Dakar News

Roma to miss 2023 Dakar Rally
Sainz calls for roadbook clarity
Sainz hits out at Audi weight bump
Audi reveals weight-saving measures
Audi reveals updated Dakar car

Two-time Dakar Rally champion Nani Roma will miss the 2023 edition of the marathon as he gets back up to speed after recovering from bladder cancer.

Audi star Carlos Sainz is hoping the Dakar Rally can produce a roadbook that is accurate and easy to read after his 2022 outing was derailed by navigational issues.

Carlos Sainz has expressed his frustration at the minimum weight of T1U cars being raised by 100kg for the 2023 Dakar Rally, saying rules are hurting electric cars such as the Audi.

Audi has revealed the weight-saving measures it undertook with its Dakar Rally contender to make the car lighter and more agile ahead of its second crack at the marathon in 2023.

Audi has significantly overhauled its Dakar Rally prototype for 2023, with the upgrades aimed at improving efficiency of the powertrain and making the car easier to operate for the crew.

Taylor to make second Dakar start

Molly Taylor has confirmed that she'll make a second Dakar Rally appearance early next year.

Dakar Rally announces longer 14-stage route for 2023
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Dakar Rally announces longer 14-stage route for 2023

The ASO has revealed the first details of the 2023 Dakar Rally in Saudi Arabia, increasing the length of the route to 14 stages in response to calls from competitors.

Ex-Yamaha rider van Beveren joins Honda for Dakar 2023

Adrien van Beveren will contest the 2023 edition of the Dakar Rally with Honda following the end of Yamaha's factory rally-raid programme.

Former Dakar Rally service truck lives new life as RV rental

After nine years as a service truck for the rally teams KTM and Orlen in the Dakar Rally (among others), this vehicle is now available as an off-road camper rental in The Netherlands.

M-Sport sets sights on Dakar in new Ford rally raid venture

M-Sport plans to enter the rally raid arena as part of a new collaboration with Neil Woolridge Motorsport that intends to contest the famous Dakar Rally in the future.

How Audi took the Dakar by storm with its hybrid game-changer

Four stage wins and all three cars reaching the finish was no small achievement for Audi on its first attempt at motorsport’s toughest event with a brand-new car. The key men behind the RS Q e-tron project explain why it was such a momentous feat.

Yamaha ends factory Dakar Rally motorcycle programme

Yamaha has announced the end of its factory presence in the Dakar Rally's motorcycle class following last month's 2022 event, as well as the FIM Cross-Country Rallies series.

Sanders to make Finke debut

Dakar stage winner Daniel Sanders will make his first appearance in the Finke Desert Race later this year.

Injury, COVID, camels and redemption: Petrucci's Dakar odyssey

Danilo Petrucci’s decision to switch to rallying at the conclusion of his time in MotoGP at the end of 2021 raised many eyebrows. Deciding to make his rally raid debut at the Dakar courted scepticism. With his debut almost over on several occasions before it began, Petrucci’s Dakar odyssey was a wild affair full of ups, downs and a run-in with a camel. He sat down with Motorsport.com to reveal all

Petrucci opens up on pre-Dakar KTM "issues" as 2022 plans change

Ex-MotoGP rider Danilo Petrucci says his 2022 plans following his sensational Dakar Rally debut have changed as a result of "some issues" with KTM ahead of the rally raid.

Loeb: Second place in Dakar "nothing to be ashamed of" Dakar
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Loeb: Second place in Dakar "nothing to be ashamed of"

Sebastien Loeb says there is “nothing to be ashamed of” in losing the 2022 Dakar Rally, having done everything in his power to topple Toyota’s Nasser Al-Attiyah.

Prodrive fears Audi could "kill" Dakar competition in 2023

Audi will “kill” the competition in the Dakar Rally next year if the FIA doesn’t do something to balance its performance against petrol-powered cars, according to Prodrive chairman David Richards.

Dakar mechanic dies on the last liaison of 2022

A mechanic of the PH Sport team has passed away following a road accident in the last liaison of the Dakar Rally from Bisha to Jeddah.

Sunderland's second Dakar win "feels better than the first" Dakar
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Sunderland's second Dakar win "feels better than the first"

Sam Sunderland says his second Dakar Rally victory feels sweeter than the first, as the GasGas rider ended a five-year wait to add to his 2017 crown.

Dakar 2022: Toyota's Al-Attiyah dominates to seal fourth title Dakar
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Dakar 2022: Toyota's Al-Attiyah dominates to seal fourth title

Toyota’s Nasser Al-Attiyah was crowned a four-time Dakar Rally champion following a dominant run in the 2022 edition of the event in Saudi Arabia.

Dakar 2022: Sunderland hangs on to clinch second bikes crown Dakar
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Dakar 2022: Sunderland hangs on to clinch second bikes crown

GasGas rider Sam Sunderland secured his second Dakar Rally bikes crown as he clung on to his slender advantage on Friday's final stage of the Saudi Arabian event.

Dakar 2022, Stage 11: Sainz fastest, Al-Attiyah closes on victory

Carlos Sainz chalked up yet another stage win for Audi on the penultimate day of the Dakar Rally, while Nasser Al-Attiyah cemented his overall victory bid with a safe run to eighth place.

The positive future implications of Audi's creditable Dakar debut

OPINION: Audi has been a disruptive presence on the 2022 Dakar Rally, with its new hybrid RS Q e-tron taking two stage wins so far. Its impressive pace and resilience on one of the world’s toughest tests also bodes well for the Dakar’s future as it seeks to attract new manufacturers.

How Prodrive plans to use trial by Dakar to spur it to victory Prime

How Prodrive plans to use trial by Dakar to spur it to victory

Having tasted plenty of success in the World Rally Championship in the past, Prodrive took its off-road excursions to a new level with its first Dakar Rally entry this year. Now well-versed in the challenges that the famous rally-raid event possesses, Prodrive can learn from those lessons for next year's tilt at Dakar honours.

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.