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Audi reveals details of electric Dakar powertrain

Audi Sport has offered insights into the powertrain it will employ in its electric Dakar Rally challenger that will make its debut next year.

The making of South America's first Dakar bikes champion

Kevin Benavides made Dakar Rally history on Friday by becoming the first South American rider to win the event on two wheels. This is the story of the Argentinian rider and his rise to the top.

Barreda runs out of fuel on penultimate Dakar stage Dakar
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Barreda runs out of fuel on penultimate Dakar stage

Honda rider Joan Barreda is out of the Dakar Rally after running out of fuel on Thursday's penultimate stage.

Dakar shortens penultimate stage due to bad weather

Stage 11 of the Dakar, the penultimate stage of the 2021 edition, has been shortened by 47 kilometres due to bad weather in the area.

Loeb retires from 2021 Dakar Rally after latest issue

Nine-time World Rally champion Sebastien Loeb has retired from the 2021 Dakar Rally after failing to make it to the finish in Monday’s Stage 8.

Price surprised to complete stage on damaged tyre Dakar
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Price surprised to complete stage on damaged tyre

KTM rider Toby Price admits he is surprised that his damaged rear tyre held together on Monday's eighth stage of the 2021 Dakar Rally.

Loeb stranded in stage after broken suspension arm Dakar
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Loeb stranded in stage after broken suspension arm

Sebastien Loeb’s hopes of a strong finish on his return to the Dakar Rally received a major blow on Friday when he broke a suspension arm on his Prodrive-built BRX1 contender.

Dakar stewards explain penalty which left Loeb furious Dakar
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Dakar stewards explain penalty which left Loeb furious

ASO has explained the reasoning behind the penalty handed to Sebastien Loeb in the 2021 Dakar Rally after the Frenchman labelled the stewards “incompetent” over their decision.

Loeb slams stewards over Dakar Rally speeding penalty Dakar
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Loeb slams stewards over Dakar Rally speeding penalty

Sebastien Loeb has reacted furiously to the speeding penalty given to him by stewards after Stage 4 of the 2021 Dakar Rally, saying “there is no room for incompetence or incompetents”.

Dakar to “change procedures” after water found in fuel Dakar
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Dakar to “change procedures” after water found in fuel

Dakar Rally organisers are set to “change procedures” after water contaminated the fuel supply given to the motorbike class on Monday, which resulted in the retirement of frontrunner Andrew Short.

How ASO managed to save the 2021 Dakar Rally Dakar
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How ASO managed to save the 2021 Dakar Rally

Ensuring the 2021 Dakar Rally goes ahead in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic has been anything but straightforward. Organiser ASO explains how it managed to work within the strict confines of host country Saudi Arabia's coronavirus measures.

Dakar bike stars hit out at "dangerous" new tyre rules
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Dakar bike stars hit out at "dangerous" new tyre rules

Some of the Dakar Rally's leading motorcycle riders have hit out at new regulations for the 2021 edition limiting the number of rear tyres at each competitor's disposal to improve safety.

Barreda: Dakar 2021 could be my last on two wheels

Honda rider Joan Barreda admits that the 2021 edition of the Dakar Rally could mark his final participation in the event on a motorcycle.

Why Sebastien Loeb has joined forces with an old enemy for Dakar

Sebastien Loeb remains as committed as ever after 19 years at the top level. Since returning part-time with Citroen to the World Rally Championship in 2018 and continuing in a third Hyundai for the past two seasons, the nine-time champion has managed to add a victory and a further two podiums to his tally.

Dakar releases details of 2021 Saudi Arabia route

The Dakar Rally has released details of the route for the 2021 edition, featuring nearly 5,000 competitive kilometres divided into 12 stages.

Loeb "confident" for Dakar after first desert testing

Sebastien Loeb believes the Bahrain Raid Xtreme squad "will do something quite good" in January's Dakar Rally following his first desert test in the team's Prodrive-built car.

Dakar 2021 participation set to be the lowest in 25 years

The 2021 Dakar Rally is set to feature the lowest participation of the last 25 editions as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the provisional entry list published by organiser Amaury Sport Organisation.

Loeb, Roma complete first BRX test ahead of Dakar

The Bahrain Raid Xtreme team has completed its first test with its 2021 Dakar Rally challenger with drivers Sebastien Loeb and Nani Roma.

