Dakar photo of the day

Awesome images from the 2016 Dakar Rally updated each day throughout the event.
By Tom Bellingham
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Champagne moment
Stephane Peterhansel Dakar 2016 finish
Champagne moment Stephane Peterhansel and Team Peugeot Total celebrate victory at the 2016 Dakar Rally. It was Peterhansel's 12th title while Peugeot celebrated their first since 1990. Toby Price won on the Bikes category to become Australia's first Dakar winner. © Marcelo Maragni/Red Bull Content Pool
On route
Stephane Peterhansel Stage 12 Dakar 2016
On route Stephane Peterhansel of Team Peugeot Total on Stage 12 of the Dakar Rally 2016 from San Juan to Villa Carlos Paz, Argentina. The Frenchman currently leads the Cars category from Nasser Al-Attiyah as he looks for a record 12th Dakar win. © Eric Vargiolu / DPPI / Red Bull Content Pool
Passing by
Toby Price Stage 11 Dakar 2016
Passing by Toby Price of the Red Bull KTM Factory Team passes another competitor on Stage 11 from La Rioja to San Juan, Argentina. The Australian rider currently leads the Bikes category from Stefan Svitko by 30 minutes. © Marcelo Maragni/Red Bull Content Pool
By a nose
Marcos Patronelli Stage 10 Dakar 2016
By a nose Marcos Patronelli of Yamaha Racing performs on Stage 10 from Belen to La Rioja, Argentina. The Argentine rider currently leads the standings in the Quads from his brother Alejandro by 92 seconds after over 43 hours of driving! © Flavien Duhamel/Red Bull Content Pool
King Carlos
Carlos Sainz Stage 9 Dakar 2016
King Carlos Carlos Sainz races around Belen, Argentina on Stage 9. The Spaniard took the stage victory to lead the Dakar from his Team Peugeot Total teammate Stéphane Peterhansel by just over seven minutes after 28 hours of racing. © DPPI/Red Bull Content Pool
Another one bites the dust
Dmitry Sotnikov Stage 8 Dakar 2016
Another one bites the dust Dmitry Sotnikov of Team KAMAZ Master drives by another fallen competitor during Stage 8 of the Dakar Rally. Of the 347 competitors, over 50 are already out of the event. © Marcelo Maragni/Red Bull Content Pool
Rest day
Kamaz Master Dakar 2016
Rest day A mechanic of Team KAMAZ Master works during the rest day in Salta, Argentina. No running takes place during this part of the Dakar as it's meant to be a rest day... but try telling that to the mechanics, who continue to work flat out on their machines. © Marcelo Maragni/Red Bull Content Pool
Rookie rider
Antoine Méo Stage 7 Dakar 2016
Rookie rider Antoine Meo of the Red Bull KTM Factory Team rides from Uyuni, Bolivia to Salta, Argentina on Stage 7. The five-time Enduro World Champion added his name to the list of Dakar rookies claiming a stage victory in 2016. © Marcelo Maragni/Red Bull Content Pool
Monsieur Dakar
Stephane Peterhansel Stage 6 Dakar 2016
Monsieur Dakar Stephane Peterhansel drives around Uyuni, Bolivia on Stage 6 of the 2016 Dakar. The 11-times Dakar winner took the overall lead by 27 seconds over Team Peugeot Total teammate Sébastien Loeb after a dominant stage win. © Marcelo Maragni/Red Bull Content Pool
Crossing the border
Joan Barreda Stage 5 Dakar 2016
Crossing the border Joan Barreda of Team HRC rides from Jujuy in Argentina to Uyuni in Bolivia on Stage 5 of the 2016 Dakar Rally. The Spaniard currently sits outside the top three having received time penalties on the previous two days. © Flavien Duhamel/Red Bull Content Pool
Trailblazers
Cyril Despres Stage 4 Dakar 2016
Trailblazers Cyril Despres races to Jujuy during Stage 4 of the Dakar Rally. After a difficult return to the Dakar last year, Team Peugeot Total appear to be the team to beat in 2016 with their drivers first, second, third, and fifth on Stage 4 of the event. © DPPI / Red Bull Content Pool
Keep on truckin'
Dmitry Sotnikov Stage 3 Dakar 2016
Keep on truckin' Dmitry Sotnikov of Team KAMAZ Master races during Stage 3 from Termas de Rio Hondo to Jujuy, Argentina. KAMAZ have dominated the trucks category of Dakar in recent years, winning the event for a record 13 times in 2015. © Marcelo Maragni/Red Bull Content Pool
A change of scenery
Sebastien Loeb Stage 2 Dakar 2016
A change of scenery Dakar debutant, Sébastien Loeb drives to victory on Stage 2 from Villa Carlos Paz to Termas de Rio Hondo. Many expected a strong performance from the nine-time WRC champion but a stage victory so early in his debut Dakar was a spectacular achievement. © Flavien Duhamel/Red Bull Content Pool
Stuck in the mud
Mohamed Abu Issa Dakar 2016
Stuck in the mud Quad rider Mohamed Abu Issa gets a taste of the appalling conditions that have played havoc with the beginning of the 2016 Dakar Rally. Thunderstorms made Stage 1 too unsafe to run so the competitors made their way to Villa Carlos Paz via motorway ready for Stage 2. © Marcelo Maragni/Red Bull Content Pool
Making a splash
Joan Barreda of Team HRC races during prologue stage of Rally Dakar 2016
Making a splash Team HRC rider Joan Barreda rides through the water during the prologue stage of the Dakar Rally. The Spaniard made the perfect start to his 2016 campaign by winning the prologue from Ruben Faria. © Marcelo Maragni/Red Bull Content Pool
Buckle up!
Nasser Al-Attiyah (QAT) of Axion X-Raid Team prepares to test prior Rally Dakar 2016 in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Buckle up! Reigning champion, Nasser Al-Attiyah of Axion X-Raid Team prepares to defend his Dakar crown ahead of the world's greatest Rally Raid event which kicks-off on January 3. The Qatari rally star is aiming for his third overall win at the Dakar having won in 2011 and 2015. © Marcelo Maragni/Red Bull Content Pool
The calm before the storm
The Team Peugeot Total (FRA) before the Rally Dakar 2016 in Buenos Aires, Argentina
The calm before the storm Team Peugeot Total ready up their Peugeot 2008 DKR16s for the big event. This year the French manufacturer are running an additional fourth car with nine-time WRC champion Sébastien Loeb at the wheel. © Flavien Duhamel/Red Bull Content Pool

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