The Dakar rally, will go for the first time to South America in 2009. During the last thirty years, the race earned its legendary reputation in Africa that helped it grow and become one of the major events of the international calendar.
The 9000 kilometer-long rally will be held January 3-18 and use the city of Buenos Aires as its start and finish line. 530 teams will take off from Buenos Aires: 230 motorcycless, 30 quads, 188 cars and 82 trucks, representing 49 nationalities.
The Dakar exists above all because of a longing for discovery and a capacity to confront the unknown. By crossing the ocean, the rally is ready for an experience that is true to its values and temperament. 100 % Dakar. It is the quality of the challenge offered to the competitors with one idea always in mind: human adventure, extreme adveture.
Argentina and Chile have all the ingredients for a fantastic Dakar in terms of its varied topography and the beauty of the landscapes.
The move comes after the 2008 edition of the event was cancelled for the first time since its inception in 1979 due to security concerns after four French tourists were murdered in Mauritania.
It’s a shame that Africa should lose a classic like the Dakar — and the features that made it unique, but we’re sure that the Argentina-Chile Dakar will make up for it.