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Reigning Dakar champion Benavides leaves Honda to join KTM

Newly-crowned Dakar Rally champion Kevin Benavides has left Honda to join KTM Factory Racing with immediate effect.

Audi explains decision to quit Formula E in favour of Dakar

Audi says a greater freedom to develop new technologies in the Dakar Rally was one of the key reasons why it quit Formula E to field an electric car in the rally-raid.

Audi reveals details of electric Dakar powertrain

Audi Sport has offered insights into the powertrain it will employ in its electric Dakar Rally challenger that will make its debut next year.

Loeb: "Loss of mutual trust" behind split with Elena

Nine-time World Rally Champion Sebastien Loeb says "a loss of mutual trust" between him and long-time co-driver Daniel Elena was behind their decision to split after 23 years together.

Loeb splits with co-driver Elena after 23-year partnership

Sebastien Loeb and long-term co-driver Daniel Elena have parted company after 23 years together.

Price awarded Medal of the Order of Australia

Toby Price has been included on the 2021 Australia Day Honours List.

The making of South America's first Dakar bikes champion

Kevin Benavides made Dakar Rally history on Friday by becoming the first South American rider to win the event on two wheels. This is the story of the Argentinian rider and his rise to the top.

Al-Attiyah not interested in Dakar return if rules don’t change

Toyota driver Nasser Al-Attiyah says he is "not interested" in returning to the Dakar Rally if the rules aren't changed to make the fight fair between buggies and 4x4s.

Peterhansel: Al-Attiyah lost Dakar 2021 due to "ego" Dakar
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Peterhansel: Al-Attiyah lost Dakar 2021 due to "ego"

Stephane Peterhansel has responded to the comments made by Nasser Al-Attiyah and believes the Toyota driver lost the 2021 Dakar Rally because he was too egoistic to win the Prologue. 

KTM's Sunderland faced "impossible" task on last stage Dakar
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KTM's Sunderland faced "impossible" task on last stage

KTM rider Sam Sunderland admits he faced an "impossible" task trying to overhaul Honda's Kevin Benavides on the final stage of the 2021 Dakar Rally while opening the road.

Peterhansel secures record 14th Dakar Rally title Dakar
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Peterhansel secures record 14th Dakar Rally title

Stephane Peterhansel has secured a record-extending 14th Dakar Rally title after winning the 2021 edition of the event in Saudi Arabia, beating Nasser Al-Attiyah and Carlos Sainz to the crown.

Dakar rider Cherpin dies from crash injuries

Dakar Rally organisers have confirmed that amateur rider Pierre Cherpin has passed away following his crash last Sunday. 

Benavides clinches Dakar Rally title for Honda Dakar
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Benavides clinches Dakar Rally title for Honda

Kevin Benavides clinched his first Dakar Rally title on Friday's 12th and final stage of the event, giving Honda back-to-back wins in the motorcycle class.

Dakar 2021, Stage 11: Peterhansel closes in on overall win Dakar
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Dakar 2021, Stage 11: Peterhansel closes in on overall win

Nasser Al-Attiyah secured a fifth stage win of the 2021 Dakar Rally on Thursday, but was unable to make a major dent in Stephane Peterhansel's lead ahead of Friday's showdown.

Dakar 2021, Stage 11: Sunderland slashes Benavides' lead Dakar
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Dakar 2021, Stage 11: Sunderland slashes Benavides' lead

KTM rider Sam Sunderland took a major chunk of time out of Dakar Rally leader Kevin Benavides on the penultimate stage, with four minutes splitting the pair heading into the final day.

Barreda runs out of fuel on penultimate Dakar stage Dakar
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Barreda runs out of fuel on penultimate Dakar stage

Honda rider Joan Barreda is out of the Dakar Rally after running out of fuel on Thursday's penultimate stage.

Dakar shortens penultimate stage due to bad weather

Stage 11 of the Dakar, the penultimate stage of the 2021 edition, has been shortened by 47 kilometres due to bad weather in the area.

