Sergio Lillo
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Sergio Lillo

Passionate about Motorsports since a child, he grow watching the battles between Schumacher & Hakkinen and dreaming about impossible challenges with the 24 Hours of Le Mans. From 2012 he’s writing about motorsports. Alumni of the UAM-El Pais MA, he experimented how is the work in a big newsroom, being part of the Local, International (America) and Social Media teams. He joined Motorsport.com in October 2016 and during this time he was attending Dakar in 4 occasions, two times in Le Mans and other events such WRC. In 2018 he published his first book ‘Himoinsa Team: la roja del Dakar’, the history of the first private team who battled with the best factory temas in the world’s toughest rally.

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Dakar changes rules after complaints over Audi entry

A number of changes have been made to the Dakar Rally's T1 regulations following complaints from Toyota and Prodrive regarding Audi’s ‘electric' entry next year.

Dakar chief responds to Loeb, Sainz after heavy criticism

Dakar Rally director David Castera has promised a more balanced 2022 event after this year’s rally-raid was heavily criticised by heavyweights Carlos Sainz and Sebastien Loeb.

Dakar reveals first details of 2022 Saudi Arabia event
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Dakar reveals first details of 2022 Saudi Arabia event

The Dakar Rally will be held entirely in Saudi Arabia for a third year in succession in 2022, but organiser ASO has promised a “80-85%” new route and a return to the Empty Quarter desert.

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.

Factory Mercedes driver Juncadella returns to DTM with GruppeM

Daniel Juncadella will return to the DTM this year to drive GruppeM's sole factory-supported Mercedes entry in the series.

Ferrari's Molina tips GT3s to replace GTE in WEC

Factory Ferrari driver Miguel Molina believes the FIA World Endurance Championship should eventually switch to GT3 cars following the recent manufacturer exodus from GTE Pro.

Garcia on emotional Rolex 24 win after bereavements and COVID

Rolex 24 winner Antonio Garcia was left crying from “emotion and rage” after missing the celebrations due to a positive COVID-19 test, soon after the deaths of his grandfather and former mentor Adrian Campos.

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.

Peterhansel: Al-Attiyah lost Dakar 2021 due to "ego" Dakar
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Peterhansel: Al-Attiyah lost Dakar 2021 due to "ego"

Stephane Peterhansel has responded to the comments made by Nasser Al-Attiyah and believes the Toyota driver lost the 2021 Dakar Rally because he was too egoistic to win the Prologue. 

KTM's Sunderland faced "impossible" task on last stage Dakar
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KTM's Sunderland faced "impossible" task on last stage

KTM rider Sam Sunderland admits he faced an "impossible" task trying to overhaul Honda's Kevin Benavides on the final stage of the 2021 Dakar Rally while opening the road.

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.

Dakar 2021, Stage 10: Benavides takes lead as Cornejo retires Dakar
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Dakar 2021, Stage 10: Benavides takes lead as Cornejo retires

Kevin Benavides moved into the lead of the Dakar Rally after overnight leader Jose Cornejo retired from the race following a crash on Wednesday's Stage 10.

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.

Price: Halfway Dakar lead 'doesn't mean anything'

KTM rider Toby Price says that holding the lead of the Dakar Rally at the halfway stage of the event "does not mean one thing".

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.

Sainz fed up after navigational drama: "This isn't the Dakar" Dakar
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Sainz fed up after navigational drama: "This isn't the Dakar"

Carlos Sainz has lashed out at this year’s Dakar Rally roadbook after getting lost for the second time in three days, saying he is “fed up” and the event doesn’t feel like a true rally-raid.

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”.

Hero rider Santosh "resuscitated" by rival after Dakar crash Dakar
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Hero rider Santosh "resuscitated" by rival after Dakar crash

Husqvarna’s Paul Spierings has revealed that he had to "resuscitate" Hero’s CS Santosh after the Indian rider suffered a huge crash on Wednesday’s fourth stage of the 2021 Dakar Rally.

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.

Brabec frustrated by Dakar "rubber band effect" Dakar
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Brabec frustrated by Dakar "rubber band effect"

Reigning Dakar Rally champion Ricky Brabec has admitted "some frustration" at the back-and-forth nature of the early stages of the 2021 edition.

