Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year with your family, friends and loved ones.
Now that all the fun and games are over, it's time to embrace the wonderful spectacle that is the Dakar Rally. For the next couple of weeks, avid rally fans such as myself will be fully immersed in the world of Dakar!
Bikes, cars, trucks and quads set off from Buenos Aires, Argentina on the 2nd January to complete the prologue to determine the (reverse) starting order for the first Special Stage on the 3rd of January.
There are some big names and big teams competing as usual this year, notably the addition of the Rockstar Energy Factory Husqvarna racing team and the absence of Dakar legend Marc Coma, who this year has joined the Amaury Sports Organisation (ASO) in organising the event as Sporting Director.
We have some British riders competing (unfortunately not Red Bull KTM's Sam Sunderland after suffering a broken leg a couple of months ago) who will be giving everything they've got, including my mate Chris 'Corky' Cork, who's off-road riding roots were formed in the ATRC.
Good luck to absolutely everybody competing, have a safe race, and enjoy yourselves! I will be following the race in great detail as always.
If you'd like any tips on how to best follow the race, get in touch!