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THE DAKAR RALLY COULD IMPOSE SPEED LIMITS FOR MOTORCYCLES

The 2021 Dakar Rally motorcycles could be restricted for both speed and power in a quest for safety THE organisers of the Dakar Rally are discussing with the FIM as to whether the future running of the Dakar Rally could see bikes imposed with both power and speed restrictions. The changes have been put on […]

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This Insane Off-Road Porsche 911 Is Proof of an Awesome New Trend

In the novel Goldfinger, James Bond creator Ian Fleming laid down a phrase that’s quoted to this day: “Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. The third time it’s enemy action.” Well, we’d be hard-pressed to say that three off-road custom Porsche 911s to surface within the span of a couple weeks is a sign of […]

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2WD cars could be out of top Dakar class after FIA ruling

The FIA Cross-Country Commission has announced that four-wheel drive cars will form the top category of major international cross-country rallies from 2023. The new ruling is likely to affect the Dakar Rally, which usually follows the regulations of the FIA but also has its own set of guidelines. A consensus to prioritise four-wheel drive vehicles […]

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Measures to reduce motorbike fatalities to be tested ahead of Dakar

 Measures to reduce the number of accidents and increase safety in motorcycle rally events will be tested after a meeting between the Dakar Rally organisers and motorcycling’s governing body FIM. Paulo Goncalves The latest Dakar rally saw two fatalities with motorcyclists Paulo Goncalves of Portugal and Edwin Straver of the Netherlands both dying following accidents […]

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Dakar Rally winner Carlos Sainz is ready to race for more rally raid titles

Carlos Sainz’s 2020 Dakar Rally victory at the wheel of a MINI X⁠-Raid was a masterclass. The Spanish driver led from the front at the world’s toughest rally raid on unchartered and unforgiving desert terrain to claim a hat-trick of Dakar Rally wins. The 42nd edition of the Dakar Rally took place in Saudi Arabia for the […]

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PRODRIVE AND MUMTALAKAT JOIN FORCES FOR DAKAR 2021 BID

Prodrive has established a new company Prodrive International as they go into partnership with the Bahrain Mumtalakat Holding Company to introduce a brand new team and car for the Dakar 2021 season. Prodrive has had a successful history in rally and circuit racing over the past decades with in-house built championship-winning cars, they will now further expand by introducing a […]

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‘I was relieved Alonso didn’t win Dakar’

IndyCar driver Alexander Rossi admitted he was “relieved” Fernando Alonso didn’t win the Dakar Rally on his first try, as it shows even the most talented drivers in the world cannot jump from one racing class to another and win without any experience. Like Alonso, Rossi has been a busy man dabbling in many racing classes, […]

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Alonso: “If I decide to enter the Dakar again, it would be with high expectations”

Fernando Alonso’s participation in the Dakar Rally might have ended with an underwhelming 13th place finish but the Spaniard has insisted he’s happy with his performance, refusing to comment on any future place at the event. The 2019 Dakar Rally was held in Saudi Arabia and won by Carlos Sainz Sr, the father of F1 […]

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SOUTH AFRICANS STAR AT DAKAR

Drivers, riders teams & cars show how it is done While Dakar 2020 will ultimately be remembered for Carlos Sainz senior winning his third race in a third different make of car, Ricky Brabec taking his first bike win and Honda’s first since 1989 and also for the loss of the life of Dakar motorcycle […]

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Alonso, wanting to “regain ground” after the “stumble”

“Everything is well and prepared, looking forward to regaining ground.” That was the first message Alonso sent by ‘Instagram’ after completing the tenth stage with that turnaround that made him lose several pieces of his car and more than an hour. But he took it with philosophy, as evidenced by his smiling pose next to the Toyota. The same one […]

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Brabec clinches maiden Dakar title, Price on podium

Honda’s Ricky Brabec has won the Dakar Rally for the first time while Toby Price claimed a fifth podium in six attempts. Brabec’s margin of victory in the Bikes class is 16:26s after he finished second to Monster Energy Honda team-mate Jose Ignacio Cornejo Florimo on Stage 12 from Haradh to Qiddiya. The event leader […]

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Sainz wins 2020 Dakar Rally for X-raid Mini, Alonso 13th

  Carlos Sainz has secured this third Dakar Rally victory in the 2020 edition of the event, held in Saudi Arabia for the first time ever.Two-time world rally champion Sainz, father of McLaren Formula 1 driver Carlos Sainz Jr, finished 6m21s clear of reigning champion Nasser Al-Attiyah after 12 stages. Representing X-raid Mini in this […]

