Hey Tau, it is your dream so don't let anyone put you off if Malles Motos is the way you want to go.
It's all about the journey and not necessarily about the destination!
If it was just about the destination then why bother going round in a big circle to get back to BA!
I guess you are on this 'Adventure Motorcycling Forum' for the journey and would find the satisfaction you deserve if you battle to the finish under 'mainly' your own steam!
Good luck which ever year you decide to enter, just do your homework then enjoy the ride!
"What could possibly go wrong"
CBVRacing. "The race (Dakar) is what it is, it is being offered to racers, if they chose to sign up they should know that there are only 5 outcomes at the end of the two weeks: Finish, Mechanical, Abandon, Injuries, Death."