The Paris Dakar motorcycle rally is one of the most important bike racing events in South Africa. The famous mountain pass between the Zambezi and Zambia is a popular venue for the race and the first place finishes are always exciting, especially for a new rider.
In the last 10 years the Paris Dakar has become one of the most popular motorcycle races in the world with riders from all over the world. A lot of people from countries such as Australia and the United States also participate and this year is no different. If you have been to the race and have been looking for information about the leading candidates for the top prize, you should take some time to read this article.
In the recent past, it is safe to say that the main favorites of the Paris Dakar were the Italians, with riders such as Gino Bartali and Valentino Rossi being the favorites in recent years. But this year it has been a very different story. The Chinese are now the front runners and they have riders such as Yang Shi Lin and Wang Junfeng competing in the lead pack. And don't forget that they have several other great riders as well, so this race will no doubt be an exciting one.
Now, if you are interested in the leading riders of the Paris Dakar who can realistically win the race, there are three people you should look out for. First off there is the Italian Marco Pantani who has a number of good points during his career and is one of the strongest Italian riders but his lack of experience in a major international race will be a big hindrance.
Second place goes to the Spaniard Juan Manuel Fangio and third is the Frenchman Jean Robicq who is riding for the newly formed Chinese team. Of course the riders from China are expected to have their fair share of problems during this event but there is no doubt that the Chinese team is going to come out on top this year. You should look out for the Chinese team riders to have a fair amount of success.
The best person to go and find out more about the leading Paris Dakar motorcycle winners is probably one of the experienced riders who have already won this event during the past few years. A lot of riders will be happy to tell you that they are going to ride hard and give it their all to ensure that they get the top spot for this year's race and beyond.