As the Dakar 2012 has become history, we bring you a selection of outstanding photos from our man in the dust, Marcelo Maragni.
The Dakar Rally 2012 has had many an astonishing moment. Now that the thrill is gone for another 350 days, we take a look in retrospect at the finest photographic moments of the last couple of stages of the world’s toughest long distance rally. Opening shot: Cyril Despres crossing the finishing line of Dakar Rally 2012 on January 15.
Marek Dabrowski plowing through the dunes during the eighth stage of Dakar Rally from Copiapo to Antofagasta, on January 9, 2012.
The KAMAZ Team making miles during the ninth stage from Antofagasta to Iquique in Chile, on January 10.
KAMAZ driver Andrey Karginov and his co-pilots Andrey Mokeev and Igor Devyatkin crossing a river big time during the 11th stage from Arica, Chile to Arequipa, Peru on January 12.
Home of the Heroes: Overview of Dakar Rally bivouac in Arequipa, Peru on January 12.
Ex-ski jumper, now truck driver Adam Malysz at the Dakar Rally bivouac in Nazca, Peru on January 13.
Giniel de Villiers and his co-driver Dirk von Zitzewitz moonbuggying through the 13th stage from Nazca to Pisco, Peru on January 14.
The KAMAZ Master team celebrates after finishing the Dakar Rally in Lima, Peru on January 15.
Helder Rodrigues, Cyril Despres and Marc Coma celebrate on the podium during the prizegiving for the Dakar Rally in Lima.
Desert pirate Chris Birch poses for a portrait with a patched eye at the finish line of the Dakar Rally in Lima.
Marc Coma is seen at the finish line of the Dakar Rally in Lima, Peru.
Helder Rodrigues and Marc Coma have fun after crossing the finish line of the Dakar Rally in Lima, also on January 15.
Happiness in the face of a competitor at the finish line of the Dakar Rally in Lima. See you next year!