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Toyota's Al-Attiyah scores dominant Morocco Rally win

Toyota driver Nasser Al-Attiyah dominated from start to finish to claim victory in the 2021 Morocco Rally, as Pablo Quintanilla took top honours in the bikes category.

FIA, ASO launch new Cross-Country World Championship around Dakar

The FIA and ASO have announced a new Cross-Country World Championship for 2022, which will have the Dakar Rally as its main event.

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.

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.

Silk Way Rally cancels 2020 edition outright

The 10th edition of the Silk Way Rally has been cancelled just over a month ahead of its scheduled start date due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Alonso scores first podium finish in Dakar build-up event

Double Formula 1 world champion Fernando Alonso achieved his first podium finish in cross-country rallying in the third of his Dakar Rally preparatory outings with Toyota.

Alonso left with "bittersweet" feeling in Morocco

Fernando Alonso says his run to 26th place overall in the Morocco Rally has left him with a "bittersweet" feeling, as a decision whether he will take part in the Dakar Rally looms.

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.

Alonso crashes out of third stage of Morocco Rally

Two-time Formula 1 world champion Fernando Alonso crashed out of the Morocco Rally on the third stage of the event on Monday.

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.

Alonso: Morocco Rally key to Dakar decision

Two-time Formula 1 champion Fernando Alonso says this week's Morocco Rally will give him a "concrete" idea of whether he wishes to press ahead with plans to contest the Dakar Rally.

Alonso finishes 16th on eventful rally-raid debut

Two-time Formula 1 champion Fernando Alonso completed an eventful first rally-raid event with Toyota in South Africa last weekend in 16th position overall.

Price to consult doctor after experiencing numbness on comeback

Toby Price will consult with Dr Steve Andrews this week after experiencing numbness in his injured wrist during his two-wheel comeback in Chile.

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.

Sherco TVS wins Baja Aragon for second year in a row

Indo-French squad Sherco TVS registered its second consecutive victory in Baja Aragon after Michael Metge dominated the two-day Spanish rally from start to finish.

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: India's Hero team scores impressive podium

Indian manufacturer Hero MotoCorp bagged a podium finish in the Merzouga Rally, with Oriol Menna finishing third after five days of rigorous cross-country rallying.

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.

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.

2018 in review: Indian rally drivers and riders

2018 was a monumental year for Indian rallying as Gaurav Gill made the long-awaited step up to WRC2 and TVS handed international debuts to several of its academy riders.

Morocco Rally: Sherco TVS' Tanveer scores podium in Enduro

Indian cross-country rally rider Abdul Wahid Tanveer put on an impressive performance in the Rally of Morocco, finishing second in the Enduro category for Sherco TVS.

PanAfrica Rally: Sherco TVS wins for second year in a row

Sherco TVS recorded its second win in the annual PanAfrica rally, with Michael Metge claiming the top spot for the Indo-French outfit.

Peugeot refugee Sainz joins X-raid Mini for 2019 Dakar Rally

Carlos Sainz Sr will enter the 2019 Dakar Rally to defend his title after signing with the X-raid Mini squad alongside Stephane Peterhansel and Cyril Despres, has learned.

Merzouga Rally: Sherco TVS finishes inside top 10, Santosh 19th

Joan Pedrero ensured a top 10 finish for Sherco TVS in the 2018 Merzouga Rally, while India’s CS Santosh was classified 19th after the final stage on Friday.

Merzouga Rally: Leading duo collide in “crazy” stage finish 

Honda's Joan Barreda still leads the Merzouga Rally, but Thursday's stage was overshadowed by a bizarre finish, where an unclear roadbook caused chaos and a collision between Barreda and Pablo Quintanilla.

Merzouga Rally: Barreda extends lead with stage win, despite fall

Honda's Joan Barreda has extended his lead in Merzouga Rally by winning Wednesday's third stage in Morocco, despite a brief fall from his bike.

Merzouga Rally: Barreda defies injury to win stage one

Honda rider Joan Barreda won the opening stage of the Merzouga Rally in Morocco, despite still suffering pain from a wrist injury.