Organisers investigate Short’s exit after refuelling stop Dakar
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Organisers investigate Short’s exit after refuelling stop

Both Yamaha and Dakar Rally organisers are investigating the retirement of Andrew Short on Day 2 of the 2021 event, to ascertain whether the fuel supply became contaminated by water on Monday’s stage.

Toyota: Dakar speed limit will stop X-raid "running away"

Toyota has welcomed the imposition of a speed limit for this year's Dakar Rally, and believes this will prevent rival squad X-raid Mini from "running away" on the event's faster stages.

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.

KTM says future Dakar wins will now be "valued more"

KTM team manager Jordi Viladoms says that the end of the Austrian manufacturer's Dakar Rally winning streak will mean any future success will be "valued more".

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.

Loeb: BRX not entering Dakar to be behind Toyota, X-raid

World Rally Championship legend Sebastien Loeb says the Prodrive-run Bahrain Raid Xtreme team is not entering the Dakar Rally to finish behind established outfits like Toyota and X-raid Mini.

Meeke "felt like a kid at Christmas" in first Dakar test

World Rally Championship veteran Kris Meeke "felt like a kid at Christmas" during his first test for PH Sport, the team with which he will compete in the 2021 Dakar Rally.

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.

Sainz Sr set to race in first Extreme E season

Two-time World Rally champion Carlos Sainz Sr is expected to race in the inaugural season of the Extreme E all-electric SUV off-road racing championship, Motorsport.com understands.

Sainz handed grid penalty for impeding Perez

Carlos Sainz has been given a three-place grid penalty for the Turkish Grand Prix after stewards adjudged that the McLaren Formula 1 driver had impeded Sergio Perez in qualifying.

Palou feels “super lucky” to be with “incredible” Ganassi team

Alex Palou says he’s feels very fortunate to sign with Chip Ganassi Racing for 2021, after just one season in the NTT IndyCar Series.

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.

Sainz: Eifel GP was 60 laps of "suffering"

Carlos Sainz says he endured 60 laps of "suffering" in the Eifel Grand Prix, as he reckons McLaren's new aero package cost him a shot of a podium finish.

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, Motorsport.com has learned.

Beating Aston at Le Mans was "unthinkable" for Ferrari

Ferrari beating Aston Martin to GTE Pro class honours in the Le Mans 24 Hours was "unthinkable" given the British marque's pace advantage, says Miguel Molina.

Sainz "a little angry" over Perez's Racing Point exit

Carlos Sainz says he has been left a "little angry" at the way that Sergio Perez has had to make way at Racing Point for the incoming Sebastian Vettel.

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.

Sainz says opening up bodywork led to Q2 exit

Carlos Sainz says a lack of top speed triggered by McLaren needing to open up bodywork to improve cooling contributed to his Q2 exit at the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix.

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.

Prodrive wants to be seen as "potential" Dakar winner

Prodrive says it will be "disappointed" if its rivals don't perceive it as a "potential winner" when it makes its Dakar debut next year under the Bahrain Raid Xtreme banner.

Prodrive reveals details of 2021 Dakar challenger

Prodrive and the Kingdom of Bahrain have revealed the details of the car with which they will enter the 2021 Dakar Rally under the Bahrain Raid Xtreme banner.

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.

Palou: “The only one on the grid that has never raced an oval”

Alex Palou is excited to get his first NTT IndyCar Series season underway, but says he’s wary of being the only participant in Saturday’s Genesys 300 at Texas Motor Speedway who has never raced on an oval.

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.

Juncadella joins R-Motorsport's GT World Challenge effort

Dani Juncadella will race an R-Motorsport-run Aston Martin Vantage GT3 in GT World Challenge Europe and ADAC GT Masters this year.

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.

Palou “100 percent ready” for IndyCar despite limited testing

Alex Palou, Dale Coyne Racing with Team Goh’s rookie in the 2020 NTT IndyCar Series, says that he’s ready to fight for Rookie of the Year honors despite his limited testing.

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.

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.