By the Numbers: Dakar 2010

Up to Speed

By Tim Carrithers, Photography by Marcelo Maragni, Red Bull Photofiles

There are plenty of races and rallies in the world, but only one Dakar. The fact that Al Qaeda threats moved it from North Africa to South America in 2009 hardly seems to matter. For 99 percent of the riders and drivers who put the rest of their lives on hold for two weeks every January, the goal is beyond winning. In the Dakar, staying alive is a victory in itself. No one appreciates that fact more than Cyril Despres, the 36-year-old former French Enduro Champion who won Dakar for the third time this year.

550 Total vehicles in the rally
50 Countries represented
3 American motorcycle entries
36 French motorcycle entries
10 Motorcycle manufacturers represented
14 Stages
5553 Motorcycle course distance in miles
.004 Average annual rainfall in Chile's Atacama Desert in inches
7 Days spent in the Atacama
161 Motorcycles starting
88 Motorcycles finishing
170 Competitors starting the inaugural Paris-Dakar Rally in 1979
74 Finishers in 1979
6000 Bottles of wine Cyril Despres sold to race Dakar in 2000
1130 Hours of TV coverage
2.2 billion TV viewers worldwide
$74.5 million Global economic benefit
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