Photos: Francisco Lopez, an Aprilia RXV450 and the Chilean desert

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These images come to us from Copiapo, Chile where Francisco Lopez is performing some final testing ahead of the 2012 Dakar aboard his Aprilia RXV450 Tuareg. Lopez finished the grueling 5,000km rally in 4th last year and 3rd in 2010.

Photos: Alfredo Escobar