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The Kings of the dust

Racing Dakar Peru South America Adventure Dakar 2019 Dakar Rally Dust This year’s Dakar Rally with its duration of just 10 days looked like a walk in the park, especially when compared to the extra long 2018 edition that celebrated the 40th anniversary of the race with 14 racing days. The critics that year after year continue to make from this race their […]

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Desert dominance crowns champions in four categories at the 2019 Dakar Rally

After 10 stages across the dunes of Peru the best offroad racers in the world have emerged victorious at the 2019 Dakar Rally. It’s been a bumpy ride of over 5,500 kilometres at the planet’s toughest test of motorsports endurance. Now every competitor crossing the finish line is in the mood to celebrate – none more […]

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VICTORY!

PISCO, PERU – The final stage of Dakar 2019 drew to a close at the bivouac in Pisco, and saw Toyota Gazoo Racing SA’s Nasser Al Attiyah and Mathieu Baumel bring home their South African-built Toyota Hilux for an historic victory. Not only was it a first win for Toyota, but it was also the […]

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KTM’s Price takes second Dakar crown as Quintanilla falls

By: David Gruz Toby Price became the 2019 Dakar Rally champion in the bike category by topping Stage 10, as main rival Pablo Quintanilla suffered a fall while attempting to beat the Australian. Battling with a broken wrist he sustained while training before the event, Price became the first two-time champion to emerge since the rivalry […]

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Al-Attiyah seals Toyota’s first Dakar win

By: Valentin Khorounzhiy  Nasser Al-Attiyah has claimed a milestone first Dakar Rally win for Toyota in the 2019 edition of the race. Al-Attiyah, who previously won the Dakar with Volkswagen in 2011 and Mini four years after that, switched to driving a Toyota Hilux ahead of the 2017 race. He retired early from his first attempt […]

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2019 Dakar enters final straight with everything still on the line

(clockwise) Toby Price, Nasser Al-Attiyah, Chaleco Lopez and Eduard Nikolaev © Flavien Duhamel/Marcelo Maragni/Red Bull Content Pool There was a fair amount of chaos in the Peruvian dunes on the penultimate stage of the 2019 Dakar Rally. For many it was a final chance to claw back some serious time on their rivals. The soft sands […]

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CONSOLIDATION FOR TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA AS THE DAKAR BARES ITS TEETH

PISCO, PERU – Stage 9 of Dakar 2019 will long be remembered as a turning point in the race. If not for Toyota Gazoo Racing SA, then certainly for the crews trying to catch Nasser Al Attiyah and navigator Mathieu Baumel. The Toyota Hilux crew started the stage as the outright leaders, and aimed to […]

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Dakar 2019, Stage 9: Al-Attiyah on verge of victory

By: Valentin Khorounzhiy Dakar Rally leader Nasser Al-Attiyah set the pace in the penultimate stage of the 2019 marathon, edging ever closer to a milestone first victory for Toyota. The Qatari bagged his third stage win of the event on a day which caused major problems for Sebastien Loeb, Stephane Peterhansel and Cyril Despres – three […]

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Dakar 2019, Stage 9: Price takes one-minute lead into decider

By: Jamie Klein KTM’s Toby Price will take a lead of a little over a minute into the deciding stage of the Dakar Rally, after finishing Thursday’s stage just one second slower than chief rival Pablo Quintanilla.The penultimate stage of the Peru-based rally, a loop which started and ended at Pisco, featured a mass start format […]

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Peterhansel out of Dakar 2019 in penultimate stage

By: Valentin Khorounzhiy Dakar Rally’s 13-time champion Stephane Peterhansel has retired from the 2019 edition of the event after crashing on the penultimate stage.Peterhansel, who entered Wednesday’s test in fourth place overall, had an incident shortly after the start of the 312km test. His co-driver David Castera, who was teaming up with Peterhansel in place of […]

