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Mon 14 Jan 2013
Cyril Despres: It was a very eventful day

Cyril Despres: It was a very eventful day

Cyril Despres' blog on the 8th stage of Dakar Rally. The Red Bull KTM rider is aiming for the overall victory again in the challenging event.

Sun 13 Jan 2013
Rest day for the Husqvarna Rallye Team by Speedbrain

Rest day for the Husqvarna Rallye Team by Speedbrain

The Husqvarna Rallye Team by Speedbrain riders are taking a well deserved rest in their hotel after running eight stages, and some 4000 km.

A sucessfull first Dakar week for Imperial Toyota drivers

A sucessfull first Dakar week for Imperial Toyota drivers

South African/German duo of Giniel de Villiers and Dirk von Zitzewitz successfully defended the third place under torrential rain.

Argentina: Stage 8 - Salta to Tucumán quotes

Argentina: Stage 8 - Salta to Tucumán quotes

The second part of the marathon stage was interesting and confusing. Heavy rain canceled the first part of the two specials on the eighth day of Dakar. See what the drivers and riders had to say...

Gordon nearly had the Hummer second on stage 8

Gordon nearly had the Hummer second on stage 8

Due to today's weather conditions, the Special was shortened by more than half, resulting in only 188KM of competition.

Terranova in the BMW X3 CC comes second on 8th stage

Terranova in the BMW X3 CC comes second on 8th stage

Freak weather makes an impact on the stage result. Stéphane Peterhansel finishes fourth to defend his overall lead.

Third victory for

Third victory for "Bang Bang" Barreda on stage 8

Husqvarna Rallye Team by Speedbrain's Joan Barreda landed the victory on a shorter than planned stage.

Barreda wins in Bikes while Cars await stage 8 cancellation rulingHeadline

Barreda wins in Bikes while Cars await stage 8 cancellation ruling

Wet Argentinean stage ends early for Cars and officials delay final call. Barreda takes Bikes win in morning, though, while category leaders run astray.

Sat 12 Jan 2013
Trouble-free run for De Villiers and Von Zitzewitz on 7th stage

Trouble-free run for De Villiers and Von Zitzewitz on 7th stage

Giniel de Villiers and Dirk von Zitzewitz continue to lead the four-wheel drive petrol T1.1 class in their proudly South African bakkie.

Chile/Argentina: Stage 7 – Calama to Salta quotes

Chile/Argentina: Stage 7 – Calama to Salta quotes

It has been a tough day for the Dakar competitors but the first part of the marathon stage is over and here are the comments from the drivers and riders.

Gordon and Walch placed the Hummer third in stage 7

Gordon and Walch placed the Hummer third in stage 7

Knowing that he could be sitting in the top-3 of the overall standings provides Gordon with the drive he needs, to make up as much time as possible each remaining day of the Dakar Rally.

Reward on stage 7 after hard work for Riwald team

Reward on stage 7 after hard work for Riwald team

Above 3400 metres Erik Wevers and his Belgian navigator Fabian Lurquin fought a fierce battle with the factory teams in their HRX Ford,

Chile/Argentina: Stage 7 – Calama to Salta and the crossing of the Andes - video

Chile/Argentina: Stage 7 – Calama to Salta and the crossing of the Andes - video

Caselli reaches the summit, “Peter” upwards and onwards. The 7th stage of the Dakar, in mourning following the death of rider Thomas Bourgin.

Botturi places 10th on the seventh stage

Botturi places 10th on the seventh stage

Tonight the riders will camp out in Cachi, without the mechanics, and will thus have to do any work on their TE449RRs by Speedbrain themselves.

Peterhansel celebrates second stage win at the end of day seven

Peterhansel celebrates second stage win at the end of day seven

Third stage success for the Monster Energy X-raid Team, and Orlando Terranova in the BMW X3 CC secures fourth place on Dakar's stage seven.

Caselli grabs stage 7 Bike win as the riders mourn the loss of BourginHeadline

Caselli grabs stage 7 Bike win as the riders mourn the loss of Bourgin

The death of one of the riders overshadowed the seventh day of the 2013 Dakar. Thomas Bourgin died in a freak road accident before the special stage had even started. There was no celebration at the end of the first marathon.

Fri 11 Jan 2013
Maxxis Super B Team finishes stage 6 undamaged

Maxxis Super B Team finishes stage 6 undamaged

Husseini, Koolen, Coronel and van den Goorbergh all had respectable finishes in the longest run yet.

Chile: Stage 6 - Arica to Calama quotes

Chile: Stage 6 - Arica to Calama quotes

Riders and drivers comment about their first stage on Chilean soil in this year's edition of Dakar!

Peterhansel defended his overall lead in stage 6

Peterhansel defended his overall lead in stage 6

Monster Energy X-raid Team continue to hold overall lead. Peterhansel 2nd and Orlando Terranova 4th in today’s special stage on difficult day with soft dunes and fech fech.

Botturi still up with the leaders in Dakar sixth stage

Botturi still up with the leaders in Dakar sixth stage

Dakar 2013, 6th Stage – Arica – Calama was a 764 km stage (477 miles) including 454 km special test. Alessandro Botturi really pushed his Husqvarna TE449RR by Speedbrain hard finishing just behind the leaders in fifth place.

Al-Attiyah wins stage 6 as his teammate Sainz retiresHeadline

Al-Attiyah wins stage 6 as his teammate Sainz retires

It was a day where the overall leaders held their ground even without winning the first special stage in Chile today. Now those who remain will rest in Calama before taking on their next challenge in the magnificent Andes mountain range.

Thu 10 Jan 2013
 Bad luck for Maxxis Super B Team during 5th stage

Bad luck for Maxxis Super B Team during 5th stage

Jurgen van den Goorbergh was the only Maxxis team member who had a good day on the run from Arequipa to Arica

SPEED Energy's Gordon takes second in a tough stage 5

SPEED Energy's Gordon takes second in a tough stage 5

Once again, Gordon took misfortunes and turns them in to positives on the Arequipa to Arica stage of the Dakar

Instaforex Loparis Team encounters trouble in stage 5

Instaforex Loparis Team encounters trouble in stage 5

During the move from Peru to Chile The Princess 69 encountered electronic problems and dropped to 8th place over all.

Non-racing road accident at end of fifth stage

Non-racing road accident at end of fifth stage

Traffic accident near the Chile border was not part of the rally event itself. The incident was in Peru near the Chile border and one of the recovery assistance vehicles was involved.

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