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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".

Dakar 2021, Stage 2: Al-Attiyah fastest, Peterhansel leads Dakar
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Dakar 2021, Stage 2: Al-Attiyah fastest, Peterhansel leads

Nasser Al-Attiyah put Toyota on top in the second stage of the 2021 Dakar Rally on Monday, as Stephane Peterhansel eclipsed X-raid Mini teammate Carlos Sainz to take the overall lead.

Dakar 2021, Stage 2: Barreda wins on bad day for KTM Dakar
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Dakar 2021, Stage 2: Barreda wins on bad day for KTM

Joan Barreda achieved a landmark 25th Dakar Rally stage victory on Monday to vault into the overall lead of the event, while KTM's hopes of taking back the title from Honda took a knock.

Loeb explains nightmare start to 2021 Dakar Rally

Nine-time World Rally champion Sebastien Loeb has revealed how a series of navigational errors and punctures left him 24 minutes behind leader Carlos Sainz after the opening stage of the 2021 Dakar Rally.

Sainz: COVID "doubles pressure" on 2021 Dakar Rally

Rally legend Carlos Sainz says there is “double the pressure” on competitors in the Dakar Rally due to the uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Dakar 2021, Stage 1: Sainz leads Mini teammate Peterhansel Dakar
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Dakar 2021, Stage 1: Sainz leads Mini teammate Peterhansel

Carlos Sainz edged out Stephane Peterhansel in the opening stage of the 2021 Dakar Rally to establish an early 1-2 for the X-raid Mini team in Saudi Arabia.

Dakar 2021, Stage 1: Price grabs lead, Brabec struggles Dakar
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Dakar 2021, Stage 1: Price grabs lead, Brabec struggles

Toby Price began his quest for a third Dakar Rally title by winning the opening stage of the 2021 edition, while defending champion Ricky Brabec suffered a difficult first day.

Dakar 2021: Al-Attiyah, Brabec fastest in Prologue

Toyota star Nasser Al-Attiyah topped Saturday’s Prologue for the 2021 Dakar Rally in Saudi Arabia, as Ricky Brabec got his title defence off to a great start in the bikes category.

Toyota: Dakar speed limit will stop X-raid "running away"

Toyota has welcomed the imposition of a speed limit for this year's Dakar Rally, and believes this will prevent rival squad X-raid Mini from "running away" on the event's faster stages.

Audi could use DTM engine in its 'electric' Dakar entry

Audi’s Class One-spec DTM engine could find its way into the manufacturer’s upcoming ‘electric’ Dakar Rally challenger in 2022, Motorsport.com has learned.

How ASO managed to save the 2021 Dakar Rally Dakar
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How ASO managed to save the 2021 Dakar Rally

Ensuring the 2021 Dakar Rally goes ahead in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic has been anything but straightforward. Organiser ASO explains how it managed to work within the strict confines of host country Saudi Arabia's coronavirus measures.

KTM says future Dakar wins will now be "valued more"

KTM team manager Jordi Viladoms says that the end of the Austrian manufacturer's Dakar Rally winning streak will mean any future success will be "valued more".

Dakar bike stars hit out at "dangerous" new tyre rules
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Dakar bike stars hit out at "dangerous" new tyre rules

Some of the Dakar Rally's leading motorcycle riders have hit out at new regulations for the 2021 edition limiting the number of rear tyres at each competitor's disposal to improve safety.

Barreda: Dakar 2021 could be my last on two wheels

Honda rider Joan Barreda admits that the 2021 edition of the Dakar Rally could mark his final participation in the event on a motorcycle.

Roma gets new Dakar co-driver after COVID positive

Bahrain Raid Xtreme Team driver Nani Roma will have a new co-driver in the Dakar Rally after Dani Oliveras tested positive for COVID-19 ahead of the event.

Sainz believes Dakar win between Toyota and X-raid

Rally legend Carlos Sainz believes the fight for overall honours in the 2021 Dakar Rally will be between Toyota and X-raid Mini.

Loeb: BRX not entering Dakar to be behind Toyota, X-raid

World Rally Championship legend Sebastien Loeb says the Prodrive-run Bahrain Raid Xtreme team is not entering the Dakar Rally to finish behind established outfits like Toyota and X-raid Mini.

Meeke "felt like a kid at Christmas" in first Dakar test

World Rally Championship veteran Kris Meeke "felt like a kid at Christmas" during his first test for PH Sport, the team with which he will compete in the 2021 Dakar Rally.

Ekstrom to make Dakar debut with X-raid

World Rallycross and two-time DTM champion Mattias Ekstrom will make his debut on the Dakar Rally in Saudi Arabia in January with the experienced X-raid team, driving a new Yamaha SxS machine.

Why Sebastien Loeb has joined forces with an old enemy for Dakar

Sebastien Loeb remains as committed as ever after 19 years at the top level. Since returning part-time with Citroen to the World Rally Championship in 2018 and continuing in a third Hyundai for the past two seasons, the nine-time champion has managed to add a victory and a further two podiums to his tally.

Hydrogen-powered car to compete in 2024 Dakar Rally

Former World Rallycross team GCK Motorsport has launched a four-year off-road programme, starting with an all-electric vehicle and culminating in a hydrogen machine in the 2024 Dakar Rally.

Dakar releases details of 2021 Saudi Arabia route

The Dakar Rally has released details of the route for the 2021 edition, featuring nearly 5,000 competitive kilometres divided into 12 stages.

Loeb "confident" for Dakar after first desert testing

Sebastien Loeb believes the Bahrain Raid Xtreme squad "will do something quite good" in January's Dakar Rally following his first desert test in the team's Prodrive-built car.

Dakar 2021 participation set to be the lowest in 25 years

The 2021 Dakar Rally is set to feature the lowest participation of the last 25 editions as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the provisional entry list published by organiser Amaury Sport Organisation.

Loeb, Roma complete first BRX test ahead of Dakar

The Bahrain Raid Xtreme team has completed its first test with its 2021 Dakar Rally challenger with drivers Sebastien Loeb and Nani Roma.

Sainz, Peterhansel stay at X-raid Mini for Dakar 2021

The X-raid Mini team has retained Carlos Sainz and Stephane Peterhansel for the 2021 Dakar Rally in Saudi Arabia.

Loeb joins Prodrive-run Bahrain team for Dakar return
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Loeb joins Prodrive-run Bahrain team for Dakar return

Nine-time World Rally champion Sebastien Loeb will return to the Dakar Rally in 2021 after signing a deal with the Prodrive-run Bahrain Raid Xtreme team.

Loeb set for Dakar return with Prodrive-run Bahrain team

Sebastien Loeb is set to compete in the 2021 Dakar Rally with the Prodrive-run Bahrain Raid Xtreme team, Motorsport.com has learned.

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.

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.

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.