Frustrated Al-Attiyah feels Dakar rules “too much in favour of buggies”
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Frustrated Al-Attiyah feels Dakar rules “too much in favour of buggies”

Nasser Al-Attiyah believes buggy competitors at the Dakar Rally have an inherent advantage over his Toyota Gazoo Racing squad ahead of the showdown in his victory battle with Stephane Peterhansel.

Dakar reveals ‘green bivouac’ plans for 2024

Dakar Rally organisers have presented plans for a cleaner future for the event focused on installing a ‘green bivouac’ and introducing an alternative energy category.

Dakar 2021, Stage 10: Al Rajhi wins, Al-Attiyah beats Peterhansel Dakar
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Dakar 2021, Stage 10: Al Rajhi wins, Al-Attiyah beats Peterhansel

Overdrive Toyota driver Yazeed Al Rajhi took top honours in Stage 10 of the Dakar Rally on Wednesday, as Nasser Al-Attiyah narrowly beat Stephane Peterhansel to second.

Dakar 2021, Stage 10: Benavides takes lead as Cornejo retires Dakar
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Dakar 2021, Stage 10: Benavides takes lead as Cornejo retires

Kevin Benavides moved into the lead of the Dakar Rally after overnight leader Jose Cornejo retired from the race following a crash on Wednesday's Stage 10.

Price broke collarbone in Dakar crash Dakar
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Price broke collarbone in Dakar crash

KTM rider Toby Price suffered a broken collarbone and extensive bruising in the crash that ended his Dakar Rally hopes on Tuesday.

Dakar 2021, Stage 9: Peterhansel wins as rivals hit trouble Dakar
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Dakar 2021, Stage 9: Peterhansel wins as rivals hit trouble

Stephane Peterhansel extended his lead in the 2021 Dakar Rally with a dominant victory in Stage 9, as Nasser Al-Attiyah and Carlos Sainz both hit trouble.

Brabec, Sunderland awarded time for aiding stricken Price Dakar
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Brabec, Sunderland awarded time for aiding stricken Price

Ricky Brabec and Sam Sunderland have both been retrospectively awarded time on Tuesday's ninth stage of the Dakar Rally after stopping to assist the injured Toby Price.

Dakar 2021, Stage 9: Cornejo lead grows after Price exit Dakar
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Dakar 2021, Stage 9: Cornejo lead grows after Price exit

Honda rider Jose Ignacio Cornejo took a step towards victory in the 2021 Dakar Rally's bikes class as he opened up a lead of more than 10 minutes in the wake of Toby Price's crash on the ninth stage.

Price airlifted to hospital after Dakar crash Dakar
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Price airlifted to hospital after Dakar crash

KTM rider Toby Price has been airlifted to hospital after crashing out of the 2021 Dakar Rally.

Loeb retires from 2021 Dakar Rally after latest issue

Nine-time World Rally champion Sebastien Loeb has retired from the 2021 Dakar Rally after failing to make it to the finish in Monday’s Stage 8.

Price surprised to complete stage on damaged tyre Dakar
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Price surprised to complete stage on damaged tyre

KTM rider Toby Price admits he is surprised that his damaged rear tyre held together on Monday's eighth stage of the 2021 Dakar Rally.

Dakar 2021, Stage 8: Al-Attiyah cuts gap to Peterhansel Dakar
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Dakar 2021, Stage 8: Al-Attiyah cuts gap to Peterhansel

Toyota driver Nasser Al-Attiyah closed the gap to his X-raid Mini rival Stephane Peterhansel with a fine victory in the eighth stage of the Dakar Rally.

Dakar legend Hubert Auriol passes away aged 68
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Dakar legend Hubert Auriol passes away aged 68

Hubert Auriol, a three-time winner of the Dakar Rally and the first person to win the legendary event on both two wheels and four, has died aged 68.

Dakar 2021, Stage 8: Cornejo stretches lead with victory

Honda rider Jose Ignacio Cornejo extended his Dakar Rally lead with his first victory of the 2021 edition on Monday's eighth stage.

Peterhansel "really lucky" to finish stage after double issue Dakar
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Peterhansel "really lucky" to finish stage after double issue

Stephane Peterhansel says he considers himself “really lucky” to have finished second in the seventh stage of the Dakar Rally after being hamstrung by two different technical issues.

