Wednesday, January 24, 2007

the Dakar Rally

Stephane Peterhansel earned his third Dakar Rally driving title on Sunday despite not winning a single stage. However, French motorcycle rider Eric Aubijoux became the second fatality in this year's race. The 42-year-old died near the end of the 14th stage between Tambacounda and Dakar in Senegal on Saturday.

South African motorcyclist Elmer Symons, 29, competing in his first Dakar Rally, died after an accident during the fourth stage on 9 January.

Last year, 41-year-old Australian motorcyclist Andy Caldecott died.

Two children were also killed in Guinea and Senegal after being hit by vehicles passing through their villages.

Two years ago, 2001 and 2002 champion Fabrizio Meoni of Italy and Juan Manuel Perez of Spain, both motorcyclists with KTM, were killed.

the dakar rally is the world's toughest rally...

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