Jan 20

2014 Dakar Rally – Stage 13

Jacek Czachor and Marek Dabrowski - ActionThe 2014 Dakar Rally wrapped up over the weekend with unsurprising results.  Big teams and rally veterans took home the glory and more than a few fan favorites will be back next year to challenge the deserts of South America.  Hit the jump for a massive gallery of the best photos from the 2014 Dakar Rally and some great highlight reels of all the classes.

MOTORSPORT -  DAKAR 2014 PART 2When you field a massive team that’s packed with superstars is it really surprising that you capture the top three positions in your class?  Volkswagen did it for the early part of the 2000s and now the X-Raid MINI team has done it with a 1-2-3 finish.

TMOTORSPORT -  DAKAR 2014 PART 2eam orders prevailed and Nani Roma was reinstated as the leader and eventual winner of the 2014 Dakar when both Peterhansel and Al-Attiyah waited for their Spanish teammate on the final stage.

With fan favorites like Carlos Sainz and Robby Gordon being forced to withdrawl from the race the final standings in the car category were less than surprising.

Giniel de Villiers - ActionThe fourth place finish of Giniel De Villiers is noteworthy for the fact that he is in a much smaller team and aside from an early mechanical his Toyota HiLux showed that it had competitive pace.  Hopefully the former VW driver and 2009 Dakar winner can do even better next year.

Marc Coma - WinnerMarc Coma is no stranger to winning the Dakar and this year he made it look easy.  With his rival Despres suffering from uncharacteristic a bad luck, Coma was able to pilot his KTM to a nearly two hour margin of victory over second place rider and teammate Jordi Villadoms.

dak14_stage10_barreda_3_5974_dThe only rider to challenge Coma was early rally leader Joan Barreda Bort on his HRC Honda.  The young Honda rider showed incredible pace, winning a number stages and chipping away at Coma’s lead until damaging his bike in Stage 10 and losing over two hours and a podium position in the 2014 Dakar Rally.

For most teams the end of the 2014 Dakar Rally marks the beginning of preparations for next year’s event and even the best teams will be looking for that extra advantage when then come back to the deserts of South America in 2015.

For more on the 2014 Dakar Rally check out the official site: www.dakar.com.

That wraps up our coverage of the 2014 Dakar Rally and I’ll leave you with some great highlight reels and a gallery of the best photos from this year’s race.