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Dakar Rally official web site
https://www.dakar.com/

"A challenge for those who go and a dream for those who stay." Thierry Sabine

The Dakar Rally was started in 1978 by a young adventurous Frenchman named Thierry Sabine. During its early years, it was called the Paris-Dakar Rally because at the time the race started in Paris, the capital of France, and finished in Dakar, the capital of Senegal. However, the rally had to be canceled in 2008 due to rising political uncertainties in Africa, where the bulk of the race was carried out. It was relocated to the South American continent in 2009, and is currently called the Dakar Rally.

The Dakar Rally is a time competition where contestants compete for two weeks over a distance of approximately 10,000km, traveling over off- road terrain including sand dunes, deserts and wastelands. The rally is referred to as the “world’s most grueling rally,” and over the years, it hasn’t been unusual for less than half the contestants to make it to the finish line. This has only spurred the contestants’ spirit of challenge, however, as each year it attracts more than 300 entrants from over 50 countries in five categories-motorbikes, quads (4-wheeled buggies), cars, UTV(newly established in the 2017 rally) and trucks-making this a major event with a huge global following.

The Dakar Rally 2019 in figures (according to the organizer’s information)

The number of vehicles represented on the rally. 334
The number of moto category 138
The number of quad category 29
The number of car category 126(including 30 vehicles in the new UTV category)
The number of truck category 41
The number of countries in which the images of the Dakar will be broadcast 190
In total, the estimated number of hours broadcast of images of the Dakar on the world’s TV channels 1,200
The number of journalists who will follow the entire rally 1,900
The number of fans on the Dakar’s official Facebook page. 2 million
The number of fans on the Dakar’s official Twitter follower. 400,000

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Yoshimasa Sugawara's retirement from the Dakar Rally

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Yoshimasa Sugawara’s retirement from the Dakar Rally

Japan Racing Management Co., Ltd (hereafter referred to as “JRM”) and Hino Motors, Ltd. have announced that Yoshimasa Sugawara, JRM chairman, who has continued to break his own record of consecutive starts in the Dakar Rally since his first entry 1983 has decided to retire from racing in the Rally. He will also be stepping down from his position as director of HINO TEAM SUGAWARA, the rally team that is jointly run by JRM and Hino Motors,Ltd,., handing over his position to JRM president Teruhito Sugawara.

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To establish a development and production base in Thailand for best-fit products to strengthen its buisiness foundation in ASEAN

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We also believe it is important to widely disseminate the safety technologies that we develop, and we promote rapid installation of practical technology into our products, to be fitted as standard.

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