Chris Birch is a five-time New Zealand Enduro Champion. He's a three-time winner of the Roof of Africa. He won the Red Bull Romaniacs in 2010. But can he handle the Dakar?
Cyril Despres has been riding in the Dakar Rally since 2001. He has three Dakar championships to his name but was beaten out last year by rival Marc Coma. Despres will be gunning for his fourth championship in a few days when the 2012 edition of the Dakar Rally kicks off in South America.
In less than a week the most grueling motorcycle race in the world will begin in South America. The Dakar Rally will take some of the best adventure riders in the world through deserts, over mountains, and across rivers as they compete for the 2012 Dakar title.
The TTXGP has been steadily growing a fan base over the last few years and now it looks like the electric motorcycle racing championship is officially here to stay. The TTXGP has just inked its first multi-year contract which will see the electric racing series head to Assen from now until at least 2014.
For the last decade, the Dakar Rally has been a showcase for KTM. Starting with Fabrizio Meoni's victory in 2001, KTM has been the machine to beat at the Dakar rally. But Yamaha is hoping to change that this year with Helder Rodrigues and the YZ450F Rally Motorcycle.
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