The 2013 Dakar Rally Raid is upon us, starting on the 5th of January in Lima, Peru. This event has moved from Africa to South America in the last few years, but the theme is the same, and the winner has always been the same in recent memory, the Austrian manufacturer KTM, who has taken every event since 2001 when Fabrizio Meoni took the title. The favorite to win this event is Cyril Despres from France, who has won the last seven events with his teammate. However, Marc Coma from Spain ha an injured shoulder and will not be participating.
The KTM guys aren't just going to get the victory handed to them this year, as there is some serious competition on the field. The Honda HRC Factory team is back this year, after 23 years away from the Dakar Rally Raid. Then, there are some others that will be sure to shine include Helder Rodrigues from Portugal, Sam Sunderland from the UK and Javier Pizzolito from Argentina. There is also the Husqvarna Rallye Team and Joan Barreda of Spain who won the Rally of the Pharaohs most recently in this competition.