Countdown to Dakar: 2017 Dakar Rally contenders (VIDEO)

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The 2017 Dakar Rally starts on January 2, and with it, so too does the next season of motorsports coverage for the NBC Sports Group.

Above is a look at some of the potential contenders for this year’s rally. Americans Bryce Menzies in autos and Ricky Brabec in bikes are among the notables, while Joan Barreda Bort and Paulo Goncalves also are set to figure in the mix.

Daily next-day coverage runs from January 3 to 15 on NBCSN, with the race itself on January 2 to 14.