Chilean motorcylist Jose Ignacio Florimo Cornejo conquers a near vertical sand dune.
Mini's Spanish driver Nani Roma and co-driver Alexandre Haro Bravo navigate sand and dunes on stage nine.
A red landscape acts as the backdrop as KTM rider Luciano Benavides tackles stage seven of the event.
It's a race across the beach on stage five as a helicopter hovers ominously closely to the riders on the ground below.
A helicopter casts is shadow over Mini driver Stephane Peterhansel and co-driver David Castera.
The car driven of Cyril Despres dissects the sparse landscape during stage seven of the Dakar.
The truck of Gerrit Zuurmond, Jasper Riezebos and Klaas Kwakkel flips over as Philippe Boutron and Mayeul Barbet check on the Dutch trio.
Richard Main leaves a massive trail of sand in his wake on board his Redline KTM on stage six.