Here’s a run down of this year’s entrants

Bikes

Sam Sunderland – #6

Sam hasn’t had the best luck with the Dakar in the past with two DNFs for HRC. He’s hoping his luck will change this year, he’s riding for the team to beat RedBull KTM, with a stage win last time out, he’s setting his sights on finishing this year.

Overall: 50th

Stage 1: 1st

Stage 2: 67th

Stage 3: 50th

Chris “Corky” Cork – #104

Chris is the quintessential Dakar privateer, he’s sold his house to afford the huge costs in getting to the start line. He’s been training hard and overcoming injuries in 2014 – but for Corky it’s not all about him, he’s also raising money for the Children’s Hospice South West.

Overall: 121st

Stage 1: 150th

Stage 2: 133rd

Stage 3: 121st

Llewelyn Pavey – #75

Growing up with a Dad who’s a serial Dakar finisher it was only a matter of time before Llewelyn found himself on the starting podium. He’s following in his Dad’s tyre tracks but will be riding his own race, the plan? Get to the finishing podium.

Overall: 77th

Stage 1: 84th

Stage 2: 82nd

Stage 3: 77th

Simon Pavey – #76

The Godfather of adventure riding in the UK, he’s taught thousands of riders over the years at his OffRoadSkills school, it’s all to help him return year after year to the Dakar. This year he’s bringing his favourite riding buddy, his son.

Overall: 79th

Stage 1: 95th

Stage 2: 80th

Stage 3: 79th

Cars

Dean Gibbs – #423

Dean is an adventurer at heart, he’s competed in other crazy races in the past notably the Round-Britain Powerboat Race. He’s competing solo in a Polaris RZR as a recce before entering a full car team in 2016.

Overall: Retired on stage 2

Stage 1: 123rd

Stage 2: DNF

Trucks

Chris Ratter, Martin West and Charles Sincock – #556

Race2Recovery have a representation this year in the Truck team headed up by Chris Ratter, they continue bringing attention to injured servicemen and help raise money for Help for Heroes

Overall: Retired on stage 3

Stage 1: 53rd

Stage 2: 59th

Stage 3: Retired

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