The Dakar attracts the crowds
Interested and curious onlookers can be found everywhere along the Dakar Rally's itinerary across Argentina. From the stages, to the finish lines, to the bivouacs – the event's first South American edition has struck a popular chord.
competitors appreciate these large enthusiastic crowds which greet them in every town, taking the time to sign autographs and pose for pictures before making their way to the camp, an area which is closed off to the public and protected by guards at its entry points.
Such a popular reaction has warmed the hearts of the rally organisers, who did not expect such a high level of interest on this first display in Argentina. The Dakar was not well-known in the country, but the newly-acquired fans are already hoping it returns next year.
ASO signed a contract with Argentina and Chile for two presentations, although not necessarily in succession. After 2009's welcome – and after solving a few teething problems regarding transportation, communications and stopovers - it is possible the 2010 edition might be held in both host countries again.