South Korean dirt-bike enthusiasts ditched their city cycles to race custom-built contraptions in a small but determined celebration of motorcycle culture.
Set to a rhythmic soundtrack of clacking machinery, whirring drills and inflating tyres, bikes take shape at a factory run by Taiwan's Giant, which is leading the island's push to regain its crown as bike maker to the world.
"In a country where being a woman itself is a challenge, biking is just another challenge which women should not back out from," says 24-year-old Anam Hashim, India's youngest female stunt rider.
The Extreme Sports Expo, the biggest event of its kind in the region, returns next month for its fifth edition at the Dubai World Trade Center from Jan.9 to 11.
More than four hundred athletes flocked to the starting line on Friday for the debut of the HERO Dubai, the first race of the international HERO World Series circuit.
The action in the Dakar Rally was overshadowed by the death of Portuguese motorbike rider Paulo Goncalves, who became the 25th fatality on Sunday. Goncalves met with a fatal accident after 276 kilometres of the seventh stage from Riyadh to Wadi ad-Dawasir.
CS Santosh, India’s no. 1 off-road and cross-country rally pilot, is well aware of his limitations and is not setting any unachievable goals for himself for next year’s Dakar Rally.