Racing in the desert - the Dakar Rally 2012

• Racing in the desert - the Dakar Rally 2012

More than 500 teams race across the deserts of Argentina, Chile and Peru, overcoming more than 8000 kilometers. This is the 33rd in a row the annual Dakar Rally in 2012.

Racing in the desert - an occupation for this extreme and at the moment one rider from Argentina have already died.

Racing in the desert - the Dakar Rally 2012

Dakar Rally, which for many years was known as the "Paris - Dakar", is an annual race, founded by the French motorcycle racer Thierry Sabine and held since 1978.

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In rally participate both professional athletes as well as amateurs, and their number usually reaches 80%.

Racing in the desert - the Dakar Rally 2012

Champion of the Dakar Rally on the detected amount of points, and the entire range is divided into separate sections. The winner is the one who passes the entire route in the shortest possible time.

Racing in the desert - the Dakar Rally 2012

Sonchas Christophe Blondeau of France, the 10th stage of the Dakar Rally 201, January 11, 2012.

Racing in the desert - the Dakar Rally 2012

Since 2009, the Dakar Rally held in South America.

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A little history of the Dakar Rally. In 1977, the French motorcycle racer Thierry Sabine got lost in the Libyan desert and was found only in 3 days. He miraculously survived thanks to the Tuareg. This incident inspired Thierry to organize dangerous rally, which was first held in 1978.

Racing in the desert - the Dakar Rally 2012

The competition in the Dakar Rally held in three groups: motorcycles (including ATVs), cars and trucks.

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The accident at the rider Javier Gomez from Argentina, January 5, 2012.

Racing in the desert - the Dakar Rally 2012

2002 has become an important year in the history of the team "KAMAZ-master". She develops, designs and assembles race trucks "Kamaz" brand, as well as acting on them in the competition. In the photo: Russian driver Andrei Karginov and navigator Andrew Mokeev on Kamaz, January 3, 2012.

Racing in the desert - the Dakar Rally 2012

In the past 10 years in the truck class of our athletes at the Kumasi 8 times! became winners.

Racing in the desert - the Dakar Rally 2012

Our famous Russian racer Vladimir Chagin is currently the seven-time winner of the Dakar Rally in the truck class. Unfortunately, in February 2011, Vladimir decided to leave the sport.

In a photo motorcycle racer Joan Pedrero of Spain, January 13, 2012.

Racing in the desert - the Dakar Rally 2012

Peruvian motorcycle racer Felipe Rios, January 9, 2012.

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Extreme racing in the desert did not pass without incident. At the 1st stage of the Dakar Rally in 2012 killed 38-year-old rider from Argentina Jorge Martinez Boero. He got into an accident, received chest injuries and died on the way to the hospital. In the photo: a burning car driver Alfie Cox of South Africa, the 1st stage of the Dakar Rally, January 1, 2012.

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The accident at the Argentinean rider Jose Antonio Blangino, January 1, 2012.

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Stage 8 of the Dakar Rally in 2012, Chile, on 9 January.

Racing in the desert - the Dakar Rally 2012

Dakar Rally, January 6, 2012.

Racing in the desert - the Dakar Rally 2012

Really extreme conditions.

Racing in the desert - the Dakar Rally 2012

French riders on the Iveco truck near Copiapo, Chile, January 7, 2012.

Racing in the desert - the Dakar Rally 2012

French rider Cyril Despres, January 9, 2012.

Racing in the desert - the Dakar Rally 2012

Again the French rider Cyril Despres, January 11, 2012.

Racing in the desert - the Dakar Rally 2012

Spanish motorcycle racer Spain Joan Barreda Bort, Dakar Rally 2012 on 11 January.

Racing in the desert - the Dakar Rally 2012

The French are prepared to 8 stage Dakar race, January 8, 2012.

Racing in the desert - the Dakar Rally 2012

Work on the audience: Dutch rider Frans Verhoeven, January 4, 2012.

Racing in the desert - the Dakar Rally 2012

The audience relax.

Racing in the desert - the Dakar Rally 2012

Beautiful scenery.

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The finale of the Dakar Rally 2012 was held in the capital of Peru, on 15 January.

Racing in the desert - the Dakar Rally 2012