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Top 10 Dakar Rally competitors of 2017

After another memorable Dakar Rally, our correspondent Valentin Khorounzhiy picks his top 10 performers from the 2017 running of the gruelling South American event.

Peugeot impossible to beat even with clean run – de Villiers

Former Dakar Rally champion Giniel de Villiers believes Peugeot would have been impossible to beat in this year’s race even if he had enjoyed a clean run.

Hirvonen feels second Dakar run deserved better result

X-Raid Mini driver Mikko Hirvonen says his second attempt at the Dakar Rally was a stronger challenge than his 2016 debut, as he suggests he got his results “the wrong way around”.

Trucks champ Stacey slams Dakar 2017 as “worst ever”

Former Dakar Rally trucks champion Hans Stacey has blasted the 2017 running of the event, as he labelled it the worst he's ever taken part in organisationally.

Sunderland “cried like a wimp” after clinching Dakar title

Dakar Rally bikes champion Sam Sunderland has admitted he “cried like a wimp” after claiming his maiden triumph in the South American event.

Loeb philosophical about losing Dakar to Peterhansel

Nine-time WRC champion Sebastien Loeb has been encouraged by his second Dakar Rally despite missing out on victory, as he says his campaign will serve him well for future outings.

Peterhansel admits Dakar win down to experience, not speed

Dakar Rally champion Stephane Peterhansel believes his vast experience was key to his victory over Peugeot teammate Sebastien Loeb, as he felt the WRC legend was faster on pure pace.

Dakar 2017, Stage 12: Peterhansel crowned, Peugeot takes 1-2-3

Peugeot's Stephane Peterhansel delivered back-to-back Dakar Rally victories for the French manufacturer as he saw off WRC legend Sebastien Loeb for his 13th win in the event.

Dakar 2017, Stage 12: Sunderland seals maiden bikes title

KTM rider Sam Sunderland has won the bikes category of the 2017 Dakar Rally, becoming the first Briton to take overall honours in any class of the legendary event.

Dakar 2017, Stage 12: Nikolaev leads Kamaz 1-2 in trucks

Eduard Nikolaev secured his second Dakar Rally trucks title, leading home teammate Dmitry Sotnikov in a one-two for the Russian Kamaz marque.

Dakar 2017, Stage 12: Karyakin takes honours in quads race

Russian rider Sergey Karyakin took his first Dakar Rally win in the quads category, comfortably seeing off 2014 champion Ignacio Casale in a race of high attrition.

Loeb concedes Dakar defeat: “Pushing now would be crazy”

Sebastien Loeb says he will not take risks to catch Stephane Peterhansel for victory in the final stage of the 2017 Dakar Rally, as the gap is now too big to make up.

Dakar 2017, Stage 11: Nikolaev closes on second trucks victory

Eduard Nikolaev edged closer to his second Dakar Rally title by taking his second consecutive stage win and increasing his lead to nearly 20 minutes.

Dakar 2017, Stage 11: Peterhansel halts Loeb charge as 13th win looms

Stephane Peterhansel took a major step towards a 13th Dakar Rally win as he preserved most of his lead over Sebastien Loeb heading into the final day.

Dakar 2017, Stage 11: Goncalves fastest, Sunderland closes on win

Paulo Goncalves took his first stage win of the 2017 Dakar Rally on the event's penultimate test, as Sam Sunderland maintained his advantage at the head of the standings.

Loeb: Victory "won't be possible" without problems for Peterhansel

Sebastien Loeb does not believe he can make up six minutes to Stephane Peterhansel and take victory in Dakar 2017 without his teammate hitting trouble.

Hirvonen explains Stage 10 truck collision

X-Raid Mini's Mikko Hirvonen had his car's radiator damaged in a collision with a truck in Thursday's Chilecito – San Juan stage of Dakar 2017.

De Rooy team concedes Dakar victory bid "over"

Time lost to navigation and punctures has effectively ruled out Iveco Petronas driver Gerard de Rooy from taking back-to-back Dakar wins in the truck category.

Peterhansel handed back Dakar lead after biker crash

Peugeot's Stephane Peterhansel has reclaimed the Dakar Rally lead as he was given back time by event organisers after his collision with KTM rider Simon Marcic.

Dakar 2017, Stage 10: Nikolaev passes Sotnikov for trucks lead

Eduard Nikolaev took over the lead of the Dakar Rally trucks contest from Kamaz teammate Dmitry Sotnikov on Thursday, as the duo pulled away from the rest of the field.

