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05 Jan - 17 Jan
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Brabec's journey from rough diamond to Dakar champion

In five years, Honda rider Ricky Brabec has gone from a Baja rider little-known outside of his native California to America's first Dakar Rally winner. We spoke to the man who oversaw this remarkable transformation.

Sainz proud to have surmounted Mini "handicap"

Dakar Rally winner Carlos Sainz Sr says he is "proud" that he managed to overcome the "handicap" that his X-raid Mini faced relative to Toyota.

KTM: Seeing Dakar streak snapped was "painful"

KTM rally team manager Jordi Viladoms admits seeing the Austrian marque's 18-year winning streak on the Dakar Rally come to an end this year was a "painful" experience.

Al-Attiyah: Dakar 2020 regs were "not fair"

Toyota driver Nasser Al-Attiyah believes the current Dakar Rally regulations are "not fair" towards four-wheel-drive cars, and expects the balance to be addressed for 2021.

Currie takes 2020 Dakar SxS title

American driver Casey Currie has prevailed in the SxS class of the 2020 Dakar Rally, winning the marathon on his second attempt.

Kamaz scores Dakar 1-2 led by Karginov

Russian truck manufacturer Kamaz celebrated its 17th Dakar Rally victory in 2020, as Andrey Karginov became a two-time champion of the event.

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

Carlos Sainz has secured his third Dakar Rally victory in the 2020 edition of the event, held in Saudi Arabia for the first time ever.

Casale seals dominant third Dakar quad title

Ignacio Casale took his third Dakar Rally title in the quad class on his return to the category as rookie Arkadiusz Lindner took his maiden stage win.

Brabec wins Dakar 2020 as Honda ends KTM's streak Dakar
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Brabec wins Dakar 2020 as Honda ends KTM's streak

Ricky Brabec has taken Honda's first Dakar Rally title since 1989, ending KTM's streak of 18 consecutive wins in the bike category.

Al-Attiyah, Peterhansel concede defeat to Sainz Dakar
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Al-Attiyah, Peterhansel concede defeat to Sainz

Nasser Al-Attiyah and Stephane Peterhansel have conceded defeat in the 2020 Dakar Rally victory battle ahead of the final stage, with Peterhansel having "his fingers crossed" for his teammate Carlos Sainz.

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.

Dakar 2020, Stage 11: Sainz's lead reduced ahead of finale Dakar
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Dakar 2020, Stage 11: Sainz's lead reduced ahead of finale

Stephane Peterhansel set the pace in the penultimate stage of the 2020 Dakar Rally, but X-raid Mini stablemate Carlos Sainz retains a healthy if reduced lead ahead of the marathon's finale.

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

Husqvarna’s Pablo Quintanilla nearly halved the deficit to long-time Dakar Rally leader Ricky Brabec with victory in the penultimate stage of the rally-raid on Thursday.

Alonso defiant over stage win chase after double roll Dakar
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Alonso defiant over stage win chase after double roll

Fernando Alonso says he has no regrets over forgoing a cautious finish to the 2020 Dakar Rally, after a roll on Wednesday likely cost him a top-10 result.

Dakar 2020, Stage 10: Sainz takes commanding lead Dakar
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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.

Dakar 2020, Stage 10: Barreda tops shortened day Dakar
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Dakar 2020, Stage 10: Barreda tops shortened day

Honda rider Joan Barreda led Ricky Brabec in Stage 10 of the Dakar Rally, which was shortened due to weather conditions.

Alonso rolls Toyota on 10th Dakar stage Dakar
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Alonso rolls Toyota on 10th Dakar stage

Fernando Alonso's Toyota Hilux has been damaged in a double rollover during the 10th stage of the Dakar Rally.

Toyota: Dakar Mini duel "much bigger" than expected Dakar
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Toyota: Dakar Mini duel "much bigger" than expected

Toyota Gazoo Racing team boss Glyn Hall says he and his driver Nasser Al-Attiyah have “a much bigger fight” on their hands against X-raid Mini in the 2020 Dakar Rally than they had expected before the marathon.

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

X-raid Mini driver Stephane Peterhansel recorded his third stage win of the 2020 Dakar Rally, as Nasser Al-Attiyah closed in on rally leader Carlos Sainz.

Dakar 2020, Stage 9: Quintanilla quickest from Price Dakar
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Dakar 2020, Stage 9: Quintanilla quickest from Price

Pablo Quintanilla took his and Husqvarna's first stage win of the 2020 Dakar Rally as overall leader Ricky Brabec gave up fewer than four minutes of his advantage.

Alonso has "exceeded all kinds of goals" in first Dakar

Fernando Alonso says he has already "exceeded all kinds of personal goals" for his first Dakar Rally, after taking second place in the eighth stage of the marathon.