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Dakar 2020, Stage 11: Quintanilla cuts into Brabec’s lead

Quintanilla built up a one-minute advantage in the early part of the 379km Shubaytah-Haradh test, but was chased down rapidly by KTM rider Matthias Walkner, who assumed a narrow one-second lead at the 324km way point. But the Chilean rider fought back in the final stretch to the finish line, taking the stage victory by […]

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Peterhansel sneaks 11th stage win in Dakar rally

 Stephane Peterhansel snatched a dramatic 11th stage of the Dakar Rally on Thursday when he pipped Nasser Al-Attiyah to the line by just 10 seconds.Frenchman Peterhansel won his fourth stage of this year’s race in his Mini ahead of Toyota’s Al-Attiyah in Haradh, and finished more than eight minutes ahead of overall leader and teammate […]

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DAKAR’S DAY OF DRAMA

Sainz, Brabec in control after shortened stage Dakar 2020 has started to deliver its much-feared sting in the tail following a shortened stage 10 on Thursday that still delivered drama and then some on the road to Shubaytah. While the competitive stage was shortened to 223 of its intended 540km after gale force Arabian Desert […]

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Dakar 2020, Stage 10: Sainz takes commanding lead

X-raid Mini driver Carlos Sainz has taken a commanding lead in the 2020 edition of the Dakar Rally after topping the 10th stage, which was suspended before the halfway point. The Haradh – Shubaytah test was due to feature 534 kilometres of timed competition in the Rub’ Al Khali desert, but worsening weather conditions forced […]

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STAGE 10 OF 2020 DAKAR RALLY BROUGHT TO A HALT FOLLOWING NUMEROUS CRASHES

ge 10 was undoubtedly the most eventful of the 2020 Dakar. After a number of crashes, the event was brought to a standstill after 345km.  According to our sources on the ground, the total of six evacuation helicopters are all occupied and the organisers can’t risk another accident happening. Weather conditions are also deteriorating. Roman […]

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DAKAR ON A KNIFE’S EDGE

Dakar 2020 is developing into an absolute epic — not only did Mini star Stephane Peterhansel’s Mini buggy beat Toyota’s Nasser Al Attiyah to a sensational Day 9 win by all of 15 seconds, but Al Attiyah closed to just 24 seconds behind Carlos Sainz Sr.’s second Mini buggy at the top of the overall […]

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Dakar 2020, Stage 9: Al-Attiyah wipes out Sainz’s lead

The three frontrunners of the 2020 marathon benefitted from an advantageous position in the running order for the 476km Wadi ad-Dawasir – Haradh stage, following their respective low-key finishes on Monday. But whereas Peterhansel and Al-Attiyah took full advantage, clocking in first and second at nearly every waypoint, Sainz suffered a costly five-minute loss shortly […]

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Dakar debutant Fernando Alonso impresses to second in Stage 8

Two-time Formula One world champion Fernando Alonso recorded his best result of the Dakar Rally on Monday, finishing second behind Frenchman Mathieu Serradori on stage eight.The stage was shrouded in mourning after the death on Sunday of Portuguese rider Paulo Goncalves. The motorbike and quadbike categories were cancelled for the stage, a 477km loop incorporating […]

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2020 Dakar Rally speeds across the sands of Saudi Arabia on Stage 8

The 2020 Dakar Rally continued its relentless journey across Saudi Arabia on Stage 8 of the classic desert race. Leads came and went as competitors were forced to navigate a series of dunes amid spectacular scenery. It was another pulsating day of action in the car race with the leading trio even closer together after Stage […]

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Toyota “can’t compete” against Mini buggy’s speed

Toyota claims its Hilux 4×4 “can’t compete” with the X-raid-built Mini John Cooper Works Buggy on the Dakar Rally and that a rule change is needed to level the playing field between the two cars. At the halfway point of the first-ever Saudi Arabia-based edition of the legendary rally-raid, X-raid Mini driver Carlos Sainz Sr […]

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CENTURY BEATS ALONSO TO DAKAR GOLD

First win for SA team as lead fight tightens Standalone South African race car maker Century scored an upset at Dakar 2020 Saudi Arabia when Frenchman Mattieu Serradori stormed to a convincing maiden stage win for the team over double world Formula 1 champion Fernando Alonso and the might of Toyota and BMW-Mini aboard the […]