Al-Attiyah wins Dakar warm-up event in Andalusia

Toyota driver Nasser Al-Attiyah beat Carlos Sainz to victory in the Andalusia Rally, the main warm-up event for next January's Dakar Rally.

Loeb set for Dakar return with Prodrive-run Bahrain team

Sebastien Loeb is set to compete in the 2021 Dakar Rally with the Prodrive-run Bahrain Raid Xtreme team, has learned.

Roma joins Prodrive-run Bahrain squad for Dakar

The new Prodrive-run Bahrain Raid Xtreme Team has announced Nani Roma as its first driver for the 2021 Dakar Rally.

Peterhansel gives up on husband-wife Dakar dream

Dakar Rally legend Stephane Peterhansel has abandoned ambitions of contesting the rally-raid with his wife as his co-driver next year.

Morocco Rally cancelled, replaced by Andalusian event

The 2020 edition of the Morocco Rally has been cancelled due to the rapid spread of coronavirus in Africa, organiser and Dakar Rally director David Castera has announced.

Juncadella gets Mercedes FE reserve role for Berlin

Daniel Juncadella will be the reserve driver for the Mercedes Formula E team for the last six races of the 2019/20 season in Berlin.

Dakar reveals 2021 route, no new countries added

The ASO has announced that the Dakar Rally will run entirely in Saudi Arabia for a second successive year in 2021, but on a route that is “100 percent new” compared to last year's.

Dakar may shelve plans to add more 2021 countries

The Dakar Rally could be forced to shelve plans to add extra countries to its route for its 2021 running as a result of the global coronavirus pandemic.

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.

Ickx convinced Alonso can win Dakar in future

Jacky Ickx believes Fernando Alonso has the talent to eventually win the Dakar Rally, following the two-time Formula 1 champion's first outing in the legendary off-road event.

Dakar enters talks to add second country for 2021

Dakar Rally organiser ASO says it is ramping up efforts to expand the event beyond Saudi Arabia's borders in 2021.

Dakar's final stage shortened to 166km

The final stage of the Dakar Rally on Friday will be shortened due to the construction of gas pipelines in the planned route.

Goncalves' team Hero withdraws from Dakar Dakar
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Goncalves' team Hero withdraws from Dakar

Indian manufacturer Hero has pulled out of the Dakar Rally following the death of its star rider Paulo Goncalves in Sunday’s seventh stage.

Veteran rider Goncalves dies in Dakar accident

Veteran Dakar Rally rider Paulo Goncalves has passed away following a crash on Sunday's seventh stage of the 2020 event in Saudi Arabia.

Toyota "can't compete" against Mini buggy's speed

Toyota claims its Hilux 4x4 "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.

Dakar hoping to avoid roadbook "lottery" in 2020

Dakar Rally director David Castera says the event is aiming to avoid a navigation "lottery" this year following criticism of the roadbook last year.

Dakar Rally cracks down on navigation cheating for 2020

The organisers of the Dakar Rally have taken measures to crack down on illegal navigational aids and practices ahead of the 2020 edition of the marathon.

Despres gets Dakar 2020 Red Bull call-up

Five-time Dakar Rally winner Cyril Despres will enter the 2020 edition of the marathon as part of the Red Bull Off-Road outfit.

Sainz: Mini buggy is ready to take fight to Toyota

Carlos Sainz Sr is confident the X-raid Mini squad can take the fight to Toyota in its third Dakar outing with its two-wheel drive John Cooper Works Buggy.

Dakar Rally director tips Alonso to win a stage
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Dakar Rally director tips Alonso to win a stage

Dakar Rally director David Castera has predicted that Fernando Alonso will win a stage in his first attempt at the legendary rally raid next month.

Skoda axes works WRC2 team after "losing great drivers"

Skoda will not run a factory team in WRC2 next season, and the Czech manufacturer says losing Kalle Rovanpera was a key factor in the decision.

Red Bull junior programme expands into Dakar

Red Bull will field a host of young drivers in the 2020 Dakar Rally as part of its motorsport junior programme's expansion to rally raids.

Alonso completes final Dakar test in Abu Dhabi

Fernando Alonso has completed the final test for his assault on the 2020 Dakar Rally, covering 600km in the Abu Dhabi dunes.

Alonso confirmed for Dakar assault with Toyota

Toyota has confirmed that two-time Formula 1 champion Fernando Alonso will be part of its factory assault on the Dakar Rally next January.