Price recounts ‘longest eight minutes’ aiding Goncalves Dakar
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Price recounts ‘longest eight minutes’ aiding Goncalves

KTM rider Toby Price says the eight minutes he spent waiting for the medical helicopter to arrive at the scene of Paulo Goncalves’ fatal Dakar Rally crash were the “longest of my life".

Dakar 2020, Stage 8: Serradori beats Alonso to maiden win Dakar
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Dakar 2020, Stage 8: Serradori beats Alonso to maiden win

Mathieu Serradori edged Fernando Alonso to top the eighth stage of the 2020 Dakar Rally, amid a low-key showing for the marathon's leading contenders.

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.

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

Competitors in the Dakar Rally have given their reactions to the death of veteran bike rider Paulo Goncalves, who passed away following a crash on Sunday’s seventh stage of the Saudi Arabian endurance event.

Benavides awarded win after stopping for Goncalves

Kevin Benavides has been awarded victory on the seventh stage of the Dakar Rally after stopping to assist Paulo Goncalves following the Portuguese rider's fatal crash.

Dakar 2020, Stage 7: Sainz tops longest test Dakar
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Dakar 2020, Stage 7: Sainz tops longest test

X-raid Mini driver Carlos Sainz has scored his third stage win of the 2020 Dakar Rally to further extend his advantage in the general classification.

Dakar 2020, Stage 7: Barreda scores first victory

Honda rider Joan Barreda picked up his first stage win of the 2020 Dakar Rally as action resumed after the rest day on Sunday, while Ricky Brabec maintained a comfortable lead.

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.

Peterhansel: Dakar has recaptured "spirit of Africa"

Dakar Rally legend Stephane Peterhansel believes the event's move to Saudi Arabia for 2020 has allowed it to recapture the “spirit of Africa”.

Brabec "riding my butt off" to get revenge for Dakar '19

Ricky Brabec says he has been “riding my butt off” in the 2020 Dakar Rally to get revenge for a heartbreaking retirement in last year’s marathon.

Al-Attiyah wants Button to join Alonso in future Dakar

Reigning Dakar Rally champion Nasser Al-Attiyah believes rookie Fernando Alonso has proven competitive enough to return to the race in the future, and hopes he is joined by fellow ex-Formula 1 drivers like Jenson Button.

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.

Honda has "much better cards" for Dakar win than KTM

Matthias Walkner believes Honda has “much better cards” for the second half of the Dakar Rally than KTM following its impressive start to the 2020 event.

Dakar 2020, Stage 6: Sainz increases lead further Dakar
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Dakar 2020, Stage 6: Sainz increases lead further

Stephane Peterhansel has scored X-raid Mini's fourth consecutive stage win of the 2020 Dakar Rally, while Carlos Sainz heads into the rest day as the marathon leader.

Dakar 2020, Stage 6: Brabec extends lead, Price drops back Dakar
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Dakar 2020, Stage 6: Brabec extends lead, Price drops back

Honda rider Ricky Brabec completed the first half of the 2020 Dakar Rally with a second stage win and an advantage of more than 20 minutes overall, as Toby Price hit trouble.

Ken Block to drive XE prototype on final Dakar stage

Off-road star Ken Block will sample the Extreme E Odyssey 21 prototype on the final stage of the 2020 Dakar Rally.

Dakar 2020, Stage 5: Sainz, Despres take stage wins Dakar
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Dakar 2020, Stage 5: Sainz, Despres take stage wins

Carlos Sainz became the first repeat winner of this year's Dakar Rally as he beat Nasser Al-Attiyah to extend his advantage overall to just under six minutes.

Dakar 2020, Stage 5: Price fastest, Sunderland crashes out Dakar
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Dakar 2020, Stage 5: Price fastest, Sunderland crashes out

Toby Price became the first double stage winner of the bike class in the 2020 Dakar Rally as his KTM teammate Sam Sunderland crashed out of the event.

Sunderland penalty gifts Cornejo maiden stage win

Sam Sunderland lost his Stage 4 victory of the Dakar Rally as a result of a five-minute penalty he received for exceeding speed limits.

Dakar 2020, Stage 4: Peterhansel fastest, Sainz's lead halved Dakar
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Dakar 2020, Stage 4: Peterhansel fastest, Sainz's lead halved

Stephane Peterhansel became the fourth different driver to top a stage in the 2020 Dakar Rally, as Nasser Al-Attiyah halved the gap to overall leader Carlos Sainz.

Dakar 2020, Stage 4: Sunderland beats Cornejo to win Dakar
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Dakar 2020, Stage 4: Sunderland beats Cornejo to win

KTM's Sam Sunderland took his first stage win of the 2020 Dakar Rally by 11 seconds as Honda's Ricky Brabec maintained a slender lead overall.

Al-Attiyah penalised for Sainz interference, Alonso benefits Dakar
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Al-Attiyah penalised for Sainz interference, Alonso benefits

Three-time Dakar Rally winner Nasser Al-Attiyah was handed a three-minute post-stage penalty on Tuesday’s competitive running, elevating Fernando Alonso to fourth place on the day.