Dakar 2017, Stage 10: Loeb wins, Peterhansel collides with biker

Peugeot's Sebastien Loeb provisionally took victory in the 10th stage of the 2017 Dakar Rally, as rival Stephane Peterhansel made contact with a competitor from the bike category.

Dakar 2017, Stage 10: Metge fastest as leaders come unstuck

Honda's Michael Metge took his first Dakar Rally stage win on Thursday, as the overall classification's leading riders all dropped significant amounts of time.

Honda appeals one-hour Dakar refuelling penalties

The Honda factory team has filed an appeal with the French motorcycling federation over the one-hour penalty its riders received for illegal refuelling during the 2017 Dakar Rally.

Peugeot boss more impressed with Elena than Loeb

Peugeot Sport's boss Bruno Famin says it’s the performance of Sebastien Loeb’s co-driver Daniel Elena, not the nine-time World Rally Champion driver, that has impressed him most on the Dakar so far this year.

Despres, Roma say Dakar victory chances not over

Peugeot's Cyril Despres and Toyota's Nani Roma reckon they can still take part in the Dakar 2017 victory fight, despite losing the opportunity to make up ground in the highly-anticipated “Super Belen” stage.

Frustrated de Rooy says Dakar needs to rethink Bolivia leg

Dakar truck class frontrunner Gerard de Rooy has been angered by the cancellation of the "Super Belen" stage of the 2017 edition, and has said the event needs to rethink its Bolivian leg due to weather.

Barreda hits out at "watered-down" Dakar challenge

Joan Barreda has voiced his frustration at Wednesday's Dakar Rally stage being cancelled, saying the challenge of the event has been "watered down" as a result.

Dakar director Lavigne defends stage cancellations

Dakar Rally director Etienne Lavigne has defended the decision to cancel Wednesday's "Super Belen" stage, saying every effort is being made for the event to continue as planned.

Injured Price cleared to return to Australia

Toby Price will travel back to Australia to continue recovery from the injuries he sustained in his nasty Dakar crash.

Rockslide forces Dakar to cancel 1000km Stage 9

The organisers of the Dakar Rally have been forced to cancel the long-anticipated “Super Belen” stage, the ninth test of the 2017 race.

Dakar 2017, Stage 8: Loeb wins, snatches lead from Peterhansel

Sebastien Loeb was quickest in the eighth stage of the 2017 Dakar Rally, overtaking Peugeot teammate Stephane Peterhansel to lead the overall classification.

Dakar 2017, Stage 8: Barreda quickest, Sunderland edges clear

Joan Barreda was the pacesetter on the eighth stage of the 2017 Dakar Rally, as overall leader Sam Sunderland added to his advantage over his nearest rivals.

De Rooy's Dakar title defence hopes take a knock

Petronas Iveco driver Gerard de Rooy's quest for a third Dakar Rally victory took a hit on Tuesday as the Dutchman once again fell foul of a puncture.

Dakar 2017, Stage 8: Van den Brink wins, Sotnikov retakes lead

Martin van den Brink scored his second trucks stage win of the 2017 Dakar Rally in the shortened Tuesday test, as Dmitry Sotnikov retook the overall lead.

Loeb is “ready to win” Dakar, says Peterhansel

Reigning Dakar champion Stephane Peterhansel says Sebastien Loeb's performances in the 2017 edition have come as proof he is ready to win the prestigious race.

Dakar 2017, Stage 7: Sotnikov eats into De Rooy's advantage

Dmitry Sotnikov secured his second Dakar stage in the first run of the event's second week and decreased Gerard De Rooy's lead to just two minutes.

Dakar 2017, Stage 7: Peterhansel and Loeb edge clear of rivals

Dakar Rally leader Stephane Peterhansel topped the seventh stage of the race, gaining 48 seconds on teammate and nearest rival Sebastien Loeb.

Dakar 2017, Stage 7: Brabec leads Honda 1-2 as Week 2 begins

Ricky Brabec kicked off the second week of the Dakar Rally by becoming the sixth different winner in the bike class in as many stages, narrowly beating Paulo Goncalves.

Peugeot rules out imposing Dakar team orders

Peugeot Sport boss Bruno Famin has insisted his team is not considering team orders for the second week of the 2017 Dakar Rally.

