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The 2018 edition of the Dakar Rally is all set to begin from January 6, 2018; it also marks the 10th anniversary of the world's toughest rally-raid in the world.
In its 2018 iteration, the Dakar Rally will start from Lima, the capital city of Peru and then will move to Bolivia and will reach its climax in Argentina. Peru has returned to the Dakar after a gap of five years.
The 2018 Dakar Rally will kick start from Lima, the capital city of Peru with a short first special stage. The rally comprises of 14 gruelling stages covering around 9,000km in 15 days. The competitors will have a rest day in La Paz, the capital city of Bolivia. The rally will come to an end on January 20, 2018, in Cordoba, Argentina.
The rally is divided into five categories - motorcycle, quad, car, UTV and truck. The 2018 Dakar Rally has attracted 525 competitors with 190 riders in the motorcycle and quad class, 105 drivers in the cars and UTV category and 42 competitors in the truck category.
Flying the Indian flag high in the 2018 Dakar Rally are the motorcycle riders CS Santosh and Aravind KP representing Team Hero MotoSports and Sherco TVS Racing respectively. Santosh is the more experienced rider with four Dakar outings. He has managed to finish the rally in 2015 and 2017.
On the other hand, Aravind is tackling his second Dakar Rally. In 2017 he was forced to retire from the rally due to a shoulder injury caused due to a crash on the third stage. In 2018, both the riders are confident to finish the rally in their new rally machines.
Leading the charge in the motorcycle category is Australian rider Toby Price on his KTM rally bike. Honda rider Joan Barreda Bort, Husqvarna rider Pablo Quintanilla are also in the race for the victory. In the cars, Nasser Al-Attiyah, Sebastien Loeb and Stephane Peterhansel are hot favourites.
The 2018 Dakar Rally brings new challenges, with the gruelling and unforgiving terrain. The competitors will face the toughest of stages which will put both man and machine to an ultimate test. India's CS Santosh and Aravind KP are also confident to achieve their best results. Stay tuned to DriveSpark, as we will bring you all the updates from the 2018 Dakar Rally.