We are getting pretty close to the 2018 edition of the Dakar! So who do you think will win? I'll throw some guesses out there to get us started. Cars- I think that this is the year for Loeb. He will follow his teammates in the dunes in Peru, and then can put some time on them in the more rally-like stages towards the end in Argentina. Peterhansel and Al-Attiyah will round out the podium (not that risky of a bet I realize). Dark Horse- Look for Bryce Menzies and Mikko Hirvonen to put pressure on the Peugeots in their 2WD X-Raid cars. I expect them to be fast, but have some teething issues. Bikes- I feel like bikes are wide open ever since Depres moved to four wheels and Marc Coma started working for ASO. Defending champ Sam Sutherland has been fast, but not always consistent, 2015 winner Toby Price is back from injury, Joan Barreda Bort is recovering from an injury as well. I would like to see someone NOT on a KTM win, maybe Paulo Goncalves on his Honda? Dark Horse- Andrew Short has done a few rallies now and is a super strong motocross rider, it will be interesting to see how he does at Dakar. Trucks- De Rooy has said he is not competing this year so it is hard to imagine anyone stopping Nikolaev and the Kamaz-Master team. Dark Horse- I am a longtime Toyota fan and I would love to see Teruhito Sugawara and the Hino team win Dakar. They came in 8th in the truck class last year so it isn't entirely out of the question. So who are your picks?