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Familiar faces rise up rankings as quality shows at 2019 Dakar

(clockwise) Sébastien Loeb, Sam Sunderland, Chaleco Lopez and Eduard Nikolaev © Flavien Duhamel/Marcelo Maragni/Red Bull Content Pool With proud records to protect at the Dakar Rally there was a growing sense of ‘now or never’ in the bivouac before stage eight. With the finish line fast approaching, big moves were required to upset the balance of the […]

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A STEADY STAGE FOR AL ATTIYAH; HEARTBREAK FOR TEN BRINKE

PISCO, PERU – It was a nail-biting affair when the crews tackled Stage 8 of the 2019 Dakar Rally, a 360 km-long test that saw the rally leave behind the fabled lines of Nazca and return to the coastal town of Pisco. For Toyota Gazoo Racing SA’s Nasser Al Attiyah (Qatar) and navigator Mathieu Baumel […]

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Dakar 2019, Stage 8: Brabec out, Price takes over lead

By: David Gruz Toby Price became the new leader of the bike class in the 2019 Dakar Rally despite Matthias Walkner beating him to win Tuesday’s eighth stage, as Ricky Brabec retired with an engine failure.Brabec had a 7m47s advantage as Stage 8 kicked off, but his Honda bike had an engine failure only 56 kilometres […]

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Peterhansel suffers whiplash during Dakar charge

By: Andrew van Leeuwen Stephane Peterhansel was left seeing stars after a nasty landing early in the seventh stage of the 2019 Dakar Rally.The Mini driver made decent headway on leader Nasser Al-Attiyah by winning today’s stage, as he moved back into second outright thanks to problems for Sebastian Loeb.   However it wasn’t a painless day […]

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The desert challenges keep on coming at the 2019 Dakar Rally

The desert challenges keep on coming at the 2019 Dakar Rally (clockwise) Stéphane Peterhansel, Sam Sunderland, Chaleco Lopez and Dmitry Sotnikov © Eric Vargiolu/DPPI/Marcelo Maragni/Red Bull Content Pool The first loop stage of the 2019 Dakar Rally had plenty of competitors going around in circles as they tried to find their way back to the bivouac in […]

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Al ATTIYAH/BAUMEL REMAIN IN CONTROL AT DAKAR 2019, WITH THREE STAGES TO GO

SAN JUAN DE MARCONA, PERU – Stage 7 of the world’s toughest automotive race, the Dakar Rally, promised to be the harshest of the 2019 edition – and it certainly didn’t disappoint. The Dakar truly bared its teeth with a 323 km-long test that saw MINI’s Stephane Peterhansel (France) close the gap to Toyota Gazoo […]

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Dakar 2019, Stage 7: Sunderland fastest, Brabec leads again

By: David Gruz Sam Sunderland bounced back from a difficult Sunday to top Stage 7 of the Dakar Rally and take second overall behind Ricky Brabec, who retook the bikes class lead.KTM rider Sunderland struggled with his rear brake in Stage 6 and was 23 minutes off the pace, but the 2017 champion dominated proceedings in […]

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Dakar 2019, Stage 7: Peterhansel fastest, setback for Loeb

  By: Valentin Khorounzhiy X-raid Mini driver Stephane Peterhansel headed the seventh stage of the 2019 Dakar Rally, reclaiming second place overall thanks to a technical issue for Sebastien Loeb.Loeb gave up over half an hour around 50km into the stage to fix an electrical fault, and while his pace was unmatched from then on, it […]

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Fernando Alonso Sets his Sights on a New Target

According to Motorsport.com, over the last two months Toyota has been planning for the eventuality that Fernando Alonso will decide to contest the Dakar Rally in future.Two-time Formula 1 world champion Alonso – who won the Le Mans 24 Hours with Toyota last June – is expected to test a Dakar-spec Hilux within the next month, after contesting the Rolex 24 at […]

