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06 Jan - 20 Jan
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Top 10 Dakar Rally competitors of 2018

Looking back at a particularly gruelling 2018 edition of the Dakar Rally, we narrow down our list of standout competitors across the marathon's various classes to a top 10.

Peugeot stint would've left "bad taste" without Dakar win - Sainz

Carlos Sainz admits his cross-country rally stint with Peugeot would've left a “bad taste” if he failed to score a Dakar win for himself.

Walkner: "Luck was on my side" in Dakar triumph

Newly-crowned Dakar bikes champion Matthias Walkner says he owes his victory in the 2018 event largely to having luck on his side.

Sainz says son got "revenge" after 2018 Dakar victory

Dakar winner Carlos Sainz believes his son Carlos Jr took “revenge” on him this month for all the advice he has given him during his single-seater career.

Dakar 2018: Back-to-back truck wins for Kamaz's Nikolaev

Kamaz driver Eduard Nikolaev has wrapped up back-to-back Dakar Rally victories in the truck category.

Dakar 2018: Santosh finishes career-best 34th, Hero beats TVS

India’s CS Santosh secured a career-best 34th place result in the 2018 Dakar Rally, while teammate Oriol Mena allowed Hero to outclass Sherco TVS in the battle among the Indian manufacturers.

Dakar 2018: Sainz clinches Peugeot's farewell victory

Rally legend Carlos Sainz has scored his second Dakar victory in the 2018 edition of the marathon.

Dakar 2018: Walkner scores KTM's 17th straight win

KTM rider Matthias Walkner has secured victory in the bike category of the 2018 Dakar Rally.

Dakar 2018: Casale seals dominant quad class win

Chilean rider Ignacio Casale has wrapped up a dominant second Dakar Rally victory in the quads category of the marathon's 2018 edition.

Dakar 2018, Stage 13: Sainz on verge of win, Peterhansel crashes

Carlos Sainz edged closer to his second Dakar Rally victory on the penultimate stage, but his Peugeot team is set to miss out on a one-two finish following a crash for Stephane Peterhansel.

Dakar 2018, Stage 13: Price sets pace, Walkner nears victory

Toby Price took his second consecutive win in the penultimate stage of the 2018 Dakar Rally's bike class, as his KTM teammate Matthias Walkner edged closer to the crown.

Sainz had to complete Dakar stage stuck in third gear

Dakar leader Carlos Sainz had to complete Thursday's stage stuck in third gear, after a gearbox problem threatened to derail his march towards victory.

Dakar 2018, Stage 12: Al-Attiyah quickest, Sainz closing on win

Toyota's Nasser Al-Attiyah beat Peugeot rival Stephane Peterhansel to top the longest timed special of the 2018 Dakar Rally, as Carlos Sainz edged closer to overall victory.

Peterhansel concedes Dakar victory hopes to Sainz

Stephane Peterhansel has given up on winning a 14th Dakar title, conceding that Peugeot teammate Carlos Sainz can't be caught over the final three stages.

Dakar cancels Stage 12 for bikes, quads

Dakar Rally organisers have cancelled Thursday’s 12th stage for both bikes and quads categories due to weather concerns.

Sainz has penalty rescinded for Dakar quad incident

Dakar Rally leader Carlos Sainz has had his 10-minute penalty rescinded, after Peugeot presented new evidence regarding his earlier run-in with quad rider Kees Koolen.

Dakar 2018, Stage 11: Price fastest, Walkner cruises

Toby Price picked up his first stage win of the 2018 Dakar Rally on Wednesday, as overall leader Matthias Walkner nursed his advantage at the head of the standings.

Dakar 2018, Stage 11: Ten Brinke quickest for Toyota

Toyota driver Bernhard ten Brinke topped the 11th stage of the 2018 Dakar Rally, as Peugeot duo Carlos Sainz and Stephane Peterhansel maintained the status quo in the fight for overall victory.

Barreda forced to withdraw from Dakar Rally

Honda rider and Dakar Rally bikes frontrunner Joan Barreda has been forced to drop out of the event.

Dakar 2018, Stage 10: Peterhansel wins, passes Al-Attiyah

Peugeot's Stephane Peterhansel topped the 10th stage of the 2018 Dakar Rally marathon, overhauling Nasser Al-Attiyah for second place behind Carlos Sainz in the general classification.

