Has anyone been following the Dakar Rally in South America?
I'm mostly interested in the bikes. As for bikes, the #81 KTM 450/EXC is being ridden by Ned Suesse. Ned and the #19 Yamaha YZ450 ridden by Jonah Street are both supported by groups of individuals of which I'm proud to count myself as one. Ned's from Colorado and this is his first Dakar Rally but not his first rally race. He started 81st and has moved up to 46th (of the bikes). Jonah had a run of bad luck this year (he's been racing the Dakar since 2006) and has withdrawn from the rally and announced his retirement from rally racing. Jonah is from Washington State.
Anyway, Toyota content. I read a bit about this vehicle's driving team and figured I'd post a pic of their entry.
Kinda sad that the drivers of this rig couldn't get along...maybe they needed hugs
The rally has taken place in South America for the last four years and is scouted (usually) by drivers in a Hilux. You can read more at www.dakar.com. And American followers can watch daily highlights on Versus/NBC Sports channel--the rally runs through the 15th of January.