2015 Desafío Inca: duel in the Ica desert
The Desafío Inca will bring the 2015 Dakar Series to a close next September in Peru. Lima hosted the presentation of the third edition of the event, where the organisers announced the presence of the top official teams and revealed a sandy course that will provide the ideal training grounds for the 2016 Dakar.
The third edition of the Desafío Inca (September 11–13) was presented to the press at the Hilton Hotel in Lima. The event will have a strong desert flavour, a boon for competitors who are gearing up for the 2016 Dakar and want to train on the long chains of dunes of the Ica desert, which will also feature on the menu next January.
Étienne Lavigne, the director of the Dakar, officially presented the Desafío Inca in the context of the Dakar's return to Peru. Competitors from all over the world, representing 13 nationalities, will flock to Paracas (Ica region). KTM, Yamaha and Husqvarna are among the teams that have already confirmed their participation in the motorcycle category, along with riders of the calibre of Ignacio Casale (winner of the 2014 Dakar in the quad category), Laia Sanz, Toby Price (the surprise of the 2015 Dakar), Jordi Viladoms, Hélder Rodrigues and "Chavo" Salvatierra. Competitors such as Alonso Elías, Philip Rivers, "Tato" Heinrich, Alexis Hernández and Ignacio Flores also make the Peruvians a force to be reckoned with.
The Desafío Inca will feature a three-course menu, not unlike the previous two editions. Juan Valdivia, the sports director of the event, described the programme in great detail, explaining how the approximately 1,000 km long course will consist of two specials on every racing day (ranging from 148 to 199 km), mostly on desert soil, but he also let slip that competitors should be ready for surprises…
The Peruvian authorities took the opportunity to confirm that the Ministries of Culture and the Environment had approved the course of the event.