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Roma joins Prodrive-run Bahrain squad for Dakar

The new Prodrive-run Bahrain Raid Xtreme Team has announced Nani Roma as its first driver for the 2021 Dakar Rally.

Price returning to Europe despite Dakar doubt

Toby Price will return to Europe to prepare for the 2021 Dakar next week, despite lingering uncertainty over whether the event will go ahead.

Peterhansel gives up on husband-wife Dakar dream

Dakar Rally legend Stephane Peterhansel has abandoned ambitions of contesting the rally-raid with his wife as his co-driver next year.

Prodrive wants to be seen as "potential" Dakar winner

Prodrive says it will be "disappointed" if its rivals don't perceive it as a "potential winner" when it makes its Dakar debut next year under the Bahrain Raid Xtreme banner.

Prodrive reveals details of 2021 Dakar challenger

Prodrive and the Kingdom of Bahrain have revealed the details of the car with which they will enter the 2021 Dakar Rally under the Bahrain Raid Xtreme banner.

Dakar reveals 2021 route, no new countries added

The ASO has announced that the Dakar Rally will run entirely in Saudi Arabia for a second successive year in 2021, but on a route that is “100 percent new” compared to last year's.

Dakar winner Price eyeing Bathurst 1000 start

Two-time Dakar winner Toby Price says he has a Bathurst 1000 start on his bucket list.

Dakar may shelve plans to add more 2021 countries

The Dakar Rally could be forced to shelve plans to add extra countries to its route for its 2021 running as a result of the global coronavirus pandemic.

2WD cars could be out of top Dakar class after FIA ruling

The FIA Cross-Country Commission has announced that four-wheel drive cars will form the top category of major international cross-country rallies from 2023.

Prodrive to contest 2021 Dakar Rally

World Rally Championship-winning outfit Prodrive has entered into a joint venture with the Kingdom of Bahrain to develop a new car to contest the Dakar Rally in 2021.

Rider Straver dies after Dakar 2020 accident

Dutch motorcycle rider Edwin Straver has passed away aged 48 after his accident in the 2020 Dakar Rally.

Ickx convinced Alonso can win Dakar in future

Jacky Ickx believes Fernando Alonso has the talent to eventually win the Dakar Rally, following the two-time Formula 1 champion's first outing in the legendary off-road event.

Dakar enters talks to add second country for 2021

Dakar Rally organiser ASO says it is ramping up efforts to expand the event beyond Saudi Arabia's borders in 2021.

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.

Alonso: Dakar Rally return would be to win
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Alonso: Dakar Rally return would be to win

Fernando Alonso says he would only return to the Dakar Rally with the aim to win, after finishing 13th on his debut in 2020.

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.

Dakar stewards issue warning to cross-country champion

The Dakar Rally stewards have issued a “public warning” to Mini crew Vladimir Vasilyev and Vitaly Yevtyekhov over the alleged use of “forbidden roadbook annotations” during the 2020 edition.

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.

Price recounts ‘longest eight minutes’ aiding Goncalves Dakar
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Price recounts ‘longest eight minutes’ aiding Goncalves

KTM rider Toby Price says the eight minutes he spent waiting for the medical helicopter to arrive at the scene of Paulo Goncalves’ fatal Dakar Rally crash were the “longest of my life".

Dakar 2020, Stage 8: Serradori beats Alonso to maiden win Dakar
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Dakar 2020, Stage 8: Serradori beats Alonso to maiden win

Mathieu Serradori edged Fernando Alonso to top the eighth stage of the 2020 Dakar Rally, amid a low-key showing for the marathon's leading contenders.

Goncalves' team Hero withdraws from Dakar Dakar
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Goncalves' team Hero withdraws from Dakar

Indian manufacturer Hero has pulled out of the Dakar Rally following the death of its star rider Paulo Goncalves in Sunday’s seventh stage.

Dakar organisers cancel Monday’s stage for bikes and quads

Organisers of the Dakar Rally have decided to cancel Monday’s stage for motorbike and quad bike competitors, following the crash on Sunday’s seventh stage of the Saudi Arabian endurance event that led to the death of motorbike veteran Paulo Goncalves.