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Dakar Stage 6: Stage Win Sees Pablo Quintanilla Take General Classification Lead

Claiming his first individual stage victory of the 2019 Dakar Rally, Pablo Quintanilla has retaken the lead of the event’s provisional overall standings. Monster Energy Honda Team’s Kevin Benavides followed Quintanilla in with just under a two minute deficit while the KTM duo of Matthias Walkner and Toby Price were a further 2 minutes back in third and fourth respectively. Leader of […]

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Dakar 2019, Stage 6: Loeb wins, Peterhansel struggles

By: Jamie Klein  Sebastien Loeb picked up his third stage win of the 2019 Dakar Rally as the event resumed on Sunday, while Nasser Al-Attiyah extended his advantage at the head of the field. It was Toyota driver Al-Attiyah that controlled the majority of the 310km Arequipa-San Juan de Marcona test, which was interrupted by a […]

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TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA’S AL ATTIYAH/BAUMEL EXTEND LEAD ON STAGE 6 OF DAKAR 2019

SAN JUAN DE MARCONA, PERU – Racing resumed on the Dakar Rally with Stage 6, which took place on Sunday, January 13th, and saw crews return to the bivouac at San Juan de Marcona via a 309 km stage and more than 500 km of liaison. The stage went according to plan for Toyota Gazoo […]

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Dakar convoy regroups on Rest Day before sandy second week

  (clockwise) Nasser Al-Attiyah, Sam Sunderland, Eduard Nikolaev and Chaleco Lopez © Marcelo Maragni/Flavien Duhamel/Red Bull Content Pool After five sensational stages in the sands of Peru the 2019 Dakar Rally has reached the midway point. Today’s Rest Day was a chance for competitors to take stock of the rally so far and prepare themselves for the […]

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Dakar truck driver excluded after collision with spectator

Former Dakar Rally winner Andrey Karginov, competing for Russia’s Kamaz team in the truck category, has been excluded from this year’s event in Peru for failing to stop after a collision with a spectator.Former Dakar Rally winner Andrey Karginov, competing for Russia’s Kamaz team in the truck category, has been excluded from this year’s event […]

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Marathon stage sets up stirring second week at 2019 Dakar Rally

The Arequipa bivouac welcomed back the 2019 Dakar Rally convoy today after a gruelling two-day marathon stage. Competitors across all five categories were left to fend for themselves last night before embarking on this perilous fifth stage. Those making it to the finish line today have earned themselves a Rest Day before the rally’s second week points […]

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MORE TIME GAINED BY AL ATTIYAH / BAUMEL AS DAKAR 2019 MARATHON SECTION CONCLUDES

Stage 5 of Dakar 2019 saw the crews return from the marathon bivouac at the town of Tacna, where they had to service and repair their own cars, to the bivouac in Arequipa. The massive stage saw Toyota Gazoo Racing SA’s Nasser Al Attiyah and navigator Mathieu Baumel post the second-fastest time on the day, […]

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Paraplegic rider learns about teamwork at Dakar

Speedcafe.com was on the spot to capture the aftermath of Dutto’s accidentThe true meaning of the word ‘team-mates’ was discovered just five kilometres into the 342km second stage of the Dakar Rally in Peru when paraplegic rider Nicola Dutto spectacularly crashed.Dutto was just ahead of his Offroad Adventure Crew teammates Pablo Toral and Julian Villarrubia […]

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DAKAR DICE OF THE GIANTS

Attiyah, Peterhansel & Loeb fight it out Thursday’s fourth stage Dakar race was always going to be one of cat and mouse with the 405km stage being the first half of the 2-day marathon stage with no service assistance at the split bivouacs for cars at Takna and for bikes in Moquegua in Peru that […]

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Nasser Al-Attiyah nabs another stage win, stretching overall lead.