2017 in review [Part 1]: Indian rally drivers and riders

In the first part of our season review, we give our take on Indian drivers and riders who represented our country internationally in short-distance and cross-country rallies.

2018 Silk Way Rally: Start from Xi’an

The rally route of next year will be significantly updated

Al-Attiyah beats Loeb to win Rally Morocco

Toyota's Nasser Al-Attiyah won the prestigious Rally Morocco for the fourth consecutive time, and was crowned FIA Cross-Country champion for the third time in a row.

Rally of Morocco: TVS Sherco’s Pedrero takes strong fifth place finish

Spaniard Joan Pedrero, with TVS Sherco, finished a fine fifth in the Oilibya Rally of Morocco on Tuesday.

Gallery: Best photos from Silk Way Rally 2017

The Silk Way Rally is one of motorsport's greatest challenges, a Cross-Country event with a route that spans from Russia to China, via Kazakhstan. Here are the best images...

Despres seals Silk Way Rally victory for Peugeot

Peugeot driver Cyril Despres is set to win the Silk Way Rally for the second time after the Russo-Chinese event's final stage was cancelled.

Silk Way Rally: Despres and Sotnikov at the gates of Xi’an

Stage13 - Alashan Youqi-Zhongwei: “Cathedrals in the dunes” – 690,31 km

Silk Way Rally: Lavieille and Mardeev surf, the leaders suffer

Stage12 – Jiayuguan-Alashan Youqi: “The Long Journey” – 483,79 km

Silk Way Rally: ‘Peter’ and Kolomy first to the Great Wall

Stage 11 – Dunhuang-Jiayuguan: “The fort of the fertile valley” – 783,84 km

Silk Way Rally: Sprint finish for Amos and Nikolaev…

Stage 10 - Hami-Dunhuang “ - The 492 chapels of Mogao” 517,53 km

Loeb forced out of Silk Way Rally due to wrist injury

Sebastien Loeb will not rejoin the Silk Way Rally after his heavy crash on Monday due to a wrist injury.

Loeb crashes out of dominant Silk Way Rally lead

Rally legend Sebastien Loeb has fallen out of contention for 2017 Silk Way Rally honours after losing his dominant lead with a crash on Monday's ninth stage.

Silk Way Rally: Despres and Sotnikov lead

Stage 9 – Urümqi-Hami: “Heading to Yizhou” – 813,89 km

Silk Way Rally: Loeb and Sotnikov dominant

Stage 8 – Karamay-Urümqi “Following the Uyghurs of Xinjiang” – 436,34 km

Silk Way Rally: Menzies gets the ‘Lions’ share’

Stage 7 – Urdzhar - Karamay “In the land of black gold” – 412,90 km

Silk Way Rally: Sébastien Loeb pulls clear

Stage 4 – Kostanay- Astana “Direction Akmola”, 908 km

Silk Way Rally: Loeb and Viazovich on the charge

Stage (3) UFA - Kostanay “River Tobol in Sight” - 876,39 km

Route for 2017 Silk Way Rally Announced

The route for the 2017 edition of the Silk Way Rally has been officially unveiled in Moscow, Russia.

Merzouga Rally: De Soultrait wins final stage to seal victory

Yamaha’s Xavier de Soultrait claimed the final stage of Merzouga Rally to seal his overall victory on the Cross-Country event in Morocco.

Merzouga Rally: Santosh lead Indian, top five finish for Sherco TVS

Hero’s CS Santosh finished as the top Indian rider in the 2017 Merzouga Rally, but it was Sherco TVS that emerged as the lead Indian manufacturer after the final stage on Friday.

Merzouga Rally: De Soultrait still leads, Mena scores shock win

Oriol Mena scored his first victory on the penultimate stage on his first attempt at the Merzouga Rally in Morocco.

Merzouga Rally: KP shines, Santosh remains top Indian after Stage 4

Sherco TVS’ Aravind KP was the star Indian performer in the fourth stage of Merzouga Rally, but compatriot and Hero rival CS Santosh remains the top rider from the subcontinent.