The most famous rally in the world, The Dakar, starts on January 1st and finishes thousands of miles and two weeks later. The 2012 editions were won Peterhansel (Mini Countryman), Cyril Despres (KTM bikes) and De Rooy (Iveco trucks).

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Dakar Rally 2012

Vehicles which will take part in the Dakar 2012 Argentina-Chile-Peru Rally are seen parked at the Zarate docks, 102 km (63 miles) north of Buenos Aires, December 22, 2011. The South American edition of the Dakar 2012 starting January 1 includes a total of 14 stages across Argentina, Chile and Peru. REUTERS/Enrique Marcarian

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Mini Monsters pilots France's Stephane Peterhansel poses in front of his car during the technical verification exercise of the fourth South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2012 in Mar del Plata December 31, 2011. REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen

Dakar Rally 2012

Robby Gordon and co-pilot Johnny Campbell of the U.S. jump from the podium in their Hummer during the departure ceremony of the fourth South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2012 in Mar del Plata December 31, 2011. REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen

Dakar Rally 2012

Pilots on their motorbikes arrive for the departure ceremony of the fourth South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2012 in Mar del Plata December 31, 2011. REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen

Dakar Rally 2012

Bony Bruno of France wears a wig as he drives his KTM from the podium during the departure ceremony of the fourth South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2012 in Mar del Plata December 31, 2011. REUTERS/Enrique Marcarian

Dakar Rally 2012

U.S Alexis Cody Quinn rides his Honda during the second stage of the fourth South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2012 from Santa Rosa de la Pampa to San Rafael January 2, 2012. REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen

Dakar Rally 2012

France's Stephane Peterhansel and co-pilot Jean-Paul Cottret drive their Mini Monster during the first stage of the fourth South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2012 from Mar Del Plata to Santa Rosa de la Pampa January 1, 2012. REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen

Dakar Rally 2012

Argentina's Orlando Terranova and co-pilot U.S. Andy Grider in their Toyota drives beside Bill Conger of the U.S. riding his Husqvarna during the second stage of the fourth South American edition of the Dakar Rally from Santa Rosa de la Pampa to San Rafael January 2, 2012. REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen

Dakar Rally 2012

France's Stephane Peterhansel and co-pilot Jean-Paul Cottret drive their Mini Monster during the second stage of the fourth South American edition of the Dakar Rally from Santa Rosa de la Pampa to San Rafael January 2, 2012. REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen

Dakar Rally 2012

Argentina's Marcos Patronelli checks his Yamaha quad before the start of the second stage of the fourth South American edition of the Dakar Rally from Santa Rosa de la Pampa to San Rafael January 2, 2012. REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen

Dakar Rally 2012

Gert Huzink of the Netherlands and co-pilot Eugenie Decre of Switzerland drive their Mitsubishi during the second stage of the fourth South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2012, from Santa Rosa de la Pampa to San Rafael, January 2, 2012. REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen

Dakar Rally 2012

South Africa's Giniel De Villiers an co-pilot Germany's Dirk Zitzewitz try to move their Toyota after it was stuck in the sand during the fifth stage of the fourth South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2012 from Chilecito to Fiambala January 5, 2012. REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen

Dakar Rally 2012

France's Camelia Liparoti rides her Yamaha quad during the third stage of the fourth South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2012 from San Rafael to San Juan January 3, 2012. REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen

Dakar Rally 2012

France's Christophe Blondeau rides his Yamaha during the seventh stage of the fourth South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2012, in Copiapo January 7, 2012. REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen

Dakar Rally 2012

Yamaha quad pilot Camelia Liparoti of France talks with her mechanic on the eve of the eighth stage of the fourth South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2012 in Copiapo January 8, 2012. REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen

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Netherland's Erik van Loon and co-pilot Harmen Scholtalbers push their stucked Mitsubishi during the seventh stage of the fourth South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2012 in Copiapo January 7, 2012. REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen

Dakar Rally 2012

Spain's Nani Roma and co-pilot Michel Perin of France drive their Mini Monster during the 10th stage of the fourth South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2012 from Iquique to Arica January 11, 2012. REUTERS/Jaky Naegelen

Dakar Rally 2012

Spain's Nani Roma and co-pilot Michel Perin of France drive their Mini Monster during the 10th stage of the fourth South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2012 from Iquique to Arica January 11, 2012. REUTERS/Jerome Prevot/Pool

Dakar Rally 2012

Robby Gordon of the U.S. and co-pilot Johnny Campbell drive their Hummer during the 10th stage of the fourth South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2012 from Iquique to Arica January 11, 2012. REUTERS/Jerome Prevot/Pool

Dakar Rally 2012

France's Stephane Peterhansel and co-pilot Jean-Paul Cottret drive their Mini Monster during the 10th stage of the fourth South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2012 from Iquique to Arica January 11, 2012. REUTERS/Jerome Prevot/Pool

Dakar Rally 2012

A mechanic prepares the SMG of France's Bernard Errandonea on the eve of the eighth stage of the fourth South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2012 in Copiapo January 8, 2012. REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen

Dakar Rally 2012

Mechanics prepare the Man truck of France's Raphael Gimbre on the eve of the eighth stage of the fourth South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2012 in Copiapo January 8, 2012. REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen

Dakar Rally 2012

Mechanics prepare the vehicle of Germany's Stefanie Manns on the eve of the eighth stage of the fourth South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2012 in Copiapo January 8, 2012. REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen

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France's Cyril Despres cleans his mud-encrusted KTM bike during the eighth stage of the fourth South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2012 from Copiapo to Antofagasta January 9, 2012. REUTERS/Francois Lefloch/Pool

