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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.

Yamaha's van Beveren lost his cool after missing waypoint

Adrien van Beveren admits he got "cross" after suffering early navigational woes at the start of the Dakar Rally's penultimate stage, as his hopes of delivering Yamaha a long-awaited win took a major hit.

Dakar 2022, Stage 11: Sunderland retakes lead ahead of final day Dakar
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Dakar 2022, Stage 11: Sunderland retakes lead ahead of final day

Sam Sunderland will lead the Dakar Rally's bikes contest heading into the final day after narrowly missing out on winning the penultimate stage of the rally to Kevin Benavides.

Loeb 'cannot do more' to beat Al-Attiyah to Dakar win

Sebastien Loeb has admitted that he ‘cannot do more’ to beat Toyota’s Nasser Al-Attiyah to a maiden Dakar Rally win as the event enters its final two days.

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.

Dakar 2022, Stage 10: Peterhansel wins, Loeb closes on Al-Attiyah Dakar
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Dakar 2022, Stage 10: Peterhansel wins, Loeb closes on Al-Attiyah

Stephane Peterhansel scored Audi’s third stage victory of the 2022 Dakar Rally on Wednesday, as Sebastien Loeb gained more time on overall leader Nasser Al-Attiyah by finishing fifth.

Dakar 2022, Stage 10: Van Beveren retakes lead as Price wins Dakar
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Dakar 2022, Stage 10: Van Beveren retakes lead as Price wins

Yamaha rider Adrien van Beveren has moved back into the lead of the 2022 Dakar Rally with two stages to run, as KTM's Toby Price came out on top in Wednesday's test.

Reigning champion Benavides retires from Dakar Rally Dakar
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Reigning champion Benavides retires from Dakar Rally

Reigning Dakar Rally champion Kevin Benavides has retired from the event following a mechanical problem with his KTM during Wednesday's 10th stage.

Dakar leader Al-Attiyah hit by belated FIA seat belt penalty

The Dakar Rally’s FIA stewards have imposed a five-minute penalty on event leader Nasser Al-Attiyah over 24 hours after a seat belt infringement occurred during Monday’s Stage 8.

Dakar 2022, Stage 9: De Villiers leads Toyota 1-2-3, Loeb fifth Dakar
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Dakar 2022, Stage 9: De Villiers leads Toyota 1-2-3, Loeb fifth

Toyota enjoyed its strongest showing of the 2022 Dakar Rally in Stage 9 as Giniel de Villiers led a 1-2-3 finish for the Japanese manufacturer ahead of Henk Lategan and overall leader Nasser Al-Attiyah.

Dakar 2022, Stage 9: Cornejo wins, Walkner moves into lead Dakar
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Dakar 2022, Stage 9: Cornejo wins, Walkner moves into lead

Honda rider Jose Ignacio Cornejo picked up his second stage victory of the 2022 Dakar Rally on Tuesday, as KTM’s Matthias Walkner capitalised on Sam Sunderland’s struggles to move into the overall lead.

Loeb escapes penalty for lost spare wheel in Dakar Stage 8 Dakar
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Loeb escapes penalty for lost spare wheel in Dakar Stage 8

The FIA has decided not to penalise Sebastien Loeb for losing a spare wheel during Monday's Stage 8 of the Dakar Rally.

Al-Attiyah “really lucky” to finish Dakar stage after mechanical scare Dakar
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Al-Attiyah “really lucky” to finish Dakar stage after mechanical scare

Nasser Al-Attiyah says he is “really lucky” to finish the Stage 8 and retain the lead of the Dakar Rally after suffering a mechanical scare with a broken rear differential.

Dakar 2022, Stage 8: Ekstrom wins for Audi, Al-Attiyah struggles Dakar
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Dakar 2022, Stage 8: Ekstrom wins for Audi, Al-Attiyah struggles

Mattias Ekstrom claimed Audi’s second stage victory of the 2022 Dakar Rally on Monday, while a troubled day for Nasser Al-Attiyah allowed Sebastien Loeb to close the gap further in the overall standings.

Dakar 2022, Stage 8: Sunderland retakes lead with victory Dakar
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Dakar 2022, Stage 8: Sunderland retakes lead with victory

GasGas rider Sam Sunderland retook the overall lead in the Dakar Rally's bikes competition on Monday as he picked up a first stage win of the event.

Dakar 2022, Stage 7: Loeb wins to cut into Al-Attiyah's advantage Dakar
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Dakar 2022, Stage 7: Loeb wins to cut into Al-Attiyah's advantage

Sebastien Loeb claimed his second stage victory of the 2022 Dakar Rally on Sunday to reduce the deficit to Toyota’s Nasser Al-Attiyah in the overall standings.

