The 2018 Dakar Rally was the 40th edition of the event and the tenth successive year that the event was held in South America. The event started in Lima, Peru, on January 6, then ran through Argentina and Bolivia, and finished in Córdoba, Argentina, on January 20 after 14 stages of competition, totally almsot 5,500 miles. The Dakar Rally consists of different classes, including Moto, Quad, UTV, Cars, and Trucks; totaling 335 entries with only 184 entries finishing the race.
The quad class saw numerous entires aboard Yamaha Raptor 700’s, along with a few Yamaha YFZ450’s, and Can-Am Renegade 1000’s.
But at the end of the 5,500 mile race lasting 14 days (actual mileage and time was shorter due to 2 cancelled stages and a rest day), it was Ignacio Casale aboard a Yamaha Raptor 700 that came out on top, finishing with a total time of 53 hours 47 minutes and 4 seconds, an astounding almost 2 hours faster than the second place finisher Nicolas Cavigliasso aboard his Yamaha YFZ450; with Jeremias Gonzalaez Ferioli finishing on the last step of the podium aboard his Yamaha Raptor 700.
It seems that the Yamaha’s and preferably the Yamaha Raptor 700’s are always on the podium if not winning the quad class of the Dakar Rally.
For more info on the Dakar Rally, please visit their website - www.dakar.com.