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Brabec's journey from rough diamond to Dakar champion

In five years, Honda rider Ricky Brabec has gone from a Baja rider little-known outside of his native California to America's first Dakar Rally winner. We spoke to the man who oversaw this remarkable transformation.

Top 10 Dakar Rally competitors of 2020

Motorsport.com ranks the standout performers of the first-ever Dakar Rally to be held in Saudi Arabia.

Sainz proud to have surmounted Mini "handicap"

Dakar Rally winner Carlos Sainz Sr says he is "proud" that he managed to overcome the "handicap" that his X-raid Mini faced relative to Toyota.

KTM: Seeing Dakar streak snapped was "painful"

KTM rally team manager Jordi Viladoms admits seeing the Austrian marque's 18-year winning streak on the Dakar Rally come to an end this year was a "painful" experience.

Al-Attiyah: Dakar 2020 regs were "not fair"

Toyota driver Nasser Al-Attiyah believes the current Dakar Rally regulations are "not fair" towards four-wheel-drive cars, and expects the balance to be addressed for 2021.

Dutch rider in critical condition after Dakar Rally crash

Dutch Dakar Rally competitor Edwin Straver remains in critical condition after having crashed in the penultimate stage of the marathon's 2020 edition.

Currie takes 2020 Dakar SxS title

American driver Casey Currie has prevailed in the SxS class of the 2020 Dakar Rally, winning the marathon on his second attempt.

Kamaz scores Dakar 1-2 led by Karginov

Russian truck manufacturer Kamaz celebrated its 17th Dakar Rally victory in 2020, as Andrey Karginov became a two-time champion of the event.

Sainz wins 2020 Dakar Rally for X-raid Mini, Alonso 13th Dakar
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Sainz wins 2020 Dakar Rally for X-raid Mini, Alonso 13th

Carlos Sainz has secured his third Dakar Rally victory in the 2020 edition of the event, held in Saudi Arabia for the first time ever.

Casale seals dominant third Dakar quad title

Ignacio Casale took his third Dakar Rally title in the quad class on his return to the category as rookie Arkadiusz Lindner took his maiden stage win.

Brabec wins Dakar 2020 as Honda ends KTM's streak Dakar
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Brabec wins Dakar 2020 as Honda ends KTM's streak

Ricky Brabec has taken Honda's first Dakar Rally title since 1989, ending KTM's streak of 18 consecutive wins in the bike category.

Al-Attiyah, Peterhansel concede defeat to Sainz Dakar
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Al-Attiyah, Peterhansel concede defeat to Sainz

Nasser Al-Attiyah and Stephane Peterhansel have conceded defeat in the 2020 Dakar Rally victory battle ahead of the final stage, with Peterhansel having "his fingers crossed" for his teammate Carlos Sainz.

Dakar's final stage shortened to 166km

The final stage of the Dakar Rally on Friday will be shortened due to the construction of gas pipelines in the planned route.

Dakar 2020, Stage 11: Sainz's lead reduced ahead of finale Dakar
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Dakar 2020, Stage 11: Sainz's lead reduced ahead of finale

Stephane Peterhansel set the pace in the penultimate stage of the 2020 Dakar Rally, but X-raid Mini stablemate Carlos Sainz retains a healthy if reduced lead ahead of the marathon's finale.

Dakar 2020, Stage 11: Quintanilla cuts into Brabec's lead Dakar
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Dakar 2020, Stage 11: Quintanilla cuts into Brabec's lead

Husqvarna’s Pablo Quintanilla nearly halved the deficit to long-time Dakar Rally leader Ricky Brabec with victory in the penultimate stage of the rally-raid on Thursday.

Alonso defiant over stage win chase after double roll Dakar
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Alonso defiant over stage win chase after double roll

Fernando Alonso says he has no regrets over forgoing a cautious finish to the 2020 Dakar Rally, after a roll on Wednesday likely cost him a top-10 result.

Dakar 2020, Stage 10: Sainz takes commanding lead Dakar
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Dakar 2020, Stage 10: Sainz takes commanding lead

X-raid Mini driver Carlos Sainz has taken a commanding lead in the 2020 edition of the Dakar Rally after topping the 10th stage, which was suspended before the halfway point.

Dakar 2020, Stage 10: Barreda tops shortened day Dakar
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Dakar 2020, Stage 10: Barreda tops shortened day

Honda rider Joan Barreda led Ricky Brabec in Stage 10 of the Dakar Rally, which was shortened due to weather conditions.

Alonso rolls Toyota on 10th Dakar stage Dakar
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Alonso rolls Toyota on 10th Dakar stage

Fernando Alonso's Toyota Hilux has been damaged in a double rollover during the 10th stage of the Dakar Rally.

Toyota: Dakar Mini duel "much bigger" than expected Dakar
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Toyota: Dakar Mini duel "much bigger" than expected

Toyota Gazoo Racing team boss Glyn Hall says he and his driver Nasser Al-Attiyah have “a much bigger fight” on their hands against X-raid Mini in the 2020 Dakar Rally than they had expected before the marathon.

Dakar 2020, Stage 9: Al-Attiyah wipes out Sainz's lead Dakar
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Dakar 2020, Stage 9: Al-Attiyah wipes out Sainz's lead

X-raid Mini driver Stephane Peterhansel recorded his third stage win of the 2020 Dakar Rally, as Nasser Al-Attiyah closed in on rally leader Carlos Sainz.

Dakar 2020, Stage 9: Quintanilla quickest from Price Dakar
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Dakar 2020, Stage 9: Quintanilla quickest from Price

Pablo Quintanilla took his and Husqvarna's first stage win of the 2020 Dakar Rally as overall leader Ricky Brabec gave up fewer than four minutes of his advantage.

Watch: Dakar competitors pay respects to Paulo Goncalves Dakar
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Watch: Dakar competitors pay respects to Paulo Goncalves

The competitors’ briefing at the Dakar Rally on Sunday night was transformed into a ceremony to allow event organisers and competitors to pay their respects to Paulo Goncalves, who was killed earlier that day.

Alonso has "exceeded all kinds of goals" in first Dakar

Fernando Alonso says he has already "exceeded all kinds of personal goals" for his first Dakar Rally, after taking second place in the eighth stage of the marathon.