Sunderland frustrated to lose 26 minutes on "casino" stage Dakar
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Sunderland frustrated to lose 26 minutes on "casino" stage

Long-time Dakar Rally leader Sam Sunderland admits he found it "frustrating" to lose almost 26 minutes on a stage he labelled as a "casino" in terms of navigation.

Dakar 2022, Stage 7: Van Beveren takes overall lead, Cornejo wins Dakar
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Dakar 2022, Stage 7: Van Beveren takes overall lead, Cornejo wins

Yamaha rider Adrien van Beveren moved into the overall lead of the Dakar Rally's bikes contest on Stage 7, as Jose Ignacio Cornejo took victory and overnight leader Sam Sunderland struggled.

GCK Motorsport unveils hydrogen prototype for 2024 Dakar Rally

Green Corp Konnection has showcased its new hydrogen prototype with which it hopes to contest the Dakar Rally in 2024.

Sanders out of Dakar after liaison section crash Dakar
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Sanders out of Dakar after liaison section crash

GasGas rider Daniel Sanders is out of the Dakar Rally after crashing during the liaison section on his way to the start of Sunday's seventh stage of the event.

De Villiers: Death threats after Dakar bike crashes "upsetting"

Toyota driver Giniel de Villiers says it was “upsetting” to receive online abuse and death threats after he was involved in two bike incidents in the opening days of the 2022 Dakar Rally.

Al-Attiyah: 2022 Dakar regulations have made my life easier

Toyota driver Nasser Al-Attiyah says the new regulations for the 2022 Dakar Rally have “made my life easier”, believing he now has a fair chance at a fourth career win.

FIA dismisses Sainz's complaints about Audi Dakar disadvantage

The president of FIA’s cross-country commission Jutta Kleinschmidt has refuted Carlos Sainz’s suggestion that Audi’s electric car has been “penalised” in the 2022 Dakar Rally.

Organisers have no plans to stop Dakar despite French minister comments

Dakar Rally director David Castera insists the organisation has no intention to cancel the 44th edition of the event despite comments from France's Foreign Minister.

Toyota wins appeal against five-hour Dakar penalty for de Villiers Dakar
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Toyota wins appeal against five-hour Dakar penalty for de Villiers

Toyota Gazoo Racing has successfully appealed against the five-hour time penalty Giniel de Villiers received for hitting a motorbike during the second stage of the Dakar Rally.

Dakar 2022, Stage 6: Sanders wins, Sunderland leads into rest day Dakar
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Dakar 2022, Stage 6: Sanders wins, Sunderland leads into rest day

Daniel Sanders picked up his second full-length stage win of the 2022 Dakar Rally on Friday as his GasGas teammate Sam Sunderland finished second to maintain a small lead heading into Saturday's rest day.

Dakar 2022, Stage 6: Terranova wins, drama for Loeb Dakar
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Dakar 2022, Stage 6: Terranova wins, drama for Loeb

Orlando Terranova won the sixth stage of the 2022 Dakar Rally for the Prodrive-run Bahrain team, while Nasser Al-Attiyah extended his overall advantage despite finishing only 10th.

French minister considering cancelling Dakar after car explosion Dakar
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French minister considering cancelling Dakar after car explosion

France's Foreign Minister says the country is considering cancelling the 2022 Dakar Rally following a car explosion in the run-up to this year's event.

Petrucci “wanted to kill” camel that almost cost him Dakar stage win Dakar
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Petrucci “wanted to kill” camel that almost cost him Dakar stage win

Ex-MotoGP rider Danilo Petrucci says he “wanted to kill” the camel that caused a crash in the Dakar Rally that almost cost him his historic stage five win on Thursday.

Petrucci takes maiden Dakar stage win after Price penalty Dakar
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Petrucci takes maiden Dakar stage win after Price penalty

Ex-MotoGP racer Danilo Petrucci has been declared the winner of the Dakar Rally's fifth stage after Toby Price was handed a penalty for speeding.

Dakar 2022, Stage 5: Lategan beats Loeb to win, Al-Attiyah eighth Dakar
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Dakar 2022, Stage 5: Lategan beats Loeb to win, Al-Attiyah eighth

Toyota driver Henk Lategan beat WRC legend Sebastien Loeb to claim his maiden stage win in the Dakar Rally on Thursday, as overall leader Nasser Al-Attiyah struggled to eighth.

Dakar 2022, Stage 5: Price beats Petrucci to victory Dakar
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Dakar 2022, Stage 5: Price beats Petrucci to victory

Two-time Dakar Rally champion Toby Price earned his first stage win of the 2022 edition on Thursday, leading home fellow KTM rider and ex-MotoGP racer Danilo Petrucci.

