eye view.
This yr’s grueling Dakar Rally coated 9,000 kilometers (5,600 miles) and commenced on Peruvian sand dunes. Afterward the rally took to the highlands of Bolivia after which completed in Argentina.
Defending champion Sam Sunderland of KTM was pressured to desert the competitors within the early moving into Peru after the British rider crashed within the desert whereas main the race.
KTM motorcycle rider Matthias Walkner of Austria celebrated profitable his class’s race in Cordoba, Argentina.
”This can be a dream come true, I’m so completely satisfied. This took so much from me, however right here we’re,” Walkner stated.
Some maybe weren’t so comfortable. Whereas in Peru, two drivers watched their car go up in smoke after it overheated. And a duo piloting one Toyota stood on prime of a dune, pointing in reverse instructions as they argued over which strategy to go in crossing the desert.
This gallery was edited by the Colombia-based mostly Related Press photographer Ricardo Mazalan, who coated this yr’s race.
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