Am I the only one to know that motorcycle manufactures make motorcycles to race and win? GasGas didn't make it to trail ride on nor did they gear it for your neck of the woods. They made it for rally racing!
The race organizers of Dakar have changed the displacement rules, 450cc and less, for bikes. KTM has pulled out and rightfully so IMHO.
The Dakar is up for grabs this year as far as manufacturers go. GasGas, it would appear, is throwing their hat into the ring.
If I wanted to go rally racing I would do it on a KTM and not at the Dakar. Dakar is becoming just like the AMA and FIM