VIDEO: Dakar contenders gear up for the challenge

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We've compiled the best action from pre-Dakar training camps to bring you this exclusive clip

The suspense is building ahead of the fifth Dakar Rally to be staged in South America.

Returning legends Cyril Despres and Carlos Sainz have their sights set on another victory while rising stars Helder Rodrigues and Chaleco Lopez are out to score their first win.

We have kept our cameras focused on all of the main contenders for the Dakar crown in 2013 and here’s the best of the action from those pre-race training camps.

Buckle up and enjoy, it’s definitely a bumpy ride out in those desert dunes.

Carlos Sainz drives at the Qatar Red Bull Rally Team Testing in Apple Valley, USA
Carlos Sainz at the wheel© Tony Harmer/Red Bull Content Pool