De Villiers gets five-hour Dakar penalty for second motorcyclist incident Dakar
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De Villiers gets five-hour Dakar penalty for second motorcyclist incident

Giniel de Villiers has received a five-hour penalty in the Dakar Rally overall standings, leaving him out of the battle for victory after a second incident with a motorcyclist.

Dakar 2022, Stage 4: Al-Attiyah wins after late trouble for Sainz Dakar
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Dakar 2022, Stage 4: Al-Attiyah wins after late trouble for Sainz

Nasser Al-Attiyah extended his advantage in the 2022 Dakar Rally with victory in Stage 4, as rivals Yazeed Al Rajhi and Carlos Sainz hit trouble late in the stage.

Dakar 2022, Stage 4: Barreda wins again as Petrucci stars Dakar
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Dakar 2022, Stage 4: Barreda wins again as Petrucci stars

Honda rider Joan Barreda became the first repeat stage winner of the 2022 Dakar Rally on Wednesday, while Danilo Petrucci put on a starring performance to finish third.

French anti-terror agency to investigate Dakar Rally blast

The French anti-terrorist prosecutor's office has opened an investigation into the explosion that seriously injured a driver before the start of the Dakar Rally in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Lost personal belongings dashed Petrucci’s Dakar hopes

Ex-MotoGP rider Danilo Petrucci revealed he was unable to fix the bike issue which effectively knocked him out of the running at the Dakar Rally because he lost his phone.

Dakar 2022, Stage 3: Sainz scores first win for electric Audi Dakar
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Dakar 2022, Stage 3: Sainz scores first win for electric Audi

Carlos Sainz claimed Audi’s maiden stage victory in the Dakar Rally on Tuesday, while Nasser Al-Attiyah extended his lead in the overall standings despite finishing only eighth.

Audi won't appeal against Dakar roadbook after Stage 1 controversy Dakar
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Audi won't appeal against Dakar roadbook after Stage 1 controversy

Audi has decided not to appeal against the roadbook for the opening stage of Dakar Rally after Carlos Sainz lost more than two hours searching for the correct route.

De Villiers hit with Dakar penalty after bike rider collision

Toyota Gazoo Racing driver Giniel de Villiers hit with five-minute penalty for a Dakar Rally incident involving a motorcyclist, and is under investigation for a second.

Dakar 2022, Stage 3: Rodrigues wins, Sunderland still leads Dakar
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Dakar 2022, Stage 3: Rodrigues wins, Sunderland still leads

Hero MotoSports rider Joaquim Rodrigues scored his first-ever Dakar Rally stage victory on Tuesday, while GasGas man Sam Sunderland held on to the overall lead.

Dakar 2022 leader Al-Attiyah fined for breach of rules Dakar
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Dakar 2022 leader Al-Attiyah fined for breach of rules

Dakar Rally leader Nasser Al-Attiyah has been hit with a €5,000 fine and a suspended disqualification for failing to connect the data logger to his Toyota.

Third Dakar stage shortened due to flooding

Today's third stage of the Dakar Rally has been shortened due to flooding.

Dakar 2022, Stage 2: Loeb wins as Al-Attiyah holds overall lead Dakar
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Dakar 2022, Stage 2: Loeb wins as Al-Attiyah holds overall lead

Nine-time World Rally champion Sebastien Loeb claimed victory in the second stage of the Dakar Rally to cut the gap to overnight leader Nasser Al-Attiyah.

Dakar 2022, Stage 2: Barreda wins, Sunderland takes overall lead Dakar
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Dakar 2022, Stage 2: Barreda wins, Sunderland takes overall lead

Honda rider Joan Barreda claimed victory in the second stage of the 2022 Dakar Rally on Monday, as GasGas rival Sam Sunderland finished second to move into the overall lead.

Why did Stage 1 of Dakar 2022 unleash chaos? Dakar
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Why did Stage 1 of Dakar 2022 unleash chaos?

The 2022 Dakar Rally began in earnest on Sunday with a tricky first stage in Saudi Arabia, but the roadbook again came under fire for a lack of clarity. Competitors and rally organiser ASO explain what happened.

Dakar 2022, Stage 1: Al-Attiyah eases to win, disaster for Audi Dakar
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Dakar 2022, Stage 1: Al-Attiyah eases to win, disaster for Audi

Toyota driver Nasser Al-Attiyah cruised to victory in the opening stage of the 2022 Dakar Rally, as Audi endured a disastrous day in Saudi Arabia with its electric RS Q e-tron challenger.

Dakar drops 'marathon' stage rule after heavy rain Dakar
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Dakar drops 'marathon' stage rule after heavy rain

The second and third stages of the 2022 Dakar Rally will no longer run to 'marathon' rules after heavy rain in Saudi Arabia.