Less than three months after enrollment opened, the bike category for the Dakar is already full, with an even broader and balanced range of nationalities for the 2012 edition, which will start on 1st January in Mar del Plata and finish on 15th January in Lima. The dunes of the Atacama or the Argentinean canyons which have graced TV screens during each month of January for the last three years are attracting more and more adventurers from the four corners of the earth. In the space of several weeks, 310 enrollment applications for bikes and quads have been received by the Dakar organising teams, who have decided to restrict the category to 220 vehicles for reasons of safety and comfort. Such an influx of applications had not been seen since the last African editions of the rally. In addition to the impressive overall figures, analysis of the applications also reveals a broad range of profiles and nationalities. The South Americans who are still discovering the Dakar will once again be present and will be accompanied by more French, Italian, American and Australian competitors. The organisers will now put in place a selection process, focusing first and foremost on the sporting accomplishments of the riders, whilst including a share of experienced riders who boast the necessary technical and physical qualities to succeed in the challenge of their first Dakar. http://www.fullnoise.com.au/news/in...=10841&Ntitle=Rallye: 2012 Dakar full already!