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WRC : Advantage Ogier in Monte-Carlo

The Frenchman’s rivalry heats up with Neuville as the C3 edges ahead. Sébastien Ogier held a slender lead in his quest for a sixth consecutive Rally Monte-Carlo victory after a captivating duel in the French Alps on Friday. The world champion, driving a Citroën C3 for the first time, ended the second leg of the FIA World Rally Championship’s season ...

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WRC : Rallye Monte-Carlo – Shakedown Highlights

Kris Meeke, the Toyota Gazoo Racing Yaris World Rally Car driver edged world champion Sébastien Ogier by a tenth of a second in the 3.35km Gap test. New signings were to the fore as Ogier’s fellow Citroën C3 newcomer, Esapekka Lappi, completed the top three a further 0.4sec behind. “My objective was just to get back into it. I’ve only ...

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Dakar : Price tops a KTM podium

Leading the overall standings by just over one minute going into Thursday’s 10th and final stage, Toby Price had no choice but to give his all on the day’s short 112-kilometre timed special. With competitors setting off in the reverse order to that of their position in the overall standings, Price was the very last motorcycle rider to enter the stage. ...

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Dakar : Price leads Quintanilla into Final Day

Stage nine of the rally saw another motocross style mass-start with riders setting off in waves of 10, determined by their finishing positions from the previous day’s stage. Heading into the dunes for the 313-kilometre timed special, the first group of riders stuck together for the majority of the stage. Although it was in fact two riders from the second ...

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Dakar : Walkner wins Stage, Price Leads Overall, Brabec Out

Dubbed the ‘Super Ica’, stage eight pitted the fastest 10 bikes, 10 cars and the top five trucks from the previous day together, setting off at three-minute intervals according to their stage seven results. At 360 kilometres, the timed special was the longest of the event and took competitors over fast, open pistes for the first half, before once again ...

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Dakar : Sunderland Wins Stage 7, Brabec Leads

With a short liaison of only 64 kilometres, stage seven of the 2019 Dakar Rally was all about the 323-kilometre timed special. The day’s racing was delayed and also halted momentarily midway through, due to fog causing safety issues for the competitors. The first looped stage of the event, riders covered terrain already used in the rally close to the ...

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Dakar : Quintanilla regains the Lead

Pablo Quintanilla recharged during the rest day in Arequipa and scored a double whammy on the road to San Juan de Marcona. The Husqvarna rider attacked from the get-go and claimed his first stage win since the start in Lima after a nail-biting duel with Kevin Benavides. It was also good enough for him to seize the overall lead from ...

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Dakar : Sunderland wins Stage 5

The second half of the two-day marathon stage started with a motocross-style mass start on the beach. Riders set off in groups of 10 according to their finishing positions from the previous day’s stage four, each group split by five minutes. From the beach, competitors headed into the Ilo dunes for the remainder of the 345-kilometre timed special. With a ...

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Dakar : Walkner Wins Stage Two

Stage two of the 2019 Dakar Rally challenged all motorcycle competitors with an extremely fast, and rough, timed special of 342 kilometres. Leaving Pisco and heading south along the coast towards San Juan de Marcona the unusual stage saw the cars opening the route, leaving the bikes to deal with the many tracks ahead of them in the sand. The ...

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Dakar : Barreda strikes first

The first special of this Dakar was won by a rampant Joan Barreda in Adrenarena de Paracas, near Pisco. Day one, en route from the Peruvian capital Lima to the bivouac located around the city of Pisco, consisted of a total of 332 kilometres of stage, with only 84 km against the clock was enough to set up the first ...

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Dakar 2019 : Ready for Action

A shakedown test on Friday saw teams carry out final adjustments to their machines, as riders reacquainted themselves with the soft sandy terrain in Peru. A series of briefings, scrutineering and administrative checks over the next couple of days lead up to the ceremonial start on Sunday evening. On Monday January 7, the 41st edition of the rally kicks off ...

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Dakar 2019 : Preview

The 2019 Dakar Rally is just over a week away and we take a look at what the top factory riders had to say ahead of the gruelling race, based solely in Peru and covering more than 5000km over 10 stages from January 6th-17th. Will KTM be able to extend their win streak to 18 in a row? Or will ...

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José Ignacio Cornejo : Son of the Sands

The forthcoming 2019 Dakar will be a very special one for José Ignacio Cornejo. ‘Nacho’ gets to participate in the world’s toughest rally for the first time as an official HRC factory rider with Monster Energy Honda Team, a squad with whom the rider has previously ridden. The rally – run in its entirety in the sand and dunes of ...

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Dakar Rally Fast Facts

With the start of the 2019 Dakar Rally growing closer and closer, we take a look at 10 things you probably didn’t know about the world’s toughest cross-country rally. From the fuel used by the bikes on the long, arduous days to what the riders do when it comes to bathroom breaks when out in the desert … KTM 450 ...

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Rally : Up Front with Red Bull KTM – Part Four

In this series we go beyond the racing and training to find out more about the KTM Dakar rally team. With 17 consecutive wins to their name, the pressure is on the current riders to maintain this victorious streak. Rally Morocco is the final lead up to Dakar for riders to get another chance to examine their bikes before the ...

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Marc Coma : Dakar 2019 and beyond

The 2019 Dakar Rally will be the shortest in the event’s history, taking place in just Peru, but five-time winner Marc Coma doesn’t think that’s a bad thing at all. The 2019 Dakar Rally is just around the corner, which means that news about one of motorsports’ best-loved events is coming thick and fast. Carlos Sainz has announced he’ll be ...

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