Dakar Rally 2012

Slovak's Stefan Svitko rides his KTM during the 10th stage of the fourth South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2012 from Iquique to Arica January 11, 2012. REUTERS/Jerome Prevot/Pool

Dakar Rally 2012

Spain's Marc Coma rides his KTM during the 10th stage of the fourth South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2012 from Iquique to Arica January 11, 2012. REUTERS/Jerome Prevot/Pool

Dakar Rally 2012

Spain's Marc Coma rides his KTM during the tenth stage of the fourth South American edition of the Dakar Rally from Iquique to Arica January 11, 2012. REUTERS/Jerome Prevot/Pool

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South Africa's Giniel De Villiers and co-pilot Germany's Dirk Zitzewitz drive their Toyota during the 11th stage of the fourth South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2012 from Arica to Arequipa January 12, 2012. REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen

Dakar Rally 2012

Netherlands' Bernhar Brinke and co-pilot France's Matthieu Baumel drive their Mitsubishi during the 11th stage of the fourth South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2012 from Arica to Arequipa January 12, 2012. REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen

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Italy's Claudio Pederzoli falls with his Yamaha during the 11th stage of the fourth South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2012 from Arica to Arequipa January 12, 2012. REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen

Dakar Rally 2012

Spain's Nani Roma and co-pilot France's Michel Perin drive their Mini Monster during the 11th stage of the fourth South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2012 from Arica to Arequipa January 12, 2012. REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen

Dakar Rally 2012

A biker competes during the 11th stage of the fourth South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2012 from Arica to Arequipa January 12, 2012. REUTERS/Philippe Desmazes/Pool

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Spain's Joan Barreda Bort rides his Huqsvarna during the tenth stage of the fourth South American edition of the Dakar Rally from Iquique to Arica January 11, 2012. REUTERS/Jerome Prevot/Pool

Dakar Rally 2012

Argentina's Eduardo Alan falls with his Yamaha during the 11th stage of the fourth South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2012 from Arica to Arequipa January 12, 2012. REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen

Dakar Rally 2012

Kazakstan's Artur Ardavichus, co-pilots Russia's Alexey Kumich and Kazakstan's Nurlan Turlubaev drive their Kamaz truck during the third stage of the fourth South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2012 from San Rafael to San Juan January 3, 2012. REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen

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France's Cyril Despres rides his KTM during the 12th stage of the fourth South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2012 from Arequipa to Nasca January 13, 2012. REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen

Dakar Rally 2012

South Africa's Giniel De Villiers and co-pilot Germany's Dirk Zitzewitz drive their Toyota during the 12th stage of the fourth South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2012 from Arequipa to Nasca January 13, 2012. REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen

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Spain's Joan Barreda Bort rides his Huqsvarna during the tenth stage of the fourth South American edition of the Dakar Rally from Iquique to Arica January 11, 2012. REUTERS/Jerome Prevot/Pool

Dakar Rally 2012

Netherland's Erik Kofman rides his KTM followed by South Africa's Giniel De Villiers an co-pilot Germany's Dirk Zitzewitz driving their Toyota during the 12th stage of the fourth South American edition of the Dakar Rally from Arequipa to Nasca January 13, 2012. REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen

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Netherland's Daniel Willemsen rides his Honda during the 12th stage of the fourth South American edition of the Dakar Rally from Arequipa to Nasca January 13, 2012. REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen

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Robby Gordon and co-pilot Johnny Campbell of the U.S. drive their Hummer during the 13th stage of the fourth South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2012 from Nasca to Pisco January 14, 2012. REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen

Dakar Rally 2012

France Camelia Liparoti rides her Yamaha quad during the 11th stage of the fourth South American edition of the Dakar Rally from Arica to Arequipa January 12, 2012. REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen

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Italy's Miki Biasioni co-pilots Giorgio Albiero and Netherland's Michel Huisman drive their Iveco truck during the 12th stage of the fourth South American edition of the Dakar Rally from Arequipa to Nasca January 13, 2012. REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen

Dakar Rally 2012

Yamaha quad pilots France Camelia Liparoti and Italy's Roberto Tonetti compete during the 11th stage of the fourth South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2012 from Arica to Arequipa January 12, 2012. Picture taken January 12, 2012. REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen

Dakar Rally 2012

France's Stephane Peterhansel and co-pilot Jean-Paul Cottret drive their Mini Monster during the 13th stage of the fourth South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2012 from Nasca to Pisco January 14, 2012. REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen

Dakar Rally 2012

Netherland's Hans Stacey, co-pilots Hans Van Goor and Bernard Der Kinderen drive their Iveco truck followed by Netherlands' Gerard with co-pilots Belgium's Tom Colsoul and Netherlands' Darek Rodewald during the 12th stage of the fourth South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2012 from Nasca to Pisco January 14, 2012. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares

Dakar Rally 2012

France's Stephane Peterhansel and co-pilot Jean-Paul Cottret drive their Mini Monster during the eight stage of the fourth South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2012 from Copiapo to Antofagasta January 9, 2012. REUTERS/Jerome Prevot/Pool

Dakar Rally 2012

KTM Biker France's Cyril Despres reacts after winning the fourth South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2012 in Lima January 15, 2012. REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen

Dakar Rally 2012

France's Stephane Peterhansel (R) and co-pilot Jean-Paul Cottret celebrate after crossing the finish line during the 14th stage of the fourth South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2012 from Pisco to Lima January 15, 2012. The official winners will be announced when the drivers arrive in Lima. REUTERS/Enrique Castro-Mendivil