Morocco Rally: De Villiers wins, Alonso 27th

Giniel de Villiers has won the 2019 edition of the Morocco Rally, after Carlos Sainz’s bid to topple the Toyota driver faltered in the final stage on Wednesday.

Morocco Rally: Sainz tops Stage 4, de Villiers takes lead

Two-time World Rally champion Carlos Sainz won the penultimate stage of the Morocco Rally on Tuesday, as Giniel de Villiers took advantage of Nasser Al-Attiyah’s troubles to surge into the overall lead.

Morocco Rally: Sainz wins Stage 3, Al-Attiyah retains lead

Two-time World Rally champion Carlos Sainz won the third stage of Morocco Rally on Monday, while Nasser Al-Attiyah finished second to retain the overall lead.

Morocco Rally: Al-Attiyah leads, Alonso inside top 10

Nasser Al-Attiyah continues to lead the Morocco Rally after Stage 2, while Toyota stablemate Fernando Alonso recovered from Saturday’s punctures to propel himself inside the top 10.

Morocco Rally: Al-Attiyah tops Stage 1, rocky start for Alonso

Nasser Al-Attiyah holds the top spot in the Morocco Rally after the conclusion of the first stage on Saturday, as Fernando Alonso’s first true cross-country rally got off to a rocky start.

Sainz recommits to X-raid for 2020 Dakar

Carlos Sainz Sr will remain with the X-raid Mini squad in his quest to earn a third Dakar Rally title next January in Saudi Arabia.

Two-time Dakar winner Roma joins Borgward for 2020 race

German SUV manufacturer Borgward has drafted in two-time Dakar Rally winner Nani Roma for the 2020 edition of the race.

Alonso continues Dakar 2020 preparations in Poland

Fernando Alonso completed another two-day test with the Toyota Hilux on roads used in last weekend's Baja Poland, as his preparations for the 2020 Dakar Rally continue.

Alonso: "Shocking" to climb dunes for first time

Two-time Formula 1 champion Fernando Alonso says climbing the Namibia dunes for the first time with the Toyota Hilux was “shocking”, as his preparation for a potential Dakar debut in 2020 began in earnest.

Alonso begins Dakar 2020 preparations with Toyota

Fernando Alonso and Toyota Gazoo Racing have unveiled the first stages of the preparation programme for the two-time Formula 1 world champion's planned Dakar Rally debut in 2020.

Dakar hopes to expand beyond Saudi Arabia in 2021

Dakar Rally director David Castera says he hopes to sign up other countries to share hosting duties with Saudi Arabia for the 2021 edition of the legendary off-road event.

Dakar reveals details of 2020 Saudi Arabia route

The route for the 2020 Dakar Rally, the first edition of the legendary rally-raid to be held in Saudi Arabia, has been revealed.

Dakar confirms move to Saudi Arabia for 2020

The Dakar Rally has confirmed that the 2020 edition of the legendary rally-raid will take place in Saudi Arabia, as previously reported by

Merzouga Rally: Al-Attiyah and van Beveren complete victories Merzouga Rally
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Merzouga Rally: Al-Attiyah and van Beveren complete victories

Nasser Al-Attiyah and Adrien van Beveren confirmed their overall victories in SxS and bikes respectively on the Merzouga Rally in Morocco.

Merzouga Rally: Hinojo inflicts first defeat on Al-Attiyah

For the first time in Morocco’s Merzouga Rally, Dakar winner Nasser Al-Attiyah did not win a stage and Spaniards Jose Antonio Hinojo and Javier Blanco prevailed on stage four.

Dakar signs five-year agreement with Saudi Arabia

The Dakar Rally will leave South America to start a new era in the Middle East in 2020 after signing a five-year deal with Saudi Arabia.

Merzouga Rally: Van Beveren extends lead as Metge blows engine

Adrien Van Beveren (Yamaha) extended his lead in the Merzouga Rally after his nearest rival, Michael Metge, broke the engine of his Sherco TVS on stage three of the Moroccan event.

Merzouga Rally: Van Beveren, Al-Attiyah win opening stage

Yamaha's works rider Adrien Van Beveren set the fastest time on the opening stage of the 2019 Merzouga Rally, while Dakar winner Nasser Al-Attiyah prevailed in the SxS class.