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Dean Nutall prepared for Dakar debut

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Australian rider Dean Nutall will make his Dakar debut at the 2012 Dakar Rally.

The 14 day race will start on New Years Day and travel from Argentina through Chile and end in Peru.

The Ballarat rider will be competing with with the Memo Tours-Alfie Cox team in the super-production category, the team is run by former South African, Dakar legend Alfie Cox.

Nutall is one of six Australians to have entered his race category, having passed the examination stage where he had to prove his worth ‰ÛÒ 189 competitors are listed to compete in this class.

"For me a finish is the most important thing, especially seeing as it is the first time I have competed in the event," he told Pat Nolan at the Courier Mail.

In a race that often results in serious injuries and even death to competitors and spectators, Nuttall said he was well aware of the dangers that awaited him.

"Most of the time I'm fairly careful, but I've accepted that there are going to be times when I do come off.

"It does dawn on you that there is that dangerous aspect. If you are driving across thousands of kilometres of desert sand there is going to be a time when you come off."

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