Originally Posted by HogWild
There is absolutely no comparison. Though there are some spots in M1K that are a bit challenging, overall it's way easier that Dakar on average. And the navigation in Dakar is in a whole other league. Though the format of M1K is similar to Dakar, there isn't much more to compare.
As far as average speed goes, I don't see any way to ever compare that. The terrain is so different, even day-to-day in each event, you're always comparing apples and oranges.
You can't even compare M1K speeds to SCORE speeds. The M1K course is much less technical in many areas and the long transitions between specials allow for rest making the specials sprints.