Dunno if anyone follow the Dakar here, but the ASO published the route through Argentina, Chili and Peru:
In the bikes cathegory not that many suprises: Coma and Despres on KTM, Rodrigues and Street on Yamaha, Lopez and Duclos on Aprilia. Biggest switch is Speedbrain ditching the BMW bikes for Husqvarna's and Frans Verhoeven teaming up with Sherco, whereas Casteu traded his Sherco for a Yamaha as well.
In the cars VW exited dakar for their WRC preparation. BMW's X-Raid team enters five Mini XRaids and three older BMW's. Giniel de Villiers enters a Toyota Hilux Proto and Alfie Cox comes to Mar del Plata with a Volvo XC60 tuned by Powena. Dutch Rallydriver Erik Wevers prepared four Racing Lancers for himself and Erik van Loon, Bernard ten Brinke en Gert Huzink.
In the Trucks the number 500 for first truck has been given to Edvard Nikolaev, who seems to be the successor of Vladimir Chagin at the Kamaz Army. The Russians enter an armada of EIGHT Kamaz-trucks to defend their winning streak. The main rivals seem to be Tatra (with Ales Loprais), MAN (with Frans Echter and Marcel van Vliet), Ginaf (with Wuf van Ginkel) and Iveco (with dakar-legend Jan de Rooy as teamboss, his son Gerard as lead-driver and WRC-legend Miki Biasion as newest addition)
Edit: a question. I tried to include [img][/img] tags for pictures, but that didn't work. Is there any way to include pics here?