Dakar Rally, formerly the Paris-Dakar rally, is considered to be the toughest race on the planet. Most events since the inception in 1978 were from Paris, France, to Dakar, Senegal, but due to security threats in Mauritania, which led to the cancellation of the 2008 rally, the 2009 Dakar Rally was run in South America (Argentina and Chile). It has been held in South America each year since 2009. The race is open to amateur and professional entries, amateurs typically making up about eighty percent of the participants.
The route for the 2015 Dakar Rally has been confirmed, and details have been dropped on what could be the most gruelling motorcycle event on Earth. The 14 day, 13 stage Dakar will take competitors through Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, and back to Argentina again, making for roughly 9,000 kilometres of terrain to navigate.The 68 motorcycle competitors will have the added challenge of two marathon stages — stages where only the riders can work on their bikes, and can receive no help from their support crews.
Marc Coma is a heavy favourite for the 2015 edition, especially with rival Cyril Despres making the career switch to race on four wheels with Peugeot. However Coma can expect strong competition from his teammate Ruben Faria, not to mention from the likes of Joan Barreda on his Honda, and Olivier Pain on the Yamaha.
Route for the 2015 Dakar Rally:
Stage 1 – January 4th – Buenos Aires to Villa Carlos Paz – 838km total – 175km special
Stage 2 – January 5th – Villa Carlos Paz to San Juan – 625km total – 518km special
Stage 3 – January 6th – San Juan to Chilecito 657km total – 220km special
Stage 4 – January 7th – Chilecito to Copiapó 909km total – 315km special
Stage 5 – January 8th – Copiapó to Antofagasta 697km total – 458km special
Stage 6 – January 9th – Antofagasta to Iquique 688km total – 319km special
Rest day – January 10th -Iquique
Stage 7 – January 11th – Iquique to Uyuni (*) 717km total – 321km special
Stage 8 – January 12th – Uyuni to Iquique 805km total – 781km special
Stage 9 – January 13th – Iquique to Calama 539km total – 451km special
Stage 10 – January 14th – Calama to Salta (*) 891km total – 371km special
Stage 11 – January 15th – Salta to Termas Río Hondo 512km total – 351km special
Stage 12 – January 16th – Termas Río Hondo to Rosario 1024km total – 298km special
Stage 13 – January 17th – Rosario to Buenos Aires 393km total – 174km special