Alonso felt “frozen” as Dakar competitors react to fatal crash

Competitors in the Dakar Rally have given their reactions to the death of veteran bike rider Paulo Goncalves, who passed away following a crash on Sunday’s seventh stage of the Saudi Arabian endurance event.

Benavides awarded win after stopping for Goncalves

Kevin Benavides has been awarded victory on the seventh stage of the Dakar Rally after stopping to assist Paulo Goncalves following the Portuguese rider's fatal crash.

Dakar 2020, Stage 7: Sainz tops longest test Dakar
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Dakar 2020, Stage 7: Sainz tops longest test

X-raid Mini driver Carlos Sainz has scored his third stage win of the 2020 Dakar Rally to further extend his advantage in the general classification.

Dakar 2020, Stage 7: Barreda scores first victory

Honda rider Joan Barreda picked up his first stage win of the 2020 Dakar Rally as action resumed after the rest day on Sunday, while Ricky Brabec maintained a comfortable lead.

Veteran rider Goncalves dies in Dakar accident

Veteran Dakar Rally rider Paulo Goncalves has passed away following a crash on Sunday's seventh stage of the 2020 event in Saudi Arabia.

Peterhansel: Dakar has recaptured "spirit of Africa"

Dakar Rally legend Stephane Peterhansel believes the event's move to Saudi Arabia for 2020 has allowed it to recapture the “spirit of Africa”.

Brabec "riding my butt off" to get revenge for Dakar '19

Ricky Brabec says he has been “riding my butt off” in the 2020 Dakar Rally to get revenge for a heartbreaking retirement in last year’s marathon.

Al-Attiyah wants Button to join Alonso in future Dakar

Reigning Dakar Rally champion Nasser Al-Attiyah believes rookie Fernando Alonso has proven competitive enough to return to the race in the future, and hopes he is joined by fellow ex-Formula 1 drivers like Jenson Button.

Toyota "can't compete" against Mini buggy's speed

Toyota claims its Hilux 4x4 "can't compete" with the X-raid-built Mini John Cooper Works Buggy on the Dakar Rally and that a rule change is needed to level the playing field between the two cars.

Honda has "much better cards" for Dakar win than KTM

Matthias Walkner believes Honda has “much better cards” for the second half of the Dakar Rally than KTM following its impressive start to the 2020 event.

Dakar 2020, Stage 6: Sainz increases lead further Dakar
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Dakar 2020, Stage 6: Sainz increases lead further

Stephane Peterhansel has scored X-raid Mini's fourth consecutive stage win of the 2020 Dakar Rally, while Carlos Sainz heads into the rest day as the marathon leader.

Dakar 2020, Stage 6: Brabec extends lead, Price drops back Dakar
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Dakar 2020, Stage 6: Brabec extends lead, Price drops back

Honda rider Ricky Brabec completed the first half of the 2020 Dakar Rally with a second stage win and an advantage of more than 20 minutes overall, as Toby Price hit trouble.

Ken Block to drive XE prototype on final Dakar stage

Off-road star Ken Block will sample the Extreme E Odyssey 21 prototype on the final stage of the 2020 Dakar Rally.

Watch: Rivals stop to help injured rider Sunderland Dakar
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Watch: Rivals stop to help injured rider Sunderland

The biggest news from the Dakar Rally today was former bike class winner Sam Sunderland’s painful fall, which has forced him out of the event with back and shoulder injuries. In our highlights video above, it shows many of Sunderland’s rivals stop to help before the medical helicopter arrives, which then airlifts him to hospital.

Dakar 2020, Stage 5: Sainz, Despres take stage wins Dakar
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Dakar 2020, Stage 5: Sainz, Despres take stage wins

Carlos Sainz became the first repeat winner of this year's Dakar Rally as he beat Nasser Al-Attiyah to extend his advantage overall to just under six minutes.

Dakar 2020, Stage 5: Price fastest, Sunderland crashes out Dakar
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Dakar 2020, Stage 5: Price fastest, Sunderland crashes out

Toby Price became the first double stage winner of the bike class in the 2020 Dakar Rally as his KTM teammate Sam Sunderland crashed out of the event.

Sunderland penalty gifts Cornejo maiden stage win

Sam Sunderland lost his Stage 4 victory of the Dakar Rally as a result of a five-minute penalty he received for exceeding speed limits.