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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 […]

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Peugeot to the fore, but Giniel leads overall

Just when most thought the Peugeot Dakar era was over following the factory team’s exit, French rally legend Sebastien Loeb driving a privately entered 2017 3008 DKR racer, delivered a crushing performance to win Tuesday’s second stage from the squabbling pack of Nani Roma’s Mini, Bernard Ten Brinke and Giniel de Villiers’ Toyotas and the […]

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EXCELLENT PERFORMANCE ON STAGE 2 SEES TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA’S DE VILLIERS/VON ZITZEWITZ TAKE THE LEAD OF DAKAR 2019

– Stage 2 brought major excitement early in the Dakar, thanks to a ding-dong battle amongst the leaders. In the end, however, it was Sebastien Loeb (Peugeot) who posted the fastest time, some 8 seconds faster than MINI’s Nani Roma. However, the biggest gains were made by Toyota Gazoo Racing SA’s Giniel de Villiers/Dirk von […]

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Walkner gives KTM their first stage win

Matthias Walkner, KTM, has won the second motorcycling stage by grabbing victory from the hands of Ricky Brabec in the last kilometres of the special, beating the American by 22 seconds after having ridden the entire special in the Honda rider’s wake. The title holder has thus sent out a strong message to his rivals. […]

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Nine-time World Rally champion Sebastien Loeb set the pace through the second stage of the 2019 Dakar Rally in Peru.

By: Valentin Khorounzhiy Loeb, contesting the race in a PH Sport-run 2017-spec Peugeot 3008 DKR, gradually pulled clear over the 342 timed kilometres on the run between Pisco and San Juan de Marcona – only to nearly lose the stage win in the final stretch. Ending up a mere eight seconds quicker than X-raid Mini driver […]

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De Villiers takes the lead

There is only one way to predict who the winner of the annual Dakar Rally Raid will be, and that is to wait until the fact lady finally sings. The second stage today between Pisco and San Juan de Marcona the included a 342 special showed that the Dakar is one of those events that […]

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SOLID START TO DAKAR 2019 FOR TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA

– It was a fantastic start to Dakar 2019, when Toyota Gazoo Racing SA’s three-Toyota Hilux team tackled the opening stage of the race on Monday, January 7th. Former race winners Nasser Al Attiyah and navigator Mathieu Baumel set the pace from the start, winning the opening stage by just shy of two minutes over […]

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Early leader Al-Attiyah ‘clear favourite’ at Dakar – Sainz

By: Andrew van Leeuwen Co-author: Sergio Lillo Carlos Sainz says early Dakar leader Nasser Al-Attiyah has emerged as a ‘clear favourite’ from the first 84 competitive kilometres of this year’s event.Al-Attiyah made light work of the opening stage of the 2019 Dakar, running second through the dunes behind Sainz before catching the Spaniard’s Mini Buggy with around […]

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Collectors’ day

Focus… Pisco is not only the city that has given its name to Pisco Sour, a cocktail that is the pride of the country as well as a source of many arguments and discussions with their Chilean neighbours about just who invented it. Since 2012 and the first visit of the Dakar, it has been […]

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Dakar 2019, Stage 1: Al-Attiyah sets initial pace

By: Valentin Khorounzhiy Toyota Gazoo Racing South Africa driver Nasser Al-Attiyah topped the opening stage of the 2019 Dakar Rally in Peru. The Qatari completed the dune-populated 84km timed stage near Pisco, which came after a lengthy road section that started at Peruvian capital Lima, in 1h1m41s. Al-Attiyah, a two-time Dakar winner whose most recent triumph […]

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FIM wants Dakar to be part of Cross-Country series

The new president of the FIM, the global motorcycling governing body, wants the Dakar Rally to become part of the Cross-Country Rallies World Championship from 2020. Jorge Viegas, who was elected last year to succeed Vito Ippolito as FIM President, has travelled to the Peruvian capital of Lima to hold talks with Dakar organising body ASO, […]

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Lima 2019 mascot visits Games ambassador at Dakar Rally

The Lima 2019 Pan American Games mascot will accompany Games ambassador and rally driver Nicolas Fuchs Sierlecki on his attempt to complete the Dakar Rally. Lima 2019 say the mascot, Milco, travelled to Pachacamac, 40 kilometres southeast of Lima, to meet Sierlecki and assess the car before the race in Peru. It is said the […]

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The high-speed action is now underway at the 2019 Dakar Rally

The high-speed action is now underway at the 2019 Dakar Rally. Following Sunday evening’s start podium in Lima, racing has commenced at the 41st edition of the world’s toughest race. There was a party atmosphere in Magdalena del Mar as all 334 vehicles and 541 competitors that will race the Dakar were waved off by thousands of […]

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 D-1: the heavyweights step into the ring

541 competitors and 334 vehicles —137 motorbikes, 26 quads, 130 cars (including 30 S×S) and 41 trucks— were cleared to start the 41st edition of the Dakar at the end of the technical and administrative scrutineering. Before the start of the race, the drivers, riders and crews will get a big send-off from the fans during the podium ceremony in Lima. The celebration […]

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Broken but not beaten, Price’s sights on second Dakar crown

The 41st edition of the Dakar Rally – an instalment that organisers promise “unparalleled intensity” – gets underway in Peru on Monday morning, with Australian off-road motorcyclist Toby Price determined to claim a second Dakar win.Less than a month ago, Price broke a bone in his right wrist. In a more conventional sport, the Gold […]

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Toyota “must achieve” first Dakar win in 2019

Toyota Gazoo Racing South Africa has to capitalise on the opportunity to claim a milestone first Dakar win for the Japanese marque in 2019, says team manager Glyn Hall. Toyota Hilux cars finished as best of the rest behind the dominant Peugeots in the past two editions of the Dakar, with Gazoo drivers Nasser Al-Attiyah […]

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Dakar 2019: Everything up in the air for the car race

The car category boasts the greatest field since 2015, with 130 vehicles —including about 30 S×S— expected to take the start in Lima on 7 January.  The X-Raid Team was dealt the best hand following the reshuffling of the elite deck since last January, with star signings such as 13-time Dakar champion Stéphane Peterhansel, Carlos […]

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Dakar — All systems go!

Peru’s dune epic starts Monday This Dakar preview is brought to you by Husqvarna Motorcycles SA, Shameer Variawa Racing and Red Lined Motoring Adventures.It’s all systems go for Dakar 2019 as crews gather in Lima in final preparation for the epic ten-day race through the dunes of Peru starting Monday 7 January 2019 with an […]