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Toyota's Al-Attiyah scores dominant Morocco Rally win

Toyota driver Nasser Al-Attiyah dominated from start to finish to claim victory in the 2021 Morocco Rally, as Pablo Quintanilla took top honours in the bikes category.

FIA, ASO launch new Cross-Country World Championship around Dakar

The FIA and ASO have announced a new Cross-Country World Championship for 2022, which will have the Dakar Rally as its main event.

Al-Attiyah wins Dakar warm-up event in Andalusia

Toyota driver Nasser Al-Attiyah beat Carlos Sainz to victory in the Andalusia Rally, the main warm-up event for next January's Dakar Rally.

Morocco Rally cancelled, replaced by Andalusian event

The 2020 edition of the Morocco Rally has been cancelled due to the rapid spread of coronavirus in Africa, organiser and Dakar Rally director David Castera has announced.

Silk Way Rally cancels 2020 edition outright

The 10th edition of the Silk Way Rally has been cancelled just over a month ahead of its scheduled start date due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Alonso scores first podium finish in Dakar build-up event

Double Formula 1 world champion Fernando Alonso achieved his first podium finish in cross-country rallying in the third of his Dakar Rally preparatory outings with Toyota.

Alonso left with "bittersweet" feeling in Morocco

Fernando Alonso says his run to 26th place overall in the Morocco Rally has left him with a "bittersweet" feeling, as a decision whether he will take part in the Dakar Rally looms.

Morocco Rally: De Villiers wins, Alonso 27th

Giniel de Villiers has won the 2019 edition of the Morocco Rally, after Carlos Sainz’s bid to topple the Toyota driver faltered in the final stage on Wednesday.

Morocco Rally: Sainz tops Stage 4, de Villiers takes lead

Two-time World Rally champion Carlos Sainz won the penultimate stage of the Morocco Rally on Tuesday, as Giniel de Villiers took advantage of Nasser Al-Attiyah’s troubles to surge into the overall lead.

Morocco Rally: Sainz wins Stage 3, Al-Attiyah retains lead

Two-time World Rally champion Carlos Sainz won the third stage of Morocco Rally on Monday, while Nasser Al-Attiyah finished second to retain the overall lead.

Morocco Rally: Al-Attiyah leads, Alonso inside top 10

Nasser Al-Attiyah continues to lead the Morocco Rally after Stage 2, while Toyota stablemate Fernando Alonso recovered from Saturday’s punctures to propel himself inside the top 10.

Morocco Rally: Al-Attiyah tops Stage 1, rocky start for Alonso

Nasser Al-Attiyah holds the top spot in the Morocco Rally after the conclusion of the first stage on Saturday, as Fernando Alonso’s first true cross-country rally got off to a rocky start.

Alonso: Morocco Rally key to Dakar decision

Two-time Formula 1 champion Fernando Alonso says this week's Morocco Rally will give him a "concrete" idea of whether he wishes to press ahead with plans to contest the Dakar Rally.

Alonso finishes 16th on eventful rally-raid debut

Two-time Formula 1 champion Fernando Alonso completed an eventful first rally-raid event with Toyota in South Africa last weekend in 16th position overall.

Price to consult doctor after experiencing numbness on comeback

Toby Price will consult with Dr Steve Andrews this week after experiencing numbness in his injured wrist during his two-wheel comeback in Chile.

Alonso: "Shocking" to climb dunes for first time

Two-time Formula 1 champion Fernando Alonso says climbing the Namibia dunes for the first time with the Toyota Hilux was “shocking”, as his preparation for a potential Dakar debut in 2020 began in earnest.

Alonso begins Dakar 2020 preparations with Toyota

Fernando Alonso and Toyota Gazoo Racing have unveiled the first stages of the preparation programme for the two-time Formula 1 world champion's planned Dakar Rally debut in 2020.

Sherco TVS wins Baja Aragon for second year in a row

Indo-French squad Sherco TVS registered its second consecutive victory in Baja Aragon after Michael Metge dominated the two-day Spanish rally from start to finish.

