The 2017 Dakar Rally has proven to one of the toughest yet, since just days after the race started and with 8 stages remaining, many big names have dropped out already.
Two time Dakar Champion Nasser Al-Attiyah retired, after having engine trouble on the first day, and damaging his Toyota Hilux during the later stages.
Toyota announced the withdrawal of Nasser Al-Attiyah after assessing the damage on his car, who was the arch rival of the Peugeot team.
The next big name to take a pounding this year at Dakar was Carlos Sainz. Sainz unfortunately ended up crashing his Peugeot into a deep ravine, which made him quit the race too.
Another big name to have made an early exit is Australian Toby Price, the 2016 Dakar winner. Price met with an accident that broke his femur, and KTM announced that he would not continue the race.
Indian rider and first time Dakar participant Aravind KP, riding for the TVS Sherco team too made an exit, after dislocating a shoulder. On the previous stage, he met with a crash that broke two bones on his wrist.