Loeb focuses on development work after eight-hour stranding

Sebastien Loeb has switched focus to development running and supporting Bahrain Raid Xtreme teammate Nani Roma after his Dakar Rally was wrecked by an eight-hour stop with broken suspension.

Dakar organisers 'not making roadbook difficult on purpose'

Dakar Rally director David Castera has responded to criticism from competitors about this year’s roadbook and insists the alterations haven’t been made to “make things difficult on purpose”.

Dakar 2021, Stage 7: Al-Rajhi wins, Peterhansel extends lead Dakar
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Dakar 2021, Stage 7: Al-Rajhi wins, Peterhansel extends lead

Overdrive Toyota driver Yazeed Al-Rajhi overcame the X-raid Mini of Stephane Peterhansel to claim a first stage win in the 2021 Dakar Rally on Sunday.

Dakar 2021, Stage 7: Brabec scores first win, Cornejo leads Dakar
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Dakar 2021, Stage 7: Brabec scores first win, Cornejo leads

Ricky Brabec scored his first stage win of the 2021 Dakar Rally as the event resumed on Sunday, while Honda teammate Jose Ignacio Cornejo snatched the lead from KTM rival Toby Price.

Loeb: Dakar 2021 "a race of co-drivers, not drivers"

Sebastien Loeb believes the navigational challenges posed to the crews in the 2021 Dakar Rally has taken the emphasis away from the drivers and made it a “race of co-drivers.”

Price: Halfway Dakar lead 'doesn't mean anything'

KTM rider Toby Price says that holding the lead of the Dakar Rally at the halfway stage of the event "does not mean one thing".

Dakar 2021, Stage 6: Mini driver Sainz takes dominant win Dakar
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Dakar 2021, Stage 6: Mini driver Sainz takes dominant win

Carlos Sainz clawed back some of the deficit to 2021 Dakar Rally leader Stephane Peterhansel after being unchallenged for victory in Friday’s sixth stage.

Dakar 2021, Stage 6: Barreda wins, Price leads at halfway Dakar
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Dakar 2021, Stage 6: Barreda wins, Price leads at halfway

KTM rider Toby Price leads the 2021 Dakar Rally at the halfway point, while Joan Barreda scored his third stage win of the event so far on Friday's shortened sixth stage.

Loeb stranded in stage after broken suspension arm Dakar
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Loeb stranded in stage after broken suspension arm

Sebastien Loeb’s hopes of a strong finish on his return to the Dakar Rally received a major blow on Friday when he broke a suspension arm on his Prodrive-built BRX1 contender.

Dakar Stage 6 shortened, delayed Dakar
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Dakar Stage 6 shortened, delayed

Dakar organisers have elected to shorten the sixth stage of the event by 100 kilometres and delay its start by 90 minutes.

Dakar stewards explain penalty which left Loeb furious Dakar
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Dakar stewards explain penalty which left Loeb furious

ASO has explained the reasoning behind the penalty handed to Sebastien Loeb in the 2021 Dakar Rally after the Frenchman labelled the stewards “incompetent” over their decision.

Sainz fed up after navigational drama: "This isn't the Dakar" Dakar
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Sainz fed up after navigational drama: "This isn't the Dakar"

Carlos Sainz has lashed out at this year’s Dakar Rally roadbook after getting lost for the second time in three days, saying he is “fed up” and the event doesn’t feel like a true rally-raid.

Dakar 2021, Stage 5: De Villiers wins, Peterhansel gets away Dakar
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Dakar 2021, Stage 5: De Villiers wins, Peterhansel gets away

Toyota driver Giniel de Villiers bounced back from a tough start to the 2021 Dakar Rally to win Thursday’s fifth stage, as Stephane Peterhansel extended his lead over Nasser Al-Attiyah.

Dakar 2021, Stage 5: Benavides takes overall lead with win Dakar
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Dakar 2021, Stage 5: Benavides takes overall lead with win

Honda rider Kevin Benavides became the sixth different outright leader of the motorcycle category in the 2021 Dakar Rally after grabbing his first stage win of the Saudi Arabian event.