Dakar 2018, Stage 10: Walkner takes shock lead as rivals crumble

Matthias Walkner has become the favourite to win the 2018 Dakar Rally in the bike class after topping Stage 10, which saw Adrien van Beveren crash and four other contenders for overall victory get badly lost.

Koolen threatens criminal action over Sainz Dakar incident

Kees Koolen has launched an extraordinary tirade aimed at Carlos Sainz following the quad rider's alleged run-in with the Peugeot Sport driver on Saturday, with claims he'll make criminal charges after the event.

Sainz "disgusted" by Dakar penalty

Carlos Sainz says he is "disappointed and disgusted" by the 10-minute penalty he was handed for an alleged collision with a quad during Saturday's Dakar stage.

Dakar leader Sainz penalised for quad run-in

Dakar Rally leader Carlos Sainz has been penalised for an alleged collision with quad racer Kees Koolen.

Sainz under investigation for alleged quad incident

Dakar Rally leader Carlos Sainz is facing an investigation after a rider accused the Peugeot driver of having hit his quad during Saturday's stage.

Dakar 2018, Stage 8: Peterhansel quickest, Sainz in control

Reigning Dakar Rally champion Stephane Peterhansel beat Peugeot teammate Cyril Despres to top the eighth stage of the marathon's 2018 edition.

Dakar 2018, Stage 8: Meo outduels Brabec for win

Antoine Meo topped the longest stage of the 2018 Dakar Rally in the bike class as the gap between Adrien van Beveren and Kevin Benavides has shrunk to 22 seconds.

Dakar cancels Monday's Tupiza - Salta stage

The organisers of the 2018 Dakar Rally have cancelled Monday's stage due to poor weather conditions.

Frustrated Peterhansel explains costly Dakar accident

Peugeot's Stephane Peterhansel was left “pissed off” after the accident that took him out of the lead in the 2018 Dakar Rally, the Frenchman admitting he was “probably going too fast”.

Injury threatens Barreda's Dakar victory bid

Dakar 2018 frontrunner Joan Barreda sustained a knee injury in a crash during the rally's seven stage, with his Honda team not certain he can continue to battle at the front of the rally.

Dakar 2018, Stage 7: Sainz inherits large lead

Carlos Sainz has taken the lead in the 2018 Dakar Rally from Peugeot teammate Stephane Peterhansel, becoming the first driver to claim back-to-back stage wins in the event's car category.

Peterhansel loses Dakar lead after stoppage

Peugeot driver Stephane Peterhansel has lost his lead in the 2018 Dakar Rally due to a suspension problem that caused him to stop on the seventh stage of the event.

Dakar 2018, Stage 7: Barreda wins, van Beveren retakes lead

Joan Barreda notched up a third stage win of this year's Dakar Rally, as Adrien van Beveren reclaimed the outright lead in the bikes' category.

Up to 20 riders could still win Dakar, says Honda

As many as 20 riders could still win the 2018 Dakar Rally in the bikes class, according to Honda team manager Raul Castells.

Peterhansel: 2018 Dakar route reminiscent of Africa

Dakar Rally leader Stephane Peterhansel says this year's event is the hardest since it was relocated to South America, and has the spirit of the rally's African roots.

Dakar 2018, Stage 6: Sainz quickest ahead of rest day

Peugeot driver Carlos Sainz won the Arequipa – La Paz stage of the 2018 Dakar marathon, as the rally held its final test before the mid-event rest day.

Dakar 2018, Stage 6: Meo fastest, Benavides takes lead

Antoine Meo topped the shortened sixth stage of the 2018 Dakar Rally's bike class by half a minute as Honda's Kevin Benavides became the new leader of the category.

Peugeot boss hits back at "stupid" Toyota tyre gripe

Peugeot Sport director Bruno Famin says the Toyota drivers' complaints over not having an on-board tyre inflation/deflation system are "stupid".

Mini driver Al-Rajhi survives Dakar ocean scare

X-raid driver Yazeed Al-Rajhi had to be pulled from the Pacific Ocean during the fifth stage of the Dakar Rally, losing almost two hours as his Mini was almost washed out to sea.

Loeb fears last chance at Dakar glory has gone

Sebastien Loeb says his retirement from this year's Dakar means a final chance to win the gruelling event may have slipped through his fingers.