The marathon stage four of the Dakar Rally kicked off today from Arequipa to Tacna with 663km of liaison followed by 405km of racing. The battle of the cars heats up between Al-Attiyah and Peterhansel, while Walkner’s fate is shrouded in doubt after an injury. Here’s all you need to know: -In the car category, […]

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Dakar 2019, Stage 4: Al-Attiyah extends lead

By: Valentin Khorounzhiy Dakar Rally 2019 leader Nasser Al-Attiyah extended his advantage over the chasing pack by topping the event’s fourth stage, running from Arequipa to Tacna. The Toyota driver was quickest over the 406-kilometre timed special, the longest of the rally thus far, split in two parts by a 55-kilometre neutralised zone. The stage marked […]

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Sainz blames “disaster” Dakar roadbook for accident

Defending Dakar Rally champion Carlos Sainz has branded the roadbook of the 2019 edition “a disaster” after his costly accident on the third stage.Sainz, who was sixth heading into Wednesday’s 331km test but trailed the marathon leader by less than three minutes, says he came up on an unsighted ditch in the early kilometres of the stage. […]

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TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA’S AL ATTIYAH / BAUMEL TAKES THE LEAD IN PERU

The Dakar Rally is known for the twists and turns it dishes up every year, and Stage 3 of the 2019 event delivered its fair share. On the positive side, Toyota Gazoo Racing SA’s Nasser Al Attiyah and navigator Mathieu Baumel drove a near-perfect stage to post the second-fastest time on the day, and take […]

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Big players fall away on mountainous third stage of 2019 Dakar Rally

The gruelling route of the 2019 Dakar Rally showed its teeth on stage three as it removed race leaders from the contest. A heady mix of dunes, mountain plateaus and roadbook confusion was too much to take for some of rally-raids biggest names as leaderboards across all categories suffered a major shakeup. Carlos SainzIn the car class […]

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Dakar 2019, Stage 3: Peterhansel fastest, disaster for Sainz, Al-Attiyah takes lead

By: Jamie Klein Stephane Peterhansel secured his first stage win of the 2019 Dakar Rally on Wednesday, while the victory hopes of his X-raid Mini teammate Carlos Sainz were practically dashed.Recovering from dropping 20 minutes on Tuesday after making a ‘rookie error’, 13-time Dakar champion Peterhansel took command of Wednesday’s 331km San Juan de Marcona-Arequipa stage virtually from […]

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Dakar 2019, Stage 3: De Soultrait wins as leaders suffer

By: Jamie Klein Yamaha rider Xavier de Soultrait scored his first career Dakar Rally stage win on Wednesday, as several big names hitting trouble prompted a reshuffle of the overall leaderboard. Overnight leader Joan Barreda was forced out of the rally altogether as the Honda rider became stuck 143km into the 331km San Juan de Marcona-Arequipa stage.Not […]

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Al-Attiyah confirms Alonso wants Dakar Toyota test

By: Sergio Lillo Co-author: Charles Bradley  Dakar Rally star Nasser Al-Attiyah has confirmed that he has spoken with Fernando Alonso about the possibility of the Spaniard testing his Toyota Hilux in Qatar in February. Alonso suggested in a recent video recording with Spanish TV presenter and rally-raid competitor Jesus Calleja that he would like to test the […]

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Dakar Rally 2019: Toby Price’s hopes of repeating 2016 result hinge on wrist injury

Former Dakar Rally champion Toby Price has admitted his hopes of repeating his 2016 heroics rely on how his fractured wrist holds up over the coming days.The Australian was feeling pain in the right wrist following the short Stage One of the Dakar Rally in Peru on Tuesday and received treatment on it, despite defiant […]

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Sparks fly on sensational second stage at 2019 Dakar Rally

After Monday’s quick taste of the dunes, things got serious on stage two of the 2019 Dakar Rally with a race route of 350 kilometres laid out for the competitors. The challenging route created drama all the way as former winners were caught out by the shifting sands and newcomers pounced to take advantage of any slip […]