The 2017 edition of the Dakar Rally, the world's most dangerous form of motorsport is set to take place in January 2017. With the big day approaching fast, here is what can be expected from Dakar 2017.
To start with, Dakar 2017 will be held in Asunción (Paraguay), La Paz (Bolivia), and Buenos Aires (Argentina). Also, the 2017 edition of Dakar is considered to be the most extreme editions of the already extreme rally.
Étienne Lavigne, the Director of Dakar welcomed the new country (Asuncion) and also revealed the fact that riders will face the fourth dimension this year.
Referring to the altitude, Lavigne said participants will spend a week competing at an altitude between 3,600 meters to 4,000 meters. Also, the rest day for the upcoming Dakar Rally will be at La Paz, 3,600 meters above sea level.
The Director announced that there will be around 206 vehicles competing this year, out of which 146 competitors are on motorcycles. Out of the factory teams participating, the Monster Energy Honda Team stands as the favourite.
Dakar Champion and now Sporting Director, Marc Coma took the stage to announce details of the 2017 Dakar Rally, including various stages that differ from the 2016 edition, and that altitude will play a crucial role during the upcoming race.
Marc Coma quoted, This is Dakar DNA in its purest form; navigation is back in the rally as requested by the participants. We wanted to bring the essence of adventure back."
Coma continued, "The waypoints will be waypoint controls. The sole function of the GPS will be to validate that the riders are on the right path. There will be six stages with over 400 kilometres and a lot of sand: seven of the twelve stages will test out riders' skills in the dunes."
"There will also be six stages above a 3500 metre altitude and other ingredients in each country that will make it a tough race: heat and humidity in Paraguay, cold and altitude in Bolivia and temperatures over 40 degrees in Argentina."
There will be new teams and riders participating for the 2017 Dakar Rally like the Hero MotoSports team with CS Santosh, the firs ever Indian rider to compete in Dakar, and KP Arvind, the second Indian rider participating with the TVS Sherco Team.