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Dakar 2013: Motorcycles Sold Out

30
July
2012
  Posted at 08:00:00 AM
  File under  Dakar Race
  Author: Mike Werner
  Location: Travelling

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It might be a worldwide financial crisis for many with thousands of people out of a job and home, but for some passionate racers, it just doesn't really matter. In the space of 2 months, the Dakar Open link in a new window rally has sold out all its spaces for motorcycles.

A total of 305 motorcycles & quads have registered for the race that starts next year in Santiago de Chile. But only 220 of them will actually start on the 5th of January 2013.

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Open image in a new window  Dakar 2005       © Motorbiker

10 Latin-Americans, and the rest are motorcycle racers from 51 different nationalities. It's interesting to see so many people want to race in a "dream of a lifetime". Typically, it'll cost some $75,000 to participate, counting your bike, spares, transport, etc. Some people have even mortgaged their house so that they can participate.

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Open image in a new window  Dakar 2005       © Motorbiker

At this moment I'm still contemplating to attend the mythic event, but it depends on me finding a magazine or newspaper that will help finance the trip (it costs a lot of money as accredited press to attend). We'll see...





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