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Dakar cancels Stage 12 for bikes, quads

Due to run a distance of 723 km from Fiambala to San Juan, Thursday’s running was supposed to make up the second part of the marathon stage, where overnight assistance from teams is prohibited.However prevailing weather conditions had put a ques

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Sainz has penalty rescinded for Dakar quad incident

Koolen had lodged a complaint to Dakar in the aftermath of the La Paz – Uyuni stage, alleging that he was hit by the Peugeot and that Sainz did not stop to assist him following the contact.The two-time World Rally champion was subsequently assessed

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Dakar 2018, Stage 11: Price fastest, Walkner cruises

KTM rider Price led at every waypoint of the 280km Belen-Fiambala stage, and ended up 1m38s clear of nearest rival Kevin Benavides (Honda) at the finish to grab the eighth stage win of his Dakar career.The 2016 champion moves up to third in the general

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Dakar 2018, Stage 11: Ten Brinke quickest for Toyota

Ten Brinke was the pace-setter for most of the day's running en route to wrapping up his second stage win in the Dakar – his first having come in the short opening test in the 2016 marathon.Peugeot's Cyril Despres was the Dutchman's nearest rival o

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Barreda forced to withdraw from Dakar Rally

The Spaniard had been in pain since damaging his knee on Saturday, but had been able to continue and held second overall going into Wednesday's stage, 39 minutes behind leader Matthias Walkner.However, 98km into the 280km Belen-Fiambala test, Barreda r

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Dakar 2018, Stage 10: Santosh inside top-40 despite crash

Riders had to complete an initial long liason of 424 km before starting off with the stage proper, which comprised of a distance of 373 km, taking the day’s total running to 797 km.The navigational challenges posed by the stage in Argentina shook u

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

Peterhansel recorded his third – and Peugeot's seventh – stage win of the event, and now has four days left to make up a 51-minute deficit to Sainz in his bid for a 14th Dakar triumph.The Salta – Belen stage kicked off the final, Arge

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

While the day started with six riders within less than 10 minutes of the overall leader, Walkner now holds a 39m42s advantage.The KTM rider had a quiet start to the day and was nearly seven minutes behind leader Kevin Benavides at the mid-session br

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Ostberg could keep private Ford as "back-up" in 2018

Citroen revealed during the 2018 WRC launch at Autosport International last week that it is recalling 2014/15 works driver Ostberg to drive an additional C3 in Sweden next month, in a deal agreed just hours earlier.He spent last season as a Ford privat

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Sainz under investigation for alleged quad incident

Dutch rider Kees Koolen said Sainz had hit his quad during the first half of the marathon stage running from La Paz to Uyuni.Dakar rules state that any driver who witnesses an incident must stop and assist the affected competitor and warn orga

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Citroen WRC boss Matton quits to join FIA

Matton takes over from Jarmo Mahonen at the head of the governing body’s rally department, while his job at Citroen will be taken by Pierre Budar – who had been running PSA Motorsport’s customer racing department.Budar takes over as C

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Dakar Rally, Stage 8: Santosh continues progress, Mena jumps Pedrero

Competitors had to cover a timed distance of 498 km between Uyuni to Tupiza in Sunday’s Stage 8, with the run comprising of mountain sand dunes at 3500 m above sea level.Despite admitting that it was the “hardest” stage he’s ever

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

Peterhansel was lower than usual in the starting order, having lost his overall lead on Saturday when he spent over an hour and a half at a standstill with suspension damage.On Sunday, he recovered a small chunk of the lost time, recording his second stag

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Dakar 2018, Stage 8: Meo outduels Brabec for win

The eighth stage, the longest one of the event with its 498km distance, was run between Bolivian cities Uyuni and Tupiza.KTM duo Meo and Toby Price were in first and second early on, but Honda's Ricky Brabec overcame both and led by the seventh of 10 w

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Dakar cancels Monday's Tupiza - Salta stage

The Tupiza – Salta test, ninth of the 14 scheduled for this year's marathon, was to feature a 242km timed special across classes and was to mark the end of the event's Bolivian leg.However, recent heavy rains in the area created doubts over the sta

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Dakar 2018, Stage 7: Sainz inherits large lead

Sainz had recorded his first stage win of this year's Dakar in the Arequipa – La Paz test, and picked up right where he left off after a rest day in the Bolivian capital.Opening the road in the 425km timed special, he arrived at the finish after fo

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Peterhansel loses Dakar lead after stoppage

Peterhansel, a 13-time Dakar champion, had entered the La Paz – Uyuni stage in Bolivia 27 minutes clear of teammate Carlos Sainz in the overall classification, and looked on course to add to his lead, topping the timesheets after three waypoints.In

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

Saturday's 425km La Paz-Uyuni test was the longest of the South American event so far, but Honda rider Barreda was unstoppable from the outset, leading at each and every waypoint.The Spaniard had begun the day in fifth overall, nine minutes behind teammat

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Mikkelsen: Hyundai WRC car reminds me of Volkswagen

Sebastien Ogier dominated the WRC with VW from 2013 until its shock exit at the end of the 2016 season, which left Ogier and his VW teammates Jari-Matti Latvala and Mikkelsen without a seat.Ogier and Latvala found seats but Mikkelsen was forced to begin t

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Up to 20 riders could still win Dakar, says Honda

Despite the opening six stages of the South American event being dominated by gruelling dunes and rugged off-road terrain, no one rider has been able to gain a decisive advantage during the first week, with less than 20 minutes splitting the top nine ride

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M-Sport adds Suninen to WRC line-up for eight rallies

Alongside his WRC2 campaign last year, Suninen contested Poland and Finland in an extra M-Sport WRC car and finished in the top six both times.He and co-driver Mikko Markkula will contest eight rounds, joining Sebastien Ogier and Elfyn Evans in the M-Spor

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Peterhansel: 2018 Dakar route reminiscent of Africa

The Frenchman is currently in a strong position to seal a 14th Dakar triumph, holding a 27-minute advantage over Peugeot teammate Carlos Sainz going into the rest day.A gruelling five days of dune running to open the Dakar have put paid to the victo

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Dakar 2018, Stage 6: Improved showing from Santosh

Santosh started his fourth Dakar outing on a strong note, finishing 13th in the opening stage and remaining in contention of a top-30 result until a loosely-fitted fuel cap in stage 3 dropped him down the orderThe start of the Bolivian leg of the rally ha

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

Sainz beat teammate and rally leader Stephane Peterhansel by four minutes and six seconds to pick up his first stage win in this year's Dakar.Taking place at altitude of around 4000 metres above sea level, the marathon's sixth stage marked the end of the

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

Due to poor weather conditions, the first 119 kilometres of the timed special, which saw the field move from Peru to Bolivia, were cancelled for the bike class.As a result, the field started their respective competitive runs near Lake Titicaca and the rem

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British rally champion targeting World RX debut

Higgins has signed for Dumfries-based Albatec Racing team to compete in at least the opening two rounds of the British Rallycross Championship and hopes to race in his home round of the World RX series.The Manxman will drive a 208 run as part of a collabo

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Mini driver Al-Rajhi survives Dakar ocean scare

Having been one of the front-runners during the early part of the fifth stage, Al-Rajhi dropped significant time thanks to a bizarre run in with the ocean during a 20-kilometre stretch along the beach.Having strayed a little too close to the water edge, h

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