Loeb slams stewards over Dakar Rally speeding penalty Dakar
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Loeb slams stewards over Dakar Rally speeding penalty

Sebastien Loeb has reacted furiously to the speeding penalty given to him by stewards after Stage 4 of the 2021 Dakar Rally, saying “there is no room for incompetence or incompetents”.

Peterhansel: High average speed making Dakar "dangerous"

Stephane Peterhansel says the Dakar Rally has become “kind of dangerous” in 2021 due to high average speeds witnessed in the deserts of Saudi Arabia.

Hero rider Santosh "resuscitated" by rival after Dakar crash Dakar
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Hero rider Santosh "resuscitated" by rival after Dakar crash

Husqvarna’s Paul Spierings has revealed that he had to "resuscitate" Hero’s CS Santosh after the Indian rider suffered a huge crash on Wednesday’s fourth stage of the 2021 Dakar Rally.

Dakar 2021, Stage 4: Al-Attiyah beats Peterhansel to win Dakar
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Dakar 2021, Stage 4: Al-Attiyah beats Peterhansel to win

Toyota star Nasser Al-Attiyah scored his third consecutive stage victory of the 2021 Dakar Rally on Wednesday, narrowly beating overall leader Stephane Peterhansel of X-raid Mini.

Dakar 2021, Stage 4: Barreda wins, de Soultrait grabs lead Dakar
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Dakar 2021, Stage 4: Barreda wins, de Soultrait grabs lead

Honda rider Joan Barreda scored his second stage victory of the 2021 Dakar Rally on Wednesday’s fourth test to move up to second in the overall standings behind new leader Xavier de Soultrait.

Dakar to “change procedures” after water found in fuel Dakar
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Dakar to “change procedures” after water found in fuel

Dakar Rally organisers are set to “change procedures” after water contaminated the fuel supply given to the motorbike class on Monday, which resulted in the retirement of frontrunner Andrew Short.

Sainz explains huge time loss after Dakar navigation error Dakar
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Sainz explains huge time loss after Dakar navigation error

Defending Dakar Rally champion Carlos Sainz Sr lost over half an hour on the third stage of the 2021 event due to a navigation problem having got “stuck on a point”.

Brabec frustrated by Dakar "rubber band effect" Dakar
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Brabec frustrated by Dakar "rubber band effect"

Reigning Dakar Rally champion Ricky Brabec has admitted "some frustration" at the back-and-forth nature of the early stages of the 2021 edition.

Al-Attiyah targets “two key stages” to secure Dakar win

Nasser Al-Attiyah is focusing on the fifth and sixth stages of the Dakar Rally which he feels will be vital to his victory hopes after a second successive stage win.

Dakar 2021, Stage 3: Al-Attiyah closes gap to Peterhansel Dakar
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Dakar 2021, Stage 3: Al-Attiyah closes gap to Peterhansel

Toyota’s Nasser Al-Attiyah nearly halved the deficit to Stephane Peterhansel after claiming a second successive stage victory in Tuesday’s third test of Dakar Rally.

Dakar 2021, Stage 3: Price wins again, Howes takes lead Dakar
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Dakar 2021, Stage 3: Price wins again, Howes takes lead

Toby Price scored his second stage win of the 2021 Dakar Rally on Tuesday's third stage, as American privateer Skyler Howes took the lead in the overall classification.

Contaminated fuel responsible for Short's Dakar exit

Yamaha's factory Dakar Rally team has confirmed that contaminated fuel was the cause for Andrew Short's retirement on Monday's second stage of the 2021 edition.

Organisers investigate Short’s exit after refuelling stop Dakar
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Organisers investigate Short’s exit after refuelling stop

Both Yamaha and Dakar Rally organisers are investigating the retirement of Andrew Short on Day 2 of the 2021 event, to ascertain whether the fuel supply became contaminated by water on Monday’s stage.

Price relaxed after losing 32 minutes to Barreda Dakar
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Price relaxed after losing 32 minutes to Barreda

KTM rider Toby Price says he isn't alarmed to have lost 32 minutes to Honda rival Joan Barreda on the second stage of the Dakar Rally, even though he admits the margin looks bad "on paper".