Alonso dreaming of "magical" Dakar stage win Dakar
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Alonso dreaming of "magical" Dakar stage win

Fernando Alonso believes he could challenge for a "magical" maiden stage win on his Dakar Rally debut, having enjoyed a strong third day of competition.

KTM boosted as Dakar revises stage results Dakar
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KTM boosted as Dakar revises stage results

Results in the bike category of Stage 3 of the Dakar Rally were altered due to a technical problem with the GPS system, with KTM duo Matthias Walkner and Toby Price the two biggest name to benefit from the decision.

Brabec wants Dakar's new 'blind' stages to be the norm Dakar
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Brabec wants Dakar's new 'blind' stages to be the norm

Honda rider Ricky Brabec says it should become standard practice to hand roadbooks to crews just prior to the stage start, after getting first-hand experience of the new roadbook philosophy in the early stages of the Dakar Rally.

Dakar 2020, Stage 3: Sainz takes the lead Dakar
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Dakar 2020, Stage 3: Sainz takes the lead

X-raid Mini driver Carlos Sainz has taken the lead in the 2020 Dakar Rally marathon, after topping the third stage on Tuesday.

Dakar 2020, Stage 3: Brabec flies on dismal day for KTM Dakar
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Dakar 2020, Stage 3: Brabec flies on dismal day for KTM

Ricky Brabec leads an all-Honda top four after Stage 3 of the Dakar Rally, in which KTM struggled and Yamaha's Adrien van Beveren crashed out.

We feared Alonso’s Dakar was over, admits co-driver Coma Dakar
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We feared Alonso’s Dakar was over, admits co-driver Coma

Fernando Alonso’s co-driver Marc Coma admits he thought their Dakar Rally “was over” when a wheel was ripped from their Toyota Hilux on Monday’s second stage and was left “30 meters behind us” in the desert.

Al-Attiyah mystified by repeat Toyota puncture woes

Toyota driver Nasser Al-Attiyah has expressed his frustration after being hobbled by multiple punctures on the first two days of the Dakar Rally.

Alonso didn't know what he hit in Dakar crash

Fernando Alonso had no idea what he crashed into during the Dakar's second stage, saying he could not see anything because of the dust.

Dakar 2020, Stage 2: Terranova leads, big drama for Alonso Dakar
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Dakar 2020, Stage 2: Terranova leads, big drama for Alonso

X-raid Mini driver Orlando Terranova leads the 2020 Dakar Rally after the second stage, in which star debutant Fernando Alonso has already lost over two hours due to damage.

Dakar 2020, Stage 2: Sunderland leads as Branch wins Dakar
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Dakar 2020, Stage 2: Sunderland leads as Branch wins

KTM rider Sam Sunderland moved into the overall lead of the Dakar Rally on Monday's Al Wajh-Neom test, after finishing runner-up to first-time stage winner Ross Branch.

Who is Dakar 2020's shock stage winner Zala?

Motorsport.com speaks to Dakar 2020 sensation Vaidotas Zala, whose shock stage came in his debut in a Mini "spaceship" that he bought via a bank loan.

Alonso "on tiptoes" in first stages of Dakar debut

Two-time Formula 1 champion Fernando Alonso says he was driving “on tiptoes” on his debut Dakar Rally stage, and plans to continue to pace himself until the traffic “jungle” clears up later in the marathon.

Price's roadbook tore in half during Dakar opener

Factory KTM rider Toby Price has revealed that his roadbook tore in half on the opening stage of the Dakar Rally, as he was forced to follow teammate Matthias Walkner.

Dakar 2020, Stage 1: Shock win for Zala, Alonso 11th Dakar
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Dakar 2020, Stage 1: Shock win for Zala, Alonso 11th

Mini driver Vaidotas Zala claimed a shock maiden stage win in the first test of the 2020 Dakar Rally, as two-time Formula 1 champion Fernando Alonso placed 11th.

Dakar 2020, Stage 1: Price beats Brabec in bikes opener Dakar
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Dakar 2020, Stage 1: Price beats Brabec in bikes opener

Defending champion Toby Price kicked off the 2020 Dakar Rally in the lead in the bike category after taking first place from Ricky Brabec halfway into the opening stage.

Ten things to watch for in the 2020 Dakar Rally

The Dakar Rally officially opens the third chapter of its illustrious history this weekend as the legendary off-road event takes place in Saudi Arabia for the first time. Valentin Khorounzhiy and Jamie Klein are your guides to the 2020 edition.

Slimmed-down Mini effort 'shouldn't be underestimated'

The X-raid Mini team shouldn’t be “underestimated” just because it has scaled down its Dakar Rally programme to two buggies, says team boss Sven Quandt.