Toby Price suffers seizure during Dakar crash recovery

Toby Price’s recovery from his Dakar crash has been complicated by a seizure, believed to be caused by a blood clot in his lung.

Dakar's marathon stage slashed due to bad weather

The 2017 Dakar Rally's marathon stage from La Paz to Uyuni has had its timed section cut in half to 161km due to adverse weather conditions.

Peugeot faltering my “only chance” for Dakar win - Hirvonen

X-Raid Mini driver Mikko Hirvonen says the only way for him to get back into the battle with the Peugeots in the 2017 Dakar Rally is through misfortune for the French marque's drivers.

Sunderland insists Dakar navigation has been fair

Dakar Rally bikes leader Sam Sunderland says he believes that navigation during the event has been fair up to now, despite the difficulties encountered by a number of leading runners.

Highlights: The first week of the Dakar in photos

The Dakar is one of the toughest competitions in racing. But it's also one of the most scenic and beautiful races to photograph. Check out the amazing images from the first week of the 2017 Dakar. Enjoy!

Loeb credits navigation gains for Dakar 2017 victory bid

Sebastien Loeb says the work he and co-driver Daniel Elena have done since their Dakar Rally debut in 2016 has allowed them to run at the sharp end through the tougher stages of this year's event.

De Rooy: “We've not been the quickest, just the smartest”

Iveco Petronas driver Gerard de Rooy has credited his team's measured approach to navigation for his lead at the halfway point of the Dakar Rally.

Walkner unhappy with guesswork in Dakar 2017 navigation

KTM factory rider Matthias Walkner has dubbed the navigation of the 2017 Dakar Rally “strange”, saying it had gone beyond a fair challenge.

Roma says matching Peugeot's pace at altitude “impossible”

Nani Roma has conceded his Toyota Hilux would not be able to run with the Peugeot 3008DKR on pure pace in the remaining altitude stages of the 2017 Dakar Rally.

Dakar Stage 6 cancelled due to poor weather

The sixth stage of the 2017 Dakar Rally has been cancelled because of increasing bad weather in Bolivia.

De Rooy relieved to overcome treacherous conditions

Gerard de Rooy took his second stage win of the 2017 Dakar Rally on Friday, a difficult day for the competitors of the South American event as heavy rain hit Bolivia.

Dakar 2017, Stage 5: De Rooy takes lead with second straight win

Iveco's Gerard De Rooy took over the Dakar Rally trucks lead after dominating a shortened fifth stage.

Dakar 2017, Stage 5: Loeb fastest, Peterhansel moves to the lead

Sebastien Loeb took his second stage win of the 2017 Dakar Rally, as Peugeot teammate Stephane Peterhansel took the lead in the overall classification.

Dakar 2017, Stage 5: Sunderland takes lead as rivals get lost

Sam Sunderland has taken the lead of the Dakar Rally bikes contest after several of his rivals got lost during Friday's fifth stage of the South American event.

Loeb relieved to be close to Dakar lead after engine woes

Sebastien Loeb says he is happy to remain well within the fight for the 2017 Dakar Rally lead, despite losing time to an engine issue on Thursday.

Toyota drivers expect more Dakar frontrunner dramas

Toyota Dakar Rally drivers Giniel de Villiers and Nani Roma reckon the car class will see more frontrunners run into serious trouble in the next few stages.

Sanz reveals "rage" after being led astray by Dakar rival

Dakar Rally regular Laia Sanz has spoken of her "rage" after being led astray by a rival during Thursday's stage.

Sainz explains crash: “I was pushing to recover lost time”

Peugeot's Carlos Sainz says his Dakar-ending crash during the fourth stage was brought on by him having to take risks to make up ground lost earlier in the run.

Dakar leader Barreda handed severe penalty

Dakar 2017 bikes leader Joan Barreda is among the three Honda factory riders who are to have an hour added to their times following Thursday's stage.

Petronas keeping de Rooy in contention for Dakar glory

Did you know how much air the engine of Gerard de Rooy's Iveco Powerstar consumes when the Dutch driver unleashes the 900 horsepower of his six-cylinder turbo on the Bolivian Andes? The answer is around 70 thousand litres an hour.

Dakar 2017, Stage 4: De Rooy rebounds with win, Sotnikov leads

Defending Dakar Rally trucks champion Gerard de Rooy kicked off his recovery from a troublesome third day by topping Thursday's stage, as Dmitry Sotnikov seized the overall lead.