Merzouga Rally: Al-Attiyah and van Beveren complete victories Merzouga Rally
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Merzouga Rally: Al-Attiyah and van Beveren complete victories

Nasser Al-Attiyah and Adrien van Beveren confirmed their overall victories in SxS and bikes respectively on the Merzouga Rally in Morocco.

Merzouga Rally: India's Hero team scores impressive podium

Indian manufacturer Hero MotoCorp bagged a podium finish in the Merzouga Rally, with Oriol Menna finishing third after five days of rigorous cross-country rallying.

Merzouga Rally: Hinojo inflicts first defeat on Al-Attiyah

For the first time in Morocco’s Merzouga Rally, Dakar winner Nasser Al-Attiyah did not win a stage and Spaniards Jose Antonio Hinojo and Javier Blanco prevailed on stage four.

Merzouga Rally: Van Beveren extends lead as Metge blows engine

Adrien Van Beveren (Yamaha) extended his lead in the Merzouga Rally after his nearest rival, Michael Metge, broke the engine of his Sherco TVS on stage three of the Moroccan event.

Merzouga Rally: Van Beveren, Al-Attiyah win opening stage

Yamaha's works rider Adrien Van Beveren set the fastest time on the opening stage of the 2019 Merzouga Rally, while Dakar winner Nasser Al-Attiyah prevailed in the SxS class.

2018 in review: Indian rally drivers and riders

2018 was a monumental year for Indian rallying as Gaurav Gill made the long-awaited step up to WRC2 and TVS handed international debuts to several of its academy riders.

Morocco Rally: Sherco TVS' Tanveer scores podium in Enduro

Indian cross-country rally rider Abdul Wahid Tanveer put on an impressive performance in the Rally of Morocco, finishing second in the Enduro category for Sherco TVS.

PanAfrica Rally: Sherco TVS wins for second year in a row

Sherco TVS recorded its second win in the annual PanAfrica rally, with Michael Metge claiming the top spot for the Indo-French outfit.

Peugeot refugee Sainz joins X-raid Mini for 2019 Dakar Rally

Carlos Sainz Sr will enter the 2019 Dakar Rally to defend his title after signing with the X-raid Mini squad alongside Stephane Peterhansel and Cyril Despres, has learned.

Baja Aragon: Sherco TVS tops Day 1, Santosh 20th

Sherco TVS Racing team leads Baja Aragon after the first practice session and Prologue on Friday.

Pissay set to become first Indian woman in Baja Aragon

Sherco TVS has added Aishwarya Pissay to its Baja Aragon line-up, making her the first Indian woman to compete in the Spanish cross-country rally.

Victory for Can-Am at the Afriquia Merzouga Rally

A Can-Am derived vehicle won the Afriquia Merzouga Rally, a tough, five-day African desert endurance race.

Merzouga Rally: Sherco TVS finishes inside top 10, Santosh 19th

Joan Pedrero ensured a top 10 finish for Sherco TVS in the 2018 Merzouga Rally, while India’s CS Santosh was classified 19th after the final stage on Friday.

Merzouga Rally: Sherco TVS, Hero gain in tricky Stage 4 stage

Most riders from Shero TVS and Hero gained positions in the penultimate stage of Merzouga Rally on Thursday.

Merzouga Rally: Leading duo collide in “crazy” stage finish 

Honda's Joan Barreda still leads the Merzouga Rally, but Thursday's stage was overshadowed by a bizarre finish, where an unclear roadbook caused chaos and a collision between Barreda and Pablo Quintanilla.

Merzouga Rally: Sherco TVS maintains position, Santosh improves to P20

Sherco TVS’ Joan Pedrero and Lorenzo Santolino continue to hold a top 10 spot after Wednesday’s stage 3, while Hero rider CS Santosh improved to 20th position.