Dakar 2018, Stage 5: Loeb out as Peterhansel extends lead

Stephane Peterhansel was fastest on day five of the 2018 Dakar Rally, as fellow Peugeot driver Sebastien Loeb retired from the event.

Dakar 2018, Stage 5: Barreda dominates, van Beveren keeps lead

Honda rider Joan Barreda has cut 15 of his 22-minute gap to the lead of the 2018 Dakar Rally's bike class by dominating Stage 5.

Sainz says 2018 Dakar "too much" for amateur crews

Carlos Sainz says the Peruvian leg that has opened this year's Dakar Rally has been "too much" for amateur drivers, amid a host of early retirements from the gruelling event.

Toyota drivers say "unfair" inflation rule benefits Peugeot

Toyota drivers Nasser Al-Attiyah and Giniel de Villiers have both blamed a regulation prohibiting them for using an on-board tyre inflation/deflation system for their tough fourth day on the Dakar.

KTM chief says Sunderland felt “numb” after heavy landing

KTM team manager Alex Doringer has revealed the circumstances of the incident that put Dakar Rally bikes frontrunner Sam Sunderland out of the 2018 event.

Dakar 2018, Stage 4: Loeb fastest on attrition-heavy day

Sebastien Loeb saw off Peugeot teammate Carlos Sainz to win the fourth stage of the 2018 Dakar Rally, as Tuesday's timed test proved treacherous for several frontrunners in the car class.

Dakar 2018, Stage 4: Sunderland out, van Beveren leads

Yamaha's Adrian van Beveren has taken the lead of the 2018 Dakar Rally in the bikes category after winning a stage that claimed defending champion Sam Sunderland.

Roma sustains head and neck injuries in Dakar crash

X-raid Mini driver Nani Roma has sustained head and neck injuries in a crash during the third stage of the 2018 Dakar Rally, forcing him out of the event.

Dakar 2018, Stage 3: Al-Attiyah wins, drama for Hirvonen

Toyota driver Nasser Al-Attiyah picked up his second stage win of the 2018 Dakar Rally, as Mikko Hirvonen joined his fellow X-raid Mini buggy drivers in dropping out of contention.

Dakar 2018, Stage 3: Sunderland retakes lead, Barreda suffers

Sam Sunderland has retaken the lead of the 2018 Dakar Rally in the bikes category after winning the third stage, as overnight leader Joan Barreda lost considerable time.

Menzies accepts blame for massive Dakar shunt

Dakar rookie Bryce Menzies says it was his own 'terrible mistake' that led to the crash that destroyed his Mini buggy and left his co-driver Peter Mortensen with a broken ankle.

Dakar 2018, Stage 2: Barreda grabs bikes lead with win

Honda factory rider Joan Barreda was fastest on the second day of the 2018 Dakar Rally in the bikes category, and claimed the overall lead from defending champion Sam Sunderland.

Dakar 2018, Stage 2: Despres leads Peugeot fightback

Cyril Despres set the pace in the second stage of the 2018 Dakar Rally, as Peugeot locked out the top three positions.

Loeb laments “terrible” start to 2018 Dakar title bid

Sebastien Loeb has described his start to the 2018 Dakar Rally as “terrible” after brake problems left the Peugeot driver down in 29th place overall.

Dakar 2018, Stage 1: Al-Attiyah quickest, Loeb in brake trouble

Two-time Dakar Rally champion Nasser Al-Attiyah has topped the opening stage of the 2018 event, as Sebastien Loeb struggled with an early brake problem.

Dakar 2018, Stage 1: Sunderland opens title defence with win

Reigning champion Sam Sunderland topped the opening stage of the 2018 Dakar Rally in the bikes category, establishing an early lead of 32 seconds.

Toyota: Early Dakar stages key to beating Peugeot

Toyota Gazoo Racing team principal Glyn Hall believes his outfit will stand a good chance of toppling Peugeot in the 2018 Dakar Rally if it can keep up with the French marque during the opening leg in Peru.

Peugeot boss slams "unsportsmanlike" Dakar rule change

Peugeot Sport director Bruno Famin says a change in the Dakar regulations banning maps in the cars is "unsportsmanlike" and a ploy to derail the pre-event favourites.