Brits charge to top 50 in Dakar Rally!

By Marc Potter
marcpotter Tested every new bike since 1994, loves anything on two wheels, runs Potski Media, ex-BikeSocial boss. Recently discovered elbow-down riding - likely to end in tears.

Two days down on some of the hardest to ride terrain in the world, just the 8000kmn or so to go!
The 2013 Dakar Rally kicked off in spectacular style on Saturday and after two days we have two British riders in the top 50, and an honorary Brit running in 56th place.

It might be the toughest race in the world, but let’s face it, unless you’re a REAL hardcore off-road fan or off-road rider not many of us are really going to care too much who wins the Dakar Rally 2013. But we do care about our boys flying the flag.

Crescent KTM rider Stan Watt was running in 32nd place after day two, KTM rider James West was in 46th place after two days, and adopted Brit Simon Pavey from Australia was running in 56th place. Many of you will know Pavey from his BMW Off-Road Skills course in Wales.

Some of the images coming back from the Dakar are incredible, so we thought we’d lighten your day with a few of the best from the two days in Peru. It’s enough to make you want to get yourself on a dirt bike and ride some dunes. Well, it is for us, anyway!
Caselli shows how it's done on his KTM 450
Husqvarna is having a great start to the Dakar, but there's still a very long way to go
After two days, the overall leader was Spaniard Joan Barreda on a Husqvarna. We’ll keep you posted of the major developments.

Thanks to Yamaha Racing, Maragni M of KTM images, and Husqvarna for the images.
Yamaha's Verhoeven sets off on day two

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