ALDO Racing launches new CR-6 rally truck

Canadian ALDO Racing Team launched their brand-new rally-raid vehicle, the ALDO Racing CR-6.

Merzouga Rally: Barreda extends lead with stage win, despite fall

Honda's Joan Barreda has extended his lead in Merzouga Rally by winning Wednesday's third stage in Morocco, despite a brief fall from his bike.

Merzouga Rally: Sherco TVS inside top 10 after Stage 2, Santosh 21st

Three riders from Sherco TVS hold a top 10 spot in Merzouga Rally after Stage 2, while India’s CS Santosh was classified 21st.

Merzouga Rally: Sherco TVS leads Hero after Stage 1

Sherco TVS had the upper hand over Hero in the first stage of Merzouga Rally on Monday.

Merzouga Rally: Barreda defies injury to win stage one

Honda rider Joan Barreda won the opening stage of the Merzouga Rally in Morocco, despite still suffering pain from a wrist injury.

Merzouga rally: Top 10 start for Sherco TVS, Santosh 27th

Sherco TVS started the 2018 Merzouga Rally with a top 10 finish in Sunday’s Prologue, while Indian rider CS Santosh was classified 27th for Hero.

Hero confirms Santosh, Mena for Merzouga rally

Hero MotoSports has announced a two-bike assault for the upcoming Merzouga cross-country rally, with CS Santosh confirmed as one of the Indian team’s two riders.

Canadian ALDO Racing Team to run the 2018 Silk Way Rally

The Canadian ALDO Rally-Raid Racing Team with driver David Bensadoun and co-driver Patrick Beaulé is ready to get back into competition this year.

2017 in review [Part 1]: Indian rally drivers and riders

In the first part of our season review, we give our take on Indian drivers and riders who represented our country internationally in short-distance and cross-country rallies.

Al-Attiyah beats Loeb to win Rally Morocco

Toyota's Nasser Al-Attiyah won the prestigious Rally Morocco for the fourth consecutive time, and was crowned FIA Cross-Country champion for the third time in a row.

Rally of Morocco: TVS Sherco’s Pedrero takes strong fifth place finish

Spaniard Joan Pedrero, with TVS Sherco, finished a fine fifth in the Oilibya Rally of Morocco on Tuesday.

Rally of Morocco: TVS Sherco’s Pedrero sixth after Stage 4

TVS Sherco’s Joan Pedrero and Hero MotoSport’s Joaquim Rodrigues were sixth and seventh overall respectively as the Indian manufacturers were placed well after Stage 4 on Monday.

Rally of Morocco: TVS Sherco's Pedrero fifth after Stage 3

TVS Sherco and Hero Motorsports riders continued to make progress, with the former’s rider Joan Pedrero being fifth after Stage 3.

Rally of Morocco: Indian teams continue progress in disrupted rally

Rain and the resulting over flooded rider beds wreaked havoc in Stage 2 of the Oilibya Rally of Morocco on Saturday.

Oilibya Rally of Morocco: Santosh, Aravind 18th, 20th after Stage 1

The TVS Sherco and Hero Motorsports teams enjoyed a good outing in the first stage of the Oilibya Rally of Morocco on Friday.

Gallery: Best photos from Silk Way Rally 2017

The Silk Way Rally is one of motorsport's greatest challenges, a Cross-Country event with a route that spans from Russia to China, via Kazakhstan. Here are the best images...

Despres seals Silk Way Rally victory for Peugeot

Peugeot driver Cyril Despres is set to win the Silk Way Rally for the second time after the Russo-Chinese event's final stage was cancelled.

Loeb forced out of Silk Way Rally due to wrist injury

Sebastien Loeb will not rejoin the Silk Way Rally after his heavy crash on Monday due to a wrist injury.

Loeb crashes out of dominant Silk Way Rally lead

Rally legend Sebastien Loeb has fallen out of contention for 2017 Silk Way Rally honours after losing his dominant lead with a crash on Monday's ninth stage.