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Alonso felt “frozen” as Dakar competitors react to fatal crash

Goncalves, 40, was contesting his 13th Dakar for Indian manufacturer Hero, and was lying 46th overall as the rally resumed following Saturday’s rest day. During Sunday’s 546km Riyadh-Wadi Al Dawasir test, the Portuguese rider suffered a crash at the 276km mark at 10.16am local time. Fernando Alonso, the two-time Formula 1 world champion who is […]

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Motorcyclist Paulo Goncalves dies after crash in Saudi Arabia

Portuguese motorbike rider Paulo Goncalves has died after a crash during the Dakar Rally in Saudi Arabia. The 40-year-old suffered the fatal accident after 276 kilometres (171 miles) of the seventh stage. A statement from organisers said he was pronounced dead in hospital having earlier been found unconscious after suffering a cardiac arrest. “The entire […]

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RED-LINED THROUGH THE DESERT!

Another strong day for Dakar Nissan crews Red-Lined Motoring Adventures enjoyed another good day on the desert in Sunday’s longest 546km stage of Dakar Saudi Arabia 2020 from Riyadh along a varied route to Wadi Al Dawasir. The team’s two Nismo-V8-powered Navara V8s powered home to see both cars climbing up the overall order as […]

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BENAVIDES, SAINZ TAKE DAY 7

But Dakar is marred by a tragic news The 2020 Dakar Rally Saudi Arabia has been rocked by the tragic news that Portuguese rider Paulo Gonçalves succumbed to injuries sustained in a fall sustained 276 kilometres into today’s special stage. The organisers received an alert at 10:08 and dispatched a medical helicopter that reached the […]

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SAINZ, BRABEC CONTROL DAKAR

World’s toughest race gets to halfway mark Dakar 2020 reached its halfway point as the epic race stormed into Saudi Arabian capital Riyadh Friday evening, ahead of the traditional rest day there on Saturday as Carlos Sainz followed Mini teammate Stephane Peterhansel home to consolidate his overall car lead and Ricky Brabec extended his overall […]

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Peterhansel, Brabec score Dakar Stage 6 wins

Stephane Peterhansel took his second stage win of the Dakar Rally on Friday, completing the desert run from Ha’il to the Saudi capital of Riyadh 1m35s ahead of JCW X-Raid Mini teammate Carlos Sainz. The Spaniard retains a solid lead in the overall standings, however, 7m48s ahead of Toyota driver Nasser Al-Attiyah, who finished third […]

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2020 Dakar picks up pace over dunes of Saudi Arabia

Former champions both exited and returned to the 2020 Dakar Rally on a wild Stage 5 dominated by sandy terrain. With the Rest Day in Riyadh now just one day away, we’re witnessing world class offroaders assert their authority at the 42nd edition of the world’s toughest rally. A second consecutive stage win was achieved by […]

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DESERT MASTERS IN ACTION

Best Dakar day yet for Bell, McMurran Red-Lined Motoring Adventures’ pair of Nissan Navaras enjoyed a positive day in Dakar 2020’s fifth stage race to Ha’il on Thursday. British Sabertooth duo Thomas Bell and Patrick McMurren delivered their best Dakar day yet as they powered from second last to 33rd on the day, while South […]

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WHAT GOES AROUND…

Tough Dakar day ends up all smiles TreasuryOne Motorsport endured another difficult day in the desert as Hennie de Klerk and Johan Smalberger overcame several scares and challenges to bring their Red-Lined Nissan Navara home 44th on the day to end up 40th overall at the end of the fifth stage of the Saudi Arabian […]

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Fernando Alonso takes a sly dig at Lewis Hamilton over Dakar Rally

Earlier in 2019, 2-time F1 world champion Fernando Alonso announced that he would be participating in the prestigious Dakar Rally. However, the Spaniard insisted that his participation in the event is not a mere PR stunt, but a serious attempt to race in one of the most gruelling races. The Spaniard chose to step away […]

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Fernando Alonso loses more time as injured Sam Sunderland retires from Dakar

British motorcyclist Sam Sunderland has retired injured from the Dakar rally as Fernando Alonso lost more time in the car class. Sunderland, 30, was competing for KTM in the endurance event when he crashed, injuring his back and shoulder. He became the only Briton to win any class in the 